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Stacy Garrop: Thunderwalker
Clarice Assad: Dreamscapes (Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin)
Michael Daugherty: Fallingwater (Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin)
Detlev Glanert: Three Songs without Words [U.S. Premiere]
In the splendor of the sanctuary at Mission San Juan Bautista, Marin Alsop and the Festival Orchestra will bring the season to triumphal close with works by Stacy Garrop, Clarice Assad, Michael Daugherty and Detlev Glanert. Chicago-based composer Stacy Garrop’s music is centered on direct and dramatic narrative; Thunderwalker has been celebrated as “a big, bold tour de force for large symphony orchestra that seizes your attention at once and refuses to let go.” (The Chicago Tribune)
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg returns to the Festival to perform in two works for solo violin and string orchestra, each written specifically for her. Fiery dynamism and innovation are the hallmarks of this internationally acclaimed violinist and she performs as soloist in Dreamscapes, a work by Brazilian composer Clarice Assad. Assad explores the tension between awareness and unconsciousness, the dreamer and the dream; the work’s form is loosely based upon the composer’s research on the subject of REM sleep and lucid dreaming.
Salerno-Sonnenberg then performs in celebrated American composer Michael Daugherty’s Fallingwater. Inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and four of his most admired buildings—Taliesin, Fallingwater, Unity Temple and the Guggenheim Museum—Daugherty writes, “As I stood in the center of [Taliesin], I noticed a large circular music stand made of wood, designed by Wright himself, with four sides for use by string quartets. I began to hear a composition for strings in four movements, as an emotional, spiritual, and musical exploration of Wright’s aesthetic of ‘organic architecture.'”
The evening culminates with the U.S. premiere of Three Songs without Words by distinguished German composer Detlev Glanert. Glanert is acclaimed for operas and orchestral works that demonstrate his lyricism and a fascination with the past viewed from a modern perspective. Three Songs without Words was commissioned for the bicentenary celebration of Felix Mendelssohn, whom Glanert pays respect to in both the title of the work and the idea of a song being shaped by pure musical forces rather than text. The piece is written for a large orchestra and does not refer to the styles of the early nineteenth century; nonetheless, “Glanert does justice at all times to the poetry in Mendelssohn’s music, to the delicacy of his melodies.” (Mitteldeutsche Zeitung)
Between Concerts: Pack a basket and join other Festival-goers for between-concert picnicking in the Olive Grove adjacent to the Mission.
Post Evening Concert: Stroll to Jardines de San Juan restaurant (115 Third Street) to bid the season and its music-makers a fond farewell.