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2011-12 Season

Winds Outdoors and Alive

Sunday, October 23 at 4:00 p.m.
Church of the Holy Trinity
19th and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia
Pre-concert lecture at 3:00 p.m. (free) - "The Greening of Classical Music: A brief history of musical landscape and memory"

 Divertimento for Strings Einojuhani Rautavaara
 Chemins IV Luciano Berio
 Concertino bucolico Jan Krzywicki
   World Premiere  
 Divertimento Roger Boutry
 Duet Concertino Richard Strauss

Henry David Thoreau said, “The dream of wildness is the bog in our brains, the primitive vigor of Nature in us.” With rare sprays of instrumental color, Winds Alive unleashes the force of music and landscape as represented by woodwind instruments. Ranging from Rautavaara’s rustic folk melodies to Roger Boutry’s Gauginesque exoticism and Richard Strauss’ refreshing take on Beauty and the Beast, Winds Alive shows the interplay of time, sound and memory.

Featuring two double concertos for clarinet, bassoon and strings with Ricardo Morales and Daniel Matsukawa, both first-chair players of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The concert also introduces Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, soprano sax and alto saxophonist, in his professional concerto debut.

American Mosaics

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - at 4:00 p.m.
Trinity Center for Urban Life
22nd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia
Pre-concert lecture at 3:00 p.m. (free) - Composer Brent Michael Davids will discuss his life and music and how he integrates Native American music into his eclectic style. Joining him are the Red Hawk Singers for a demonstration of American Indian songs and dances.

 Spirituals for Strings (1959) Morton Gould
 • Gospel Train – Old Time Religion  
 • All God’s Children Got Wings  
 • Little David Play on Your Harp  
 • Ezekiel Saw de Wheel  
 Sound Fields (2007) Elliott Carter
 Spirals for Two Violins & Strings David Gompper
  Hirono Oka and Marc Rovetti, violin soloists
 The Treaty of Renewed Brotherhood (2012) Brent Michael Davids
   Premiere – With the Red Hawk Singers  

America’s music tells many stories. Here is the music of poets and patriots - farmers, folkheroes and fanatics…. voices that made the saga of America. American Mosaics presents a cross selection of music representing America’s rich cultural heritage. Music reflecting America’s diverse ethnicities, religions, multiculturalism and popular traditions comprises this unique musical tapestry. Highlighting the program is the premiere of ‘The Treaty of Renewed Brotherhood,’ by renowned Mohican composer, Brent Michael Davids. ‘Treay’ is designed to honor the continued friendship that exists today between the Lenape Indian Tribe and the people that neighbor the Delaware River, tracing back to the historic William Penn treaty of the 1600’s. Aural images of wampum shells, dugout canoes, ever-moving waters, and ceremonial masks will play an evocative role in the new work.

The program also features the first collaboration between the PCS and the Chief Redhawk Singers.