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Boston Modern Orchestra Project CD Release, Portrait Concert in Boston, Upcoming Premieres and Performances


Toronto Concert Review profiles the Toronto Symphony premiere of A Hero's Welcome, conducted by Hannu Lintu: "The fanfare built to a jubilant climax...a reminder that while the returning hero may be celebrated, the fighting continues" (March 2017)

The Debrecen Passion, work for 12 female voices and orchestra, is nominated for Classical Composition of the Year in the 2017 Juno Awards (February 2017)

The Debrecen Passion, album of Kati's orchestral and vocal works on the BMOPSound label, is one of The Boston Globe's Top Ten Classical Albums of 2016: "sublime....a mystical confluence of the sacred and secular illuminated by the superb Lorelei Ensemble and BMOP" (December 2016)

The Washington Post reviews the U.S premiere of Tantric Variations, Kati Agocs's first string quartet, at the Library of Congress by the Cecilia String Quartet: "Gorgeously played...It was as if the very string-quartet structure that Gubaidulina had dismantled in her piece was being reconstituted and given a sense of hope by Agócs" (December 2016)

The Debrecen Passion, album on the BMOPSound label, is a 2016 MusicWeb International Recording of the Year: "highly imaginative and compelling" (December 2016)

U.S. premiere of Tantric Variations (Cecilia String Quartet Commission) at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on the Library's Stradivari instruments (December 2016) Listen to WQXR's on demand stream of the performance

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Prince Edwards Island Symphony Orchestra co-commission Kati Agócs to write an orchestral work celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday as part of the Canada Mosaic Project; The TSO and the Prince Edward Island Symphony will premiere the work in 2017 (November 2016)

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra commissions Kati Agócs to write a competition piece for solo piano to be presented by all finalists in the Iowa Piano Competition in March 2017 (November 2016)

Chamber Music Northwest 
commissions Kati Agócs to write a piano trio with Summer 2017 premiere by the Claremont Trio (November 2016)

The first round nomination ballot for the GRAMMY® award  includes The Debrecen Passion and Vessel for Best Classical Composition and Best Small Ensemble Performance respectively (October 2016)

Members of the Sarasota Symphony perform Immutable Dreams in Sarasota, FL; The Sarasota Observer says: "we need to hear more of this composer" (October 2016)

The Debrecen Passion is Music Web International's Album of the Month: "a moving, spiritual experience, both powerful and with a timeless appeal...a disc worthy of attention, and guaranteed to offer an overwhelming experience..." (September 2016)

Hymn performances by PRISM Saxophone Quartet in New York and Philadelphia on Color Theory program (June 2016)

Immutable Dreams performances in New York and Boston; profile of Third Sound concert at National Sawdust in The New Yorker (May 2016)

The Cecilia String Quartet premieres Tantric Variations, first String Quartet by Kati Agócs (CSQ Commission), in Toronto (April 2016)

Review of Toronto Symphony Orchestra performance of Perpetual Summer under Thomas Søndergårdby Ontario Arts Review: " ideal choice as the overture for the evening's program" (April 2016)

Audiophile Audition reviews the new albumThe Debrecen Passion: "One of the brightest stars in her generation of composers...the more I hear of Kati Agócs's music, the more I like it..." (September 2016)

The Debrecen Passion is New York's WQXR Q2 Album of the Week: "high-craft, high-drama music...hurtles themes of love and devotion through a particularly intense prism of influences and language" (January 2016)

Boston Globe review of Kati Agócs portrait concert in Jordan Hall, Boston: "Hub New Music transports with all-Kati Agócs program" (January 2016)

Boston Musical Intelligencer review of Kati Agócs portrait concert in Boston: "Stunningly varied works that clearly emerge from a single personality...a distinct voice that is challenging without being elusive... an unshakable emotional core" (January 2016)

Boston's Hub New Music premieres Hyacinth Curl, a new work for soprano and alto soloists playing Schulmerich handbells; The Boston Globe calls the work "exceptionally transporting", while the Boston Musical Intelligencer describes it as "a restrained but effective aesthetic seduction." (January 2016)

WBUR ARTery reviews The Debrecen Passion, Boston Modern Orchestra Project's new CD of orchestral music by Kati Agócs: "starkly beautiful solo sections, duos, and trios...the feeling is religious, deeply spiritual, but it's the sound that tells you this, not the words" (January 2016)

Focus! 2016 - Milton Babbitt's World: A Centennial Celebration features chamber music by Kati Agocs in New York, January 28, 2016;
The New York Times highlights the Babbitt centennial in William Robin's article 'Making Milton Babbit's Legacy Less Fearsome" (January 2016)

Boston Musical Intelligencer Previews Portrait Concert Strength in Fragility: Chamber Music of Kati Agócs in Jordan Hall (January 2016)

The Boston Globe: Looking Ahead to Bounty of 2016 Concerts including January 24 Kati Agócs Portrait Concert in Jordan Hall (December 2015)

Devotion performance by The New World Symphony on chamber music program at the New World Center in Miami (December 2015)

Symphony Nova Scotia premiered newly commissioned Schubert orchestration by Kati Agócs (December 2015)

Press release from 21C Media, Inc.: January Album Release and Spring 2016 Concerts (December 2015)

The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University awards a 2015 Fromm Commission to Kati Agócs; new concerto for violin and percussion orchestra to be premiered by the New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble with Boston Symphony Orchestra percussionist Frank Epstein as conductor, December 2015

Virtual Residency at the North Carolina School for the Arts, December 2015

Kati Agócs travels to Havana, Cuba as part of American Composers Forum Artistic Delegation to Cuba for performance of Immutable Dreams, November 2015; Read listener impressions

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music awards recording grant for The Debrecen Passion, BMOP/Sound's upcoming CD of orchestral music by Kati Agócs, August 2015

The Massachusetts Cultural Council names Kati Agócs as the recipient of an Artist Fellowship award in Music Composition, June 2015

The Chelsea Music Festival presents Immutable Dreams at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York with Kati Agócs as Composer in Residence, June 2015

Ensemble Reconsil Vienna presents the Austrian premiere of Immutable Dreams in Vienna, May 2015

The American Academy of Arts and Letters presents Saint Elizabeth Bells, Supernatural Love, other works by the 2014 Arts and Letters Award in Music winners in inaugural Salon Concert in New York, April 2015

Boston Globe Review of The Debrecen Passion: "A striking work that places a complex sonic palette at the service of a visceral intensity of expression...her billowing vocal writing is highly expressive, yet also subtle...", January 2015

Boston Classical Review: The Debrecen Passion: "A kind of Song-of-Solomon-like merging of spiritual and earthly ecstacy...unpredictable to the end", January 2015

Boston Musical Intelligencer Review of The Debrecen Passion: "ravishingly beautiful...orchestral interludes of great power and beauty", January 2015

David Weininger writes in the Boston Globe on The Debrecen Passion premiere, January 2015

Interview with Kati Agócs in The Boston Musical Intelligencer, January 2015

News release from 21C Media Group: The Debrecen Passion premiered by Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Lorelei Ensemble, January 2015

Twin Cities/Pioneer Press Review of Perpetual Summer performed by the Minnesota Orchestra with Osmo Vänskä conducting: "a fascinating balance of strength and sadness", January 2015

Minneapolis Star Tribune Article profiles the Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute, including the premiere of Perpetual Summer, January 2015

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra performs Shenanigan in the composer's birthplace, November 2014

Kati Agócs wins the Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; The Arts and Letters Award in Music, formerly the Academy Award, honors outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledges the composer who has arrived at his or her own voice. TheAcademy cited "music that seems to come directly from nature... a wonderfully accessible that unfolds with both drama and complexity, and takes risks with both the ideas and the use of the instruments", also praising the music's colour, spirituality, and individuality. See a photograph from the Academy's exhibition of award winners, May 2014

Sopranos Anne Harley and Jane Sheldon premiere Divani Hayati, setting of a Ghazal by Bibi Hayati in the original Farsi for two sopranos and percussion, commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts, April 2014

Ensemble Reconsil Vienna presents the European premiere of the string trio All the Ends of the World, March 2014

Devotion, Fiftieth Anniversary Commission from The Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players is premiered in Boston, February 2014

Crystallography receives its U.S. Premiere with Collage New Music; The Boston Musical Intelligencer calls the work "a highly structured celebration of alliteration and assonance...[with] sections of misterioso chanting, thematic folksong, and dramatic exclamation—all artfully employed by Agócs."(Read the full review here), January 2014

Crystallography performed on the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's New Music Festival: cites its "wondrous ease and flow," "exotic rhythms,"and "hypnotic Bolero-like feel," January 2014

"Shenanigan whirls with the energy, struggle, and humour of the people of our region..." Review of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra's performance of Agócs orchestral work in the St. John's Telegram, November 2013

World premiere of Saint Elizabeth Bells on the New England Conservatory's First Monday series. Saint Elizabeth Bells is a duet for cello and cimbalom honouring the memory of Sándor András Agócs (1932-2011), November 2013

World Premiere of Crystallography for soprano and chamber ensemble with texts by Canadian poet Christian Bök, commissioned by Standing Wave Ensemble in Vancouver, October 2013

Kati Agócs is named a 2013 Composition Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, April 2013

Music by Kati Agócs featured on Boston's WGBH "Drive Time Live": Hear 'Every Lover is a Warrior' performed live by harpist Ina Zdorovetchi, March 2013

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs music by Kati Agócs for the first time to rave reviews: The Toronto Star calls Shenanigan "a whirl of symphonic fun...a burst of party energy"; Shenanigan programmed by more than seven different orchestras since its premiere in 2011, September 2012

Music by Kati Agócs is an Audience Choice Winner on the SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival in New York in 2011. Broadcast on WQXR's Re:Sound Program, October 2011

Bowdoin International Chamber Music Festival features Awakening Galatea with Kati Agócs as soprano soloist as part of the Charles E. Gamper Festival, July, 2011

New work for solo harp, Northern Lights, commissioned by Conrad and Louise Golaski and premiered by Bridget Kibbey, September 2011

Bang on a Can Marathon in New York features music by Kati Agócs: PRISM Saxophone Quartet performs Hymn, June 2011

Vessel, commission by Meet the Composer for Metropolis Ensemble, premiered at Symphony Space in New York, with a half evening's program of music by Kati Agócs and online virtual residency, April 2011

Shenanigan, new work for orchestra commissioned by James Sommerville for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, premiered in Hamilton, Ontario, April 2011

Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal premieres Elysium for flute choir, processed solo cello, and recorded sound in Montreal in Montreal; Canada Council for the Arts Commission, February 2011

Immutable Dreams receives its U.K. premiere with Lontano (London), October 2010

Immutable Dreams is featured in Merkin Concert Hall on New York New Music Ensemble's season opener, November 2010

The National Youth Orchestra of Canada premieres 50th Anniversary Commission Perpetual Summer at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa with Jacques LaCombe conducting and with Kati Agócs as composer-in-residence, Summer 2010