SONYC – String Orchestra of New York City, New York’s leading conductor less string orchestra, comes to National Sawdust with works by four East–Coast composers: Aaron Jay Kernis’- “Sarabanda in Memoriam” for a Brooklyn premiere. This piece showcases the lyricism and melodic gifts that has earned Kernis so much praise. From Joel Friedmann, we have the New York premiere of”Movable Home” – an energetic and virtuosic work that juxtaposes the intimacy of the string quartet with power of the orchestra. This work was co-commissioned by SONYC. Reena Esmail is drawing on her Indian roots in “Teen Murti” – a sonic response to the famous sculpture in front of Nehru’s residence – a New York premiere. Finally, “Blues for Black Hoodies” by Randy Woolf is a SONYC commission through a Meet the Composer grant. This work uses the poetry of Wordisbon alongside urban rhythms to make a powerful political statement.