"Music is as life, humanity, and the world itself: diverse, full of complex world views and lived experiences, and shared by and crucial to every corner of humanity. But, like glass, it is transparent. In this program, we explore music by living composers written for full orchestra, chamber ensemble, and solo timpani. This is music of varied lives and experiences – from brutal and hopeless Soviet oppression (Ustvolskaya) to our modern Canada (Fung and Lizée). The concert includes the heavily intoxicating world of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, where the dark repeating pulses ritualistically hypnotize us, as if the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead opens, and a hand from times of yore reaches out and slowly but firmly grabs us and pulls us into another dimension."
– Alexander Prior
Program to include:
Philip Glass Prelude and Dance from "Akhnaten"
Steve Reich Duet
Alissa Cheung Impressions [World Premiere of an ESO commission]
Vivian Fung A Child's Dream of Toys
Nicole Lizée Zeiss After Dark
Peter Eötvös Thunder for One Bass Timpani
Galina Ustvolskaya Symphony No. 5 "Amen"
Program subject to change.
This concert will include a 20 minute intermission.
Prelude and Dance from “Ahknaten” by Philip Glass and Symphony No. 5 “Amen” by Galina Ustvolskaya are presented under license from G. Schirmer Inc. and Associated Music Publishers, copyright owners.
Artists:Alex Prior, ESO Chief Conductor
Ewald Cheung, ESO Violin
Yue Deng, ESO Violin
Barry Nemish, ESO Principal Timpani