By Janet Reynolds
Composer/conductor Martin Bresnick is a master of the new. As the longtime director of the festival’s New Music Workshop, Bresnick loves helping burgeoning composers and young musicians bring to life the notes on their pages.
And Norfolk, a festival steeped in history but forward-looking in its commitment to contemporary music, is the perfect place to do it, he says. “In some ways Norfolk is the ideal circumstance for the ideal listener. It’s so intimate and you’re guaranteed everybody is participating in it. The audience, too, really wants to be there and is excited to find out what’s next.”
What’s new in classical music is more varied these days than previous time periods, says Bresnick, a prolific composer himself. “These days audiences are more receptive because the music being created is not stylistically uniform,” he explains. “If you don’t like one, you might like another.” MORE