WikiLeaks controversy inspires new musical work

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Whistleblowers and angelic upstarts are among the highlights of an upcoming music festival.

Details have been unveiled of of the 2014 Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from September  9 to December  20.

Indie classical composers Ted Hearne and Mark Doten have collaborated on ‘The Source’,  a work for four singers and ensemble. The piece, we are told, explores questions of privacy versus national security raised in the WikiLeaks case.

Among the American premieres is ‘Shakespeare’s Sonnets,’ set to music by Rufus Wainwright, directed by Robert Wilson and performed by the Berliner Ensemble, and the Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s minimalistic  adaptation of Tony Kushner’s ‘Angels in America’, directed by Ivo von Hove.

There are world premieres of new works by the jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer, and the choreographers Jessica Lang and Jodi Melnick as well as the 50th anniversary celebration of Nonesuch Records.