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Commissions

From the beginning, IRIS has set out to demonstrate that classical music is not a fixed canon, but a vital art form that is constantly acquiring new works and new energy. IRIS contributes to that vitality by commissioning new works from both established and emerging composers. Artistic Director Michael Stern considers the commissioning process to be an obligation to the future of music. “Many treasured masterpieces that we now consider staples of the repertoire would not exist if not for the nurturing encouragement and support of individual patrons, performers, and musical organizations. From Haydn and Beethoven to Stravinsky and Bartok, an investment in the inspired creativity of great composers has enriched our artistic legacy beyond measure.

“IRIS musicians approach both the old standbys and the newer music with zest. I love the fact that we are exposed to a range of music, hearing lesser-known works of famous composers and different variations of the old favorites.”

-IRIS Subscriber

Adolphe, Bruce

Violin Concerto, I will Not Remain Silent
world premiere – IRIS commission
Date: 01/24/15

Bolcom, William

Cabaret Songs
world premiere – IRIS commission
Date: 04/07/05

Brubeck, Chris

Travels in Time for Three
IRIS commission

Clyne, Anna

Prince of Clouds
Date: 11/13/12

Danielpour, Richard

In the Arms of the Beloved, double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra
world premiere – IRIS commission
Date: 04/20/02

Fine, Marshall

The Infinite Garden
world premiere – IRIS commission
Date: 03/05/05

Hartke, Stephen

Clarinet concerto, Landscapes with Blues
world premiere – IRIS commission
Date: 04/28/01

Leshnoff, Jonathan

Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra
world premiere – IRIS commission
Date: 03/29/08

Leshnoff, Jonathan

Rush world premiere
Date: 01/31/09

Leshnoff, Jonathan

Forgotten Chants and Refrains (Symphony No. 1)
world premiere – IRIS commission
Date: 12/04/04-12/05/04

Meyer, Edgar

Concerto No. 2 for Doublebass and Orchestra
world premiere – IRIS commission
Date: 04/12/03

Patterson, Robert

Oasis
world premiere – IRIS commission
Date: 03/05/05

Rorem, Ned

Songs Old and New
world premiere – IRIS commission
Date: 11/08/08

Ruo, Huang

Path of Echoes – Chamber Symphony No. 1
world premiere – IRIS commission
Date: 03/24/06

Schoenberg, Adam

Finding Rothko
world premiere – IRIS commission
Date: 01/13/07

Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe

Rituals, for percussion group and chamber orchestra
world premiere – IRIS commission
Date: 03/06/04