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Meet the Artist: James Steichen, PhD, and Martin West

Meet the Artist: James Steichen, PhD, and Martin West

How Do New Compositions Make It from the Page to the Stage?

Contemporary music offers choreographers the chance to explore new sonic worlds and take audiences into new states of artistic consciousness. Musicologist Jim Steichen and Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West discuss the strategies that the conductor and musicians use to prepare music that many in the audience—and on stage—are hearing for the first time.

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Header Image: San Francisco Ballet in Peck’s In The Countenance Of Kings // © Erik Tomasson