Composer Turns the High Line into a Piece of Music

Ryan Francis Video

UPDATE: Now you can listen to an excerpt of Francis' High Line online. Click here to listen.

If you had to describe the High Line with music, how would it sound?

Find out on Friday at Carnegie Hall, where the American Composer’s Orchestra will premiere Ryan Francis’ High Line, a musical composition inspired by the park.

Francis is a Brooklyn-based composer whose work was selected as a result of a competitive process asking emerging artists to submit applications outlining their ideas for musically realizing the theme, “A Greener New York City,” as part of a partnership between ACO and leading luxury goods group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

So, how does Francis transform the High Line into music? Don’t expect to hear train sounds and bird calls, he says in this video. “Ultimately I did away with literal comparisons and came to really think about representing an environment. It’s a very quiet, private space. Even when it’s crowded, there’s a quiet about it. That sense of intimacy next to grandeur of the city was the overarching aesthetic influence.”

High Line will premiere on Friday, December 3, 2010 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall as part of the American Composer’s Orchestra’s upcoming season, Orchestra Underground: A Time & Place.

Learn more on ACO's Web site.

Recent Posts
Plant of the Week: Sea Lavender
view post
Open Encounter: A Conversation with Brendan Fernandes
view post