Ambient Environments

August 26, 2016, 10:00 pm

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Composers like Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Bartók and have sought to musically depict their environs for centuries. How are landscapes, both urban and pastoral, being represented musically today? We’ll hear composer’s portrayals of locations like David Sampson’s Grant Park in Chicago, the surrounding islands of Australia from Peter Sculthorpe, Michael Daughterty’s George Washington from Mount Rushmore and more.


David Sampson: Grant Park from Chicago Moves
Gaudete Brass

Toshio Hosokawa: Landscape V
Munich Chamber Orchestra/Alexander Liebreich; Mayumi Miyata, sho

Peter Sculthorpe: From Oceania
New Zealand SO/James Judd

Michael Daugherty: George Washington from Mount Rushmore
Pacific Symphony/Carl St. Clair

Joan Tower: Big Sky
Chee-Yun, v.; André Emelianoff, vc.; Joan Tower, p.;

John Luther Adams: The Far Country of Sleep
Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta

Christopher Tin: Haf Gengr Hriðum (The Storm-Driven Sea)
Royal Philharmonic & Schola Cantorum/Christopher Tin

Pierre Jalbert: Glass is a Place from Icefield Sonnets
Ying Quartet