A stunning panoply of musical traditions and compositional voices closes the 2021-22 season. Abels’ Global Warming paints a vast futuristic desert next to a joyful dance of interwoven musical traditions. Price’s fourth symphony sings echoes of spirituals, antebellum dances and organ hymns together with lush harmonies and orchestral colors that only she can achieve. And our world premier of a new bass clarinet concerto by Mary Kouyoumdjian, featuring soloist Jeff Anderle, brings one of the 21st century’s most distinctive compositional voices to Minnesota.
Michael Abels: Global Warming
Mary Kouyoumdjian: “Walking with Ghosts” – Bass Clarinet Concerto
Jeff Anderle, clarinet
Florence Price: Symphony No. 4 in D Minor
Conducted by Brian Dowdy
Abels, Michael, Global Warming
Kouyoumdjian, Mary, “Walking with Ghosts” with soloist Jeff Anderle, Clarinet
Price, Florence, Symphony No. 4 in D Minor with soloist Jeff Anderle, Clarinet
June 4, 2022
Concert first performed on June 19, 2021.
Saturday, June 19 at 7:00 pm
William Grant Still (arr. Lesnick): “I Ride an Old Paint” from Miniatures
Paul Bonneau: Caprice en Forme de Valse
Brian Hadley, Bassoon
Amy Beach: Pastorale for Wind Quintet
Missy Mazzoli: Kinski Paganini
Catherine Himmerich, Violin
Jonathan Russell: In the Fir Trees: Fireflies
Sahba Aminikia: House of Circus
Our season finale is the “second spring” of the 2020-21 season. The music of William Grant Still, Amy Beach, Jonathan Russell and others calls us back to nature. With new music by Iranian-American composer Sahba Aminikia, the world premier of House of Circus features the “Circus Heroes” of the Sirkhane Social Circus School and explores the transformational power of play.