Com­ing up in Philly Music: Open­ing The Net­work for New Music’s 36th season

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Karen Walwyn (left) and Amanda Harberg (right) will perform in The Network's season opener. (Image courtesy of The Network.)
Karen Walwyn (left) and Amanda Harberg (right) will perform in The Network's season opener. (Image courtesy of The Network.)

The Network for New Music is opening its 36th season with a concert featuring a world premiere and a Philadelphia premiere. The Network frequently presents premieres of both kinds, but it’s now taking its act into the new world created by COVID-19. The premieres will be presented online, in a half-hour format designed for a medium that seems to encourage short events.

The world premiere will be Amanda Harberg’s Tales of Lyra, a piece for solo clarinet expressly written for Philadelphia Orchestra clarinetist Paul R. Demers. The Philadelphia premiere will be Karen Walwyn’s For Spangled Hearts played by two of Demers’ Orchestra colleagues, violist Marvin Moon and cellist John Koen.

Amanda Harberg says Lyra depicts "a powerful eagle carrying memories of Orpheus filled with loss and beauty into the stars, for all to feel." Walwyn’s duet was originally composed in honor of the people who died on 9/11 and she feels current events have given it new relevance.

The Network is presenting the concert as a pre-recorded, ticketed event.

What, When, Where, and Accessibility

The Network for New Music will present Tales of Lyra and For Spangled Hearts from 7:30-8pm on Saturday, October 17. Minimum ticket price is $10, with additional donations welcome. RSVP online.

Ticket purchasers will receive a password that will give them access to the initial release with a link that will remain live for five days if they’d rather view the concert later.

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