Play, a 47-minute orchestral work by celebrated composer and USC Thornton faculty member Andrew Norman (’02, MM ’04), was the subject of “Andrew Norman’s ‘Play,’ a Symphony That Levels Up,” an article in the January 16 issue of The New York Times. Music critic David Allen wrote admiringly of Norman’s “wizardry” and “achievement”, calling his piece “a revolution in music.”
Originally commissioned by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in 2013, Play has drawn significant attention since its premiere in 2013. The work has been performed by numerous orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s recording of the piece received a 2016 GRAMMY Award nomination. Last November, Play was honored for distinction with the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.