Schedule

Upcoming Events

From Adversity to Triumph

November 9, 2022

New York, NY

Rescheduled from January 2022, Voices of Ascension and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City perform The Glass Box, Paola Prestini’s gripping oratorio from 2018 about young refugees in Sweden afflicted by a coma-like condition. Voices will also give the world premiere of James Bassi’s Protect, a reflection on humanity’s collective struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic. The evening culminates in brilliance and victory with Haydn’s magnificent “Lord Nelson” Mass.

Church of the Ascension

Iroquois Amphitheater

September 10, 2022

Louisville, KY

Kicking off the season with a free concert at Iroquois Amphitheater, the Louisville Orchestra celebrates with a colorful program of symphonic music. The featured soloist is pianist LARA DOWNES performing Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. She is the creator of Rising Sun Music, a recording series that sheds light on the music and stories of Black composers over the last 200 years.

Iroquois Amphitheate

Stillpoint: The Art of the Piano Festival

July 10, 2022

Cincinnati, OH

Awadagin Pratt, celebrated pianist and conductor, explores the truth and beauty found within T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets through its sibling universe in music. Joined by composers Tyshawn Sorey, Paola Prestini, Peteris Vasks, Jessie Montgomery, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Alvin Singleton and Judd Greenstein, out-of-the-voice-box, super-group Roomful of Teeth and armed with seven newly composed works, Pratt embraces Eliot in a concert-length narrative that expresses an elemental truth…”at the still point of the turning world…there the dance is…and there is only the dance.”

Masterclass: Art of the Piano

July 11, 2022

Cincinnati, OH

Masterclass/seminar with Paola Prestini whose new work is part of the Stillpoint project. Young Artists from the Art of the Piano program will be playing for Paola and asking her questions. The public is invited to attend and listen.

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

February 22, 2023

Stockholm, SE

The Swedish premiere of Paola Prestini's 'Barcarola', conducted by Speranza Scappucci

The Main Hall

Romaeuropa Festival 2022

November 15, 2022

Rome, IT

Paola Prestini presents her multimedia project Houses of Zodiac: Poems for Cello , an immersive live / installation in which music, word, movement and image are combined to explore the intersection between mind body and nature. Alongside cellistJeffrey Zeigler, former member of the Kronos Quartet, Prestini combines texts by Anaïs Nin, Pablo Neruda, Brenda Shaughnessy and Natasha Trethewey, unites the most disparate worlds and imaginaries and reflects on the themes of being, becoming, solitude, communion and freedom.

Aging Magician

May 14, 2022

San Diego, CA

This sweeping and inspiring new multi-media operatic work employs video projection, shadow puppetry, and cutting-edge stage craft to tell the story of Harold (Rinde Eckert); a man on his vibrant last adventure as he explores the allegory of time, youth and the peculiar magic of ordinary life.

Balboa Theatre

Ravinia Festival

August 27, 2022

Highland Park, IL

Boosting Stephen Sondheim’s legacy as a composer for all time, Anthony de Mare brings that songbook to solo piano with 50 inspirations at his fingertips, created by the likes of Jon Batiste, Steve Reich, Paola Prestini, and more.

Spoleto Festival (Italy)

June 24, 2022

Spoleta, ITAL

Continuing the tradition of midday concerts established by Gian Carlo Menotti, the musicians of the Budapest Orchestra deliver a series of chamber performances at the Teatro Caio Melisso Spazio Carla Fendi. The programme of the morning concerts is a tribute to Gian Carlo Menotti, with a new transcription for voice and ensemble of the Canti della lontananza and pieces by contemporary composers.

Long Play Festival

May 1, 2022

Brooklyn, NY

Under the direction of their founder Dianne Berkun Menaker the Brooklyn Youth Chorus has become one of the most inspiring, ambitious, and polished ensembles in the city. Singing music by Nathalie Joachim, Tania León, Paola Prestini, Olga Bell and Gity Razaz.

Philharmonia Orchestra

November 3, 2022

London, UK

Anna Clyne, the Philharmonia’s Featured Composer, curates a free evening of chamber music by some of the most engaging composers working today. Paola Prestini’s 'G-force', dedicated to the memory of a friend and “a life fully lived”, combines the traditional textures of a string quartet with the otherworldly sound of the vibraphone.

Ravinia Festival

September 10, 2022

Highland Park, IL

Inna Faliks breaks ground with the first full performance of nine social responses she commissioned on Maurice Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Op. 126 Bagatelles plus the original masterpieces.

Cabrillo Festival

July 30, 2022

Santa Cruz, CA

Paola Prestini’s piano concerto Let Me See the Sun, which features trailblazing pianist Lara Downes. The concerto is about the human impulse to remain hopeful, and what it means to struggle towards clarity and light. The work is structured as a dialogue between piano and orchestra, at times contentious and at times unified.

Edward Tulane: World Premiere

October 16, 2022

Minneapolis, MN

Edward Tulane is a toy rabbit who thinks of himself as quite exceptional. Content in his easy life, his world is upturned when he is separated from his loving family. Based on the best-seller by local author Kate DiCamillo.

International Trumpet Guild

June 1, 2022

San Antonio, TX

Monarch Brass will perform Paola's original composition 'Wave' at the International Trumpet Guild.

Con Alma Live

April 1, 2022

San Miguel de Allende, MX

Magos Herrera and Paola Prestini will present the live Con Alma concert, which includes original works and selections from the Mexican and jazz songbook. The concert celebrates a groundbreaking journey from creating a digital work viewed by audiences around the world, to a live theatrical version.

Oregon Bach Festival

June 22, 2022

Eugene, OR

Simone Dinnerstein joins forces with pianist-activist Lara Downes for a celebration of trailblazing American artists called “Variations on a Dream,” performed June 22. The concert includes the world premiere of the Oregon Bach Festival commission, “Let Me See the Sun,” from Paola Prestini.

Teatro Carlo Felice

May 19, 2022

Genova, Italy

The European premiere of Paola Prestini's 'Barcarola', conducted by Speranza Scappucci.

Houses of Zodiac

June 5, 2022

Los Angeles, CA

This collaboration between composer Paola Prestini, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, Sankai Juku dancer Dai Matsuoka, New York City Ballet dancer Georgina Pazcoguin, and filmmaker Murat Eyuboglu explore the intersection of mind, body, and nature—themes mirrored in the recent artworks of Takashi Murakami which express his interests in spirituality and ecological and human-made disasters. Houses of Zodiac is a series of live cello solos and dance, with lush filmic visuals and poetic interludes by Pablo Neruda, Anaïs Nin, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Natasha Tretheway underscored by Zeigler along with musicians such as Nels Cline and Tanya Tagaq.

The Broad Museum

Con Alma Live

March 26, 2022

Palacio de Bellas Artes, MX

Magos Herrera and Paola Prestini will present the live Con Alma concert, which includes original works and selections from the Mexican and jazz songbook, at Palacio de Bellas Artes on March 26th. The concert celebrates a groundbreaking journey from creating a digital work viewed by audiences around the world, to a live theatrical version in Mexico City’s cultural center.

Next Ensemble and Peabody Camerata: Celebrating 150 Years of Composition

March 4, 2022

Baltimore, MD

World premiere of 'Let the Wind Speak for Choir, Percussion and Cello' at Peabody Conservatory.

AloneTogether

December 17, 2021

New York, NY

AloneTogether comprises spoken word, poetry, sculpture, video art, music, and film and features 500 YPC choristers, 15 composers and songwriters, seven poets, three choreographers, and two filmmakers. Featuring a newly-commissioned work by Paola Prestini.

The 5 Boroughs Music Festival

November 21, 2021

Queens, NY

The Cramer Quartet premieres the Seven Last Words Project, featuring Paola Prestini's "It is finished," at the 5 Boroughs Music Festival.

The 5 Boroughs Music Festival

November 18, 2021

New York, NY

The Cramer Quartet premieres the Seven Last Words Project, featuring Paola Prestini's "It is finished," at the 5 Boroughs Music Festival.

Sensorium Ex: Voice beyond Language

November 11, 2021

Rome, Italy

Paola Prestini will be joined by Copenhagen’s Enactlab to discuss their interdisciplinary arts, research, and community project centered around Prestini’s opera, Sensorium Ex, a multi-sensory narrative woven together at the intersections of disability and artificial intelligence.

Sjaella at Kirke Harstad

November 7, 2021

Trondenes, Germany

Acclaimed Leipzig-based vocal sextet Sjaella performs Paola Prestini's 'A Triptych for Our Time'‍

Sjaella at Sint-Waldetrudiskerk

September 30, 2021

Herentals, Germany

Acclaimed Leipzig-based vocal sextet Sjaella performs Paola Prestini's 'A Triptych for Our Time'‍

Sjaella at Evangelischen Kirche

September 24, 2021

Wallern an der Trattnach, Germany

Acclaimed Leipzig-based vocal sextet Sjaella performs Paola Prestini's 'A Triptych for Our Time'‍

Sjaella at Paderborner Dom

September 18, 2021

Paderborn, Germany

Acclaimed Leipzig-based vocal sextet Sjaella performs Paola Prestini's 'A Triptych for Our Time'‍

Sjaella at Basilika St. Margareta

September 17, 2021

Düsseldorf, Germany

Acclaimed Leipzig-based vocal sextet Sjaella performs Paola Prestini's 'A Triptych for Our Time'

Liaisons: Re-imagining Sondheim from the Piano

March 26, 2022

New York, NY

Pianist Anthony de Mare performs a new work by Paola Prestini as part of the landmark commissioning and concert project Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano.

Reimagine: Beethoven and Ravel

January 13, 2022

Beverly Hills, CA

Pianist Inna Faliks performs new works from her album 'Reimagine: Beethoven and Ravel,' including Paola Prestini's 'Variations on a Spell'

Protestra

October 30, 2021

New York, NY

Protestra performs Thrush Song by Paola Prestini

Irish Arts Center

September 23, 2021

New York, NY

World premiere of "What the Silence Said," written by Marie Howe, composed by Paola Prestini, and performed by Nels Cline, Yuka C. Honda, and Jeffrey Zeigler.

21c Liederabend

December 15, 2021

Brooklyn, NY

Beth Morrison Projects and National Sawdust present an audience-interactive and sensorial iteration of 21c Liederabend, featuring new works by Paola Prestini and others.

Orchestre Métropolitain

April 8, 2022

Montréal, Canada

Orchestre Métropolitain performs Paola Prestini's 'Barcarola' alongside works by Debussy and Alma Mahler.

Therme Forum: Exploring the Future

August 28, 2021

Sibiu, Romania

This panel will explore the future of creative expression in the context of rapidly evolving technologies and economic, political, and social change.

Houses of Zodiac Pre-Launch Event

September 9, 2021

New York, NY

Presented by Death of Classical, the pre-release event for Houses of Zodiac: Poems for Cello (out September 10 on National Sawdust Tracks) includes a reception and spirits tasting, performances by Jeffrey Zeigler, readings of the poetry featured on the album, and an exclusive preview of the film and immersive video projections by Murat Eyuboglu, featuring dancers Georgina Pazcoguin and Dai Matsuoka.

National Sawdust

Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

September 19, 2021

Charlottesville, VA

"Thrush Song" with words by Maria Popova, performed in Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival's Series Concert Five, with Benjamin Rous, conductor; Rachel Calloway, soprano; Soovin Kim, violin; Aki Saulière, violin; Timothy Summers, viola; Raphael Bell, cello; I-Jen Fang, percussion.

Old Cabell Hall

New Century Chamber Orchestra

November 4, 2021

Berkeley, CA

World premiere with Tanya Tagaq from her new album with Saul Williams

Bryant Park Picnics: Diametrically Composed

September 17, 2021

New York, NY

World premiere of Allison Loggins-Hull's commissioning project Diametrically Composed, with mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran and pianist Gabriela Martinez, featuring works by Prestini and others

Aging Magician at San Diego Opera

May 9, 2022

San Diego, CA

In its west coast premiere, Aging Magician is a hauntingly beautiful hybrid of opera and theatre that combines opera, choral music, and puppetry, composed by Paola Prestini and produced by Beth Morrison Projects.

Balboa Theatre

Edward Tulane Choral Suite

December 13, 2021

Minneapolis, MN

Halted by the pandemic, Minnesota Opera’s premiere of Edward Tulane was put on hold. Tune in for a virtual concert featuring choral highlights from Paola Prestini's opera based on the best-selling novel by Kate DiCamillo. Streaming begins December 13.

America/Beautiful

July 9, 2021

New York, NY

America/Beautiful is a project by pianist and arts advocate Min Kwon, in which she has commissioned a diverse group of more than 70 of today’s leading American composers to each compose a variation on “America the Beautiful.” The series culminates in two live programs at Green-Wood Cemetery on July 8 and 9.

The Catacombs at the Green-Wood Cemetery

21c Liederabend, Op. Worldwide

June 27, 2021

New York, NY

Paola Prestini and Beth Morrison present 21c Liederabend, Op. Worldwide (digital), the first installment of Contemplations from National Sawdust celebrating the institution's 5th anniversary

The Red Book at Fadensonnen

May 8, 2021

Baltimore, MD

Performance by the Thalea Quartet

American Composers Orchestra Professional Development Panel: Programming & Digital Curation

May 19, 2021

New York, NY

Paola Prestini will be joined by composer Kamala Sankaram and sound artists Mendi and Keith Obadike to discuss online programming and classical music in the digital age. American Composers Orchestra president Melissa Ngan will moderate.

Maryland Symphony Orchestra (Sharon Isbin)

April 11, 2021

Hagerstown, MD

Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin performs Tango! by Paola Prestini with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Mark Campbell: New Work

April 14, 2021

New York, NY

In this New York Festival of Song showcase, Pulitzer- and Grammy-winning librettist/lyricist Mark Campbell previews new work including songs from Paola Prestini's opera Edward Tulane, commissioned by Minnesota Opera

New York Festival of Song

The Future of Performance

May 11, 2021

New York, NY

Influential opera director Yuval Sharon will join Paola Prestini to discuss arts leadership in times of change, the future of performance and the operatic form, collaborating with artists and creating safe spaces for all.

Caramoor Conversations: The Red Book

March 28, 2021

Katonah, NY

Paola Prestini joins renowned author Sonu Shamdasani to discuss the inspirations behind her new quartet based on Carl Jung's The Red Book, which will receive its livestreamed world premiere on Sunday, April 11, 2021 by the Thalea String Quartet.

Active Hope - Episode 5 (Livestream)

June 24, 2021

New York, NY

Episode 5 of the #ActiveHopePodcast discusses feminism and social justice, as well as beauty and aesthetics in partnership with the Apollo Theater and the Kennedy Center.

Active Hope - Episode 4 (Livestream)

May 27, 2021

New York, NY

Episode 4 of the #ActiveHopePodcast discusses futurism in partnership with the Apollo Theater and the Kennedy Center.

Active Hope - Episode 3 (Livestream)

April 22, 2021

New York, NY

Episode 3 of the #ActiveHopePodcast discusses borders live in partnership with the Apollo Theater and the Kennedy Center.

Active Hope - Episode 2 (Livestream)

March 12, 2021

New York, NY

Episode 2 of the #ActiveHopePodcast discusses incarceration, law, and politics live in partnership with the Apollo Theater and the Kennedy Center.

AMP Concerts

February 7, 2021

New York, NY

Exploring the Creative Process with Paola Prestini & Magos Herrera at AMP Concerts: Screening of videos from the Con Alma project, including a world premiere video, La Creación de las Aves (The Creation of The Birds), followed by an online discussion and Q&A. Hosted by the National Hispanic Cultural Center, in collaboration with UNM's Latin America and Iberian Institute.

Chicago Opera Theater

January 26, 2021

Chicago, IL

Panelist for Chicago Opera Theater 'Inner Workings' Discussion: Taking Care of Business

No One Is Forgotten

February 24, 2021

New York, NY

Premiere of No One Is Forgotten: A Live Radio Opera Experience at HERE

Active Hope

January 8, 2021

New York, NY

Live kickoff event for the #ActiveHopePodcast with the Apollo Theater and the Kennedy Center

National Sawdust FERUS Festival

January 7, 2021

New York, NY

Talkback with Ash Koosha and Tateo Nakajima

SphinxConnect

January 29, 2021

New York, NY

Panelist for Presenting Progress: American Classical Heritage at SphinxConnect 2021 (2:20pm ET)

Evolution of the Arts in a Digital World Symposium

February 10, 2021

Alberta, Canada

Speaker for the Artists and Technology Working Together panel at the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's Evolution of the Arts in a Digital World Symposium

Artists and Technology Working Together

Con Alma

December 13, 2020

New York, NY

Con Alma - The Digital Event

Livestream

G-Force at CSO

November 12, 2020

Chicago, IL

Part of CSO Sessions

Livestream

Tree of 40 Fruit

October 3, 2020

Brooklyn, NY

Performance with Pioneer Works

Pioneer Works

The Colorado

September 2, 2020

Tempe, AZ

Public Broadcast premiere of The Colorado with Arizona PBS

Arizona PBS

From the Bones to the Fossils at Bang on a Can

August 16, 2020

New York, NY

Performance by Jeffrey Zeigler

Masterclass w/ Helga Davis feat. Amir ElSaffar

August 21, 2020

New York, NY

National Sawdust

Masterclass w/ Helga Davis feat. Trimpin

August 14, 2020

New York, NY

National Sawdust

Masterclass w/ Helga Davis feat. Lawrence Brownlee

August 7, 2020

New York, NY

National Sawdust

Masterclass w/ Helga Davis feat. Jennifer Walshe

July 17, 2020

New York, NY

National Sawdust

Masterclass w/ Helga Davis feat. Lara St. John

July 10, 2020

New York, NY

National Sawdust

The Red Book at Caramoor

April 11, 2021

Katonah, NY

World Premiere performance by the Thalea Quartet

Aging Magician at San Diego Opera

March 26, 2021

San Diego, CA

POSTPONED

Balboa Theatre

Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar

July 25, 2020

New York, NY

Finale Chamber Concert

NEW INC Bonfire Guest Lecture

December 9, 2019

New York, NY

NEW INC at The New Museum

Sensorium Ex

December 3, 2019

Urbana, IL

The Krannert Center in The Lyric Theater at the University of Illinois

Edward Tulane

November 18, 2019

Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Opera

Lecture at the Composers Forum

November 14, 2019

New York, NY

Mannes School of Music | The New School

20th Anniversary Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) Clocktower Award for Paola Prestini

October 29, 2019

New York, NY

Silent Light

September 12, 2019

New York, NY

Imaginary World of Wild Order: A Mass

September 12, 2019

New York, NY

Fistful of Stars from The Hubble Cantata

September 11, 2019

New York, NY

Fistful of Stars from The Hubble Cantata @ The Skylight Pavilion

Juilliard School Composer of Today Initiative

September 9, 2019

New York, NY

The Juilliard School ‘Composer of Today’ Global K-12 Program Educational Initiative @ The Juilliard School

Margaret Greenham Theatre

July 4, 2019

Alberta, Canada

Margaret Greenham Theatre @ Banff Center for the Arts

Nightsong

June 9, 2019

Cooperstown, NY

NightSong: Ian Rosenbaum @ Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

Forward Music Project

May 30, 2019

Beverly Hills, CA

Forward Music Project @ The Wallis Annenberg Center

National Sawdust

May 15, 2019

Rotterdam, Netherlands

National Sawdust @ Classical:NEXT, Rotterdam

Silent Voices: Amplify

May 2, 2019

New York, NY

Silent Voices: Amplify @ New Victory Theater

Sound of Science

April 20, 0219

Austin, TX

The Seven Last Words

April 16, 2019

New York, NY

Juilliard Historical Performance Commission

The Stone: Featuring Jeffrey Zeigler

April 6, 2019

New York, NY

Performance of works in collaboration with cellist Jeffrey Zeigler

The Stone: Featuring Dave Nelson

April 5, 2019

New York, NY

Performance of new works for trombone and electronics with Dave Nelson of the duo Nelson Patton

The Stone: Opera and Foley Art

April 4, 2019

New York, NY

Performance of an excerpt Stellet Licht – that will be workshopped at Banff Opera in the 21st Century

The Stone: Amanda Gookin

April 3, 2019

New York, NY

Performance of To Tell a Story by Amanda Gookin, cello and electronics

The Stone: The Voice and AI

April 2, 2019

New York, NY

New works for voice, exploring extended techniques, AI, and a new sound world @ The New School

For Becca

April 2, 2019

New York, NY

For Becca, @ Miller Theater

Performance of For Becca @ Miller Theatre

Silent Voices: Amplify

April 1, 2019

Washington, D.C.

Silent Voices: Amplify @ The Kennedy Center Direct Current

Union

March 18, 2019

Boston, MA

Performance of Union @ New England Conservatory of Music

Sound of Science

March 2, 2019

Mexico City, Mexico

Sound of Science @ Centro de Artes Vivas