New Century Chamber Orchestra performs Rounds

May 2 - 4, 2024
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New Century Chamber Orchestra
(415) 392-4400
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Daniel Hope
Music Director and concertmaster

Pianist Awadagin Pratt joins Daniel Hope and New Century for this program of potent contemporary American works for strings that express the full range of orchestral color. Winner of the 2024 GRAMMY for best contemporary classical composition, Jessie Montgomery’s “Rounds” uses a delicate, interconnected musical geometry to evoke patterns found in nature. Similarly, composer David Diamond wrote his exuberant work “Rounds” to dispel the gloomy wartime mood of the 1940s by writing music to celebrate American landscapes. The program closes with Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium), an epic work for solo violin, strings and percussion inspired by the ancient Greek debate over love in its many forms.


Jessie Montgomery
Rounds, for piano and string orchestra

David Diamond
Rounds, for strings


Florence Price
“Adoration,” for violin and strings
(arr. Paul Bateman)

Leonard Bernstein
Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium)

Thursday, May 2, 2024: 7:30pm
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Friday, May 3, 2024: 7:30pm
Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park*
*Presented by the Green Music Center; not available on subscription.


Saturday, May 4, 2024: 3:00pm
Presidio Theatre, 99 Moraga Ave., San Francisco

There will be a free open rehearsal for this program on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 10:00am–12:30pm at Forest Hill Christian Church (250 Laguna Honda Boulevard, San Francisco). Please RSVP to to confirm your attendance.