The WDR Symphony Orchestra of Cologne, conducted by Music Director Cristian Măcelaru, has commissioned Zosha Di Castri to write a new orchestral work, Pentimento, for the orchestra's 75th anniversary season. It will be premiered on October 28 and 29, 2022 at the Kölner Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany.
In Di Castri's program note, she writes, "While writing Pentimento, I was reflecting on the idea of perpetual cycles, particularly the unrelenting circularity of violence. Police brutality, gun violence, the sway of the political pendulum between extremes, and the devastating waves of the pandemic were all on my mind. With each return there is a shock, a sense that this must never happen again, and yet, time marches on, and we settle back into complacency. On a more microcosmic scale, there is the repeat and reset that each day brings, the accumulation of chaos then the clean up, rest, and reboot the next day. This brought me to the question: if we could consciously choose to do something over again, how would we go about it differently? What would repeat, and what would we change?"
More info about the premiere here.