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REVERB: Contemporary Music Festival

REVERB: Contemporary Music Festival

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Curtis Stewart, curator

REVERB: Contemporary Music Festival is an exploration and celebration of works from the current musical landscape. This 3rd Annual Festival includes intimate concerts, panel discussions and behind-the-scenes events to explore the repertoire and learn more about the living composers. Conducted by Tito Muñoz and curated by GRAMMY-nominated violinist and composer Curtis Stewart, this year’s REVERB promises to be an exciting, varied and engaging program. Newly appointed artistic director of the American Composers Orchestra, Stewart has soloed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and the 2022 GRAMMY®Awards.

The 2024 REVERB festival includes an expanded concept of Curtis Stewart‘s GRAMMY Award nominated project – of Love. 

Thursday, April 18, 2024
7:30 PM
Leyou Wang
Impressions from Tianqiao
Curtis Stewart/ Henry Purcell
Remember Me (recomposition based on Purcell’s Lament) Curtis Stewart, violin
Curtis Stewart/ Antonio Vivaldi
“A Recent Summer” from Seasons of Change (recomposition based on Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Summer) Curtis Stewart, violin
Curtis Stewart/ Antonio Vivaldi
“FallBack” from Seasons of Change (recomposition based on Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Fall) Curtis Stewart, violin
Saturday, April 20, 2024
7:30 PM
Curtis Stewart/ Greek Traditional
Thallassaki Mou Curtis Stewart, violin
inti figgis- vizueta
Seven Sides of Fire
Curtis Stewart/ Antonio Vivaldi
“Again.” from Seasons of Change (recomposition based on Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Winter) Curtis Stewart, violin
Curtis Stewart/ Antonio Vivaldi
“Life Times” from Seasons of Change (recomposition based on Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Spring) Curtis Stewart, violin
Curtis Stewart
GONE Curtis Stewart, violin

A world premiere of Stewart’s Afrofuturist meditation / recomposition of Vivaldi’s Four SeasonsSeasons of Change – frames both evenings with an acoustic/electronic musical dreamscape on climate change, class and the nature of digital memory. These 4 new works are paired alongside works from of Love, as well as symphonic works by inti figgis vizueta and Leyou Wang, winners of American Composers Orchestra’s National call for scores: Earshot. REVERB’s programs also feature the voices of the unhoused community in Phoenix – recorded conversations with Circle the City clients weave in and out of the program, centering their stories as a new and personal motivation for art to advocate for climate change. The primary question driving this evening is “Who will climate change erase first?”


Panel and Q&A Discussion

At each performance there will be an audience engaged panel discussion with Stewart, Muñoz, members of the Phoenix Symphony and members of our partner organization, Circle the City.



About Curtis Stewart

Praised for “combining omnivory and brilliance” (The New York Times), four-time GRAMMY Award-nominated violinist and composer Curtis Stewart translates stories of American self determination to the concert stage. As a solo violinist, composer, Artistic Director of the American Composers Orchestra, professor at The Juilliard School, and member of award-winning ensembles PUBLIQuartet and The Mighty Third Rail, he realizes a vision to find personal and powerful connections between styles, cultures and musics. Stewart’s 2023 album of Love., a tribute to his late mother Elektra Kurtis-Stewart, has been nominated under Best Instrumental Solo in the 2024 GRAMMY Awards. As a soloist, Curtis Stewart has been presented by Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Cal Performances, Washington Performing Arts, Virginia Arts Festival, and the 2022GRAMMY Awards, among many others. His 2021 album Of Power(Bright Shiny Things) was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Stewart has been commissioned to compose new works by the Seattle Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall’s Play/USA, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and members of the New York Philharmonic, The Knights, La Jolla Music Society, Sybarite5, the New York Festival of Song, Newport Classical Festival, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Eastman Cello Institute, among others. Among his recent commissions, he composed The Famous People, five recompositions of Dvorák’s Slavonic Dances, for a premiere by violinist Gil Shaham with the Virginia Symphony in March 2023.An avid teacher, Curtis Stewart currently teaches at The Juilliard School and the Perlman Music Program, and for 10 years led all levels of music theory and orchestra at the Laguardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts in NYC. Learn more



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Apr 18 & 20

Herberger Theater
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