USA, 11249 New York
National Sawdust, a spiffy-looking new venue will open its doors in October 2015. In a city teeming with venues, National Sawdust, located at North 6th Street and Wythe Avenue in the heart of Williamsburg, is founded upon a singular, expansive vision: to provide composers and musicians across genres with a setting in which they can flourish, and a place where they are given commissioning support, mentoring and other critical resources essential to create, and then share, their work.
The location is envisioned as a concert hall, nightclub and recording studio and musical hangout. It will work with contemporary composers and establish partnerships with some of the city’s top cultural institutions, including the Philharmonic.
The name National Sawdust reflect the origins of the Brooklyn building. It has been transformed into a 13,000-square-foot music space as part of a $16 million project. The venue is by and large a cutting-edge classical-music destination.
Esa-Pekka Salonen will be the host of the first concert! The concert held at National Sawdust, on Nov. 16, which will be called “Salonen’s Floof and Other Delights.” The second, on Feb. 1, will feature works by young American composers including Adam Schoenberg, Nathan Heidelberger, Caroline Mallonée and Kate Soper. The last, on March 7, will feature chamber music by Olivier Messiaen and composers he influenced, and be hosted by Mr. Salonen.
Paola Prestini, executive director of National Sawdust, will develop programming along with a lineup of advisers that span many genres, including the composers Anna Clyne, David T. Little and Nico Muhly; musicians including the pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo; and musicians from the worlds of rock and pop including Bryce Dessner of The National and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire.