Spring for Music, the annual celebration of inventive orchestral programming at Carnegie Hall, is asking for public comment and voting on submissions for its 2014 season. "While the public vote won't solely determine the programs that are chosen," S4M advises, "it has an influence on the decisions." The public portion of the selection process ends tomorrow; at the moment, a program of Andrew Balfour, Vincent Ho, and Atli Heimir Sveinsson is well in the lead. I'd like to put in a word for Program 26, which offers the following salty combination:
John Luther Adams: Become Ocean (NY Premiere) 45’
Edgard Varèse: Déserts 16’
Claude Debussy: La Mer 23’
Become Ocean will be JLA's first large-scale full-orchestral piece. "It will include spatial elements that utilize in full the remarkable acoustics of our hall," the unnamed orchestra writes. "In the event that the New York performance proceeds, the composer will also design the piece from inception to make the maximum effect in Carnegie Hall." This I would like to hear. But there are many other good programs on offer. Nos. 1 and 2 will look familiar to those who have been following the rising fortunes of a certain outer-borough orchestra.