The best albums
Rosenberger wrote these pieces between 2007 and 2011; authoritatively played by the Wet Ink Ensemble, their keen, disjunct phrases combined to speak volumes.
The best events
Composer David T. Little, librettist Royce Vavrek and director Robert Woodruff fashioned an unforgettable first full-length opera.
The groundbreaking Wilson/Glass collaboration returned in visionary triumph and unmistakable joy for Glass’s 75th birthday.
After years of growing up in public, Missy Mazzoli’s dreamlike opera lived up to great expectations and made a star of Abigail Fischer.
Alan Pierson’s hardy Brooklyn Philharmonic mounted a heady paean to its home borough, both nostalgic and of the moment.
This adventurous quartet proved the virtue of playing the field with a slate of unconventional commissions.
Nearly 40 years after its completion, Music in 12 Parts retained its vertiginous thrills in a fresh traversal by Glass and his band
Michael Tilson Thomas mixed a smoothie onstage as Jessye Norman typed—and John Cage was honored unforgettably.
The Pulitzer winner paired his heartbreakingly lovely Little Match Girl Passion with a provocative indie-rock gaze into Schubert's songful soul.
Placed last only because I missed it due to illness, this closely scrutinized, widely acclaimed event demanded citation for exemplifying Alan Gilbert's most daring ambitions for the Phil.
Despite genuinely impactful individual performances, seldom has so much hype, labor and money amounted to so little of substance.