Anthony McGill to join with JACK for premiere of Gordon Clarinet Quintet

Photo: Katie Smith
Photo: Katie Smith

Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, will join forces with the previously announced JACK Quartet for the American Music Project’s first concert in New York, November 20 at Roulette. The event will feature the world premiere of Geoffrey Gordon’s Clarinet Quintet, the second work commissioned by the Chicago-based project.

The program will also include Earle Brown’s String Quartet, John Cage’s Quartet In Four Parts and John Luther Adams’ The Wind in High Places.

The artists will repeat the program March 6, 2016 in Chicago at Ganz Hall.

The American Music Project (AMP) is a nonprofit foundation created in August of 2014 by Lawrence A. Johnson, music critic and founder of the Classical Review websites, to promote, commission and facilitate performances of music by American classical composers.

Amy Wurtz’s Piano Quintet, the first AMP commission, was premiered in Chicago last October, on a program alongside works of David Diamond and Irving Fine.

The inaugural American Music Project grant awards, which help fund performances of works by American composers, will be announced Monday, August 17. The awards will go to organizations, ensembles and individuals performing American repertory in the 2015-16 season.