Elizabeth Ogonek's new work Starling Variations will be performed at Symphony Hall by the Boston Symphony Orchestra with music director Andris Nelsons, October 6-8. The piece was co-commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Lakes Area Music Festival, and it received its world premiere this past summer at Tanglewood (also under BSO music director Andris Nelsons) and its Midwest premiere at the Lakes Area Music Festival under Music Director Christian Reif.
Boston Symphony Director of Program Publications Robert Kirzinger notes that "the key image for Ogonek’s BSO co-commissioned Starling Variations is the group flight of starlings, known as murmuration, in which hundreds of the birds swoop and dive, separate and recombine. The analogy is apt for Ogonek's dynamic treatment of the orchestra's groups." His complete program notes may be viewed online.