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Orchestral exploration of music from the last century
Wednesdays at Wolf Performance Hall, 8:00 p.m.


Adams & Stravinsky
November 5, 2008, 8:00 p.m.
Timothy Vernon, conductor

 
  • Adams: The Wound Dresser
  • Stravinsky: L'HIstoire du Soldat

John Adams, one of America's foremost living composers, described Walt Whitman's poem The Wound Dresser as "the most intimate, the most graphic, and the most profoundly affecting evocation of the act of nursing the sick and dying". Adam's poignant setting of Whitman's text, written after the death of Adams' father, is contrasted on this program by Stravinsky's dramatic parable about the dangers of making deals with the Devil, scored for seven virtuoso musicians and narrator.





Schreker & Mahler
 
January 7, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Timothy Vernon, conductor

 
  • Schreker: Intermezzo for String Orchestra
  • Schreker: Scherzo for String Orchestra
  • Mahler/Stein: Symphony No. 4

The composers Franz Schreker and Gustav Mahler have more in common than just the rich harmonic textures and originality of their musical language: their work was systematically suppressed in the anti-Semitic furor preceding the Third Reich. This was as much tragedy as compliment, since it was the excellence of their music that so threatened the intolerant ideologies of the time. On this remarkable concert, Schreker's forgotten gems complement Erwen Stein's revealing chamber version of one of Mahler's most-loved symphonies.
 




Louie & Schnittke
 
April 15, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor
Kelvin Enns, viola
 
 
  • Louie: Winter music for viola and chamber orchestra
  • Schnittke: Symphony No. 4

Alexina Louie and Alfred Schnittke were born just 15 years apart, but into completely different worlds: Schnittke lived much of his life under Communism while Louie grew up in Canada. Yet their music finds much common ground: the synthesis of the traditional and the contemporary, and the fusion of styles and cultures. In this final program of the series, principal violist Kelvin Enns will bring his personal touch to Louie's evocative work, and Orchestra London will tackle Schnittke's Symphony No. 4.
 




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