Australia Ensemble subscription concert - Americana: May 13, 8pm
Jennifer Higdon (b 1962): Smash (2006) for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano
Aaron Copland (1900-1990): Duo (1970-71) for flute and piano
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904): String Quartet no.12 in F major, Op.96 ‘American’ (1893)
John Adams (b 1947): Gnarly Buttons (1996)
While it may seem odd to include Romantic Czech composer Antonín Dvořák in a program of music from the New World, the Bohemian composer wrote two of his most famous works during his time in the United States. Dvořák’s ‘American’ F major string quartet is inescapably influenced by the landscape of the plains of New England so memorably captured a generation later by Aaron Copland, a concept unmistakably heard in his Duo for flute and piano. Two exciting contemporary voices round out this program: Jennifer Higdon’s bright and exciting opener Smash, and a major work by John Adams, whose clarinet concerto for chamber forces Gnarly Buttons takes the listener through a journey of surprising depth as well as humorous and quirky moments.
Single tickets $50/$38/$30/$15 (Adult/Senior/Concession/Student rush)
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