America and Beyond
7:30 pm | Holley Hall | seat layout
Single Ticket Prices: C $15, B $20
Conductor: DIRK MEYER, conductor | bio >
Vocalist: BLYTHE GAISSERT-LEVITT, mezzo soprano
This concert of melodic and highly accessible contemporary classical works begins with American composer William Bolcom's buoyant look back at the courtly dances from old Europe. Then Charles Ives takes us on a musical triptik of New England. His Three Places in New England paints a picture of American ideals, lifestyle and patriotism at the turn of the century. A vocal work composed in 1964, Luciano Berio's Folk Songs is a European's tribute to his American wife. Uniquely scored for voice, flute, clarinet, harp, viola, cello and percussion, it consists of arrangements of folk music from various countries. Pulitzer-prize winning composer Joseph Schwantner's Chasing Light draws its spirit and inspiration from the vibrant colors and light that penetrate the morning mist as it wafts through the New England hills. You'll never think of "new music" the same way after experiencing these exceptional classical works.