Digital Playbill

Take Flight

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Premiering May 1, 2021
Music Director: Eric Garcia

Program

Terry Riley
(b. 1935)
G Song for String Quartet

Valerie Coleman
(b. 1970)
Afro-Cuban Concerto for Wind Quintet
I. Afro
II. Vocalise
III. Danza

Musicians

Lauren Folkner, Violin
SPONSORED BY ANNE AND BOB HAY

Molly McCallum, Violin
Sponsored by Ann Peterson

Linda Kline, Viola
sponsored by Mark and Michelle Heil

Julia Pope, cello
Sponsored by Allyson Lee Barton

Allison Emerick, Principal Flute
Sponsored by Tess and Jim Emerick

Lauren Blackerby, Principal Oboe

Carmen Izzo, Principal Clarinet
sponsored by Phil and Jennifer Jensen

Brian Vance, Assistant Principal Horn
SPONSORED BY ANNE AND BOB HAY

Patty Katucki, Principal Bassoon


Lauren Folkner

Molly McCallum

Linda Kline

Julia Pope

Allison Emerick

Lauren Blackerby

Carmen Izzo

Brian Vance

Patty Katucki

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Program Notes
Take Flight

Terry Riley / June 24, 1935

G Song for String Quartet

Like most composers, Terry Riley was born to music, but his trajectory has been far from the beaten path. Born in 1935, he came of age during the 1950s when the school was known as “Minimalism” began to take hold. “Minimalism” is one of those things that, like obscenity, is hard to define, but we know it when we hear it. It’s characterized as you might imagine by the sparse and repetitive use of notes and instruments, by motoric rhythms, by the limited use of material, and a striving for aural beauty. As one academic described it, Minimalism “lacks goal-oriented European associations”. (I’ll say.)

Terry was one of the style’s pioneers. His composition In C is often cited as the first minimalist composition. You can find it on YouTube under “Terry Riley In C”, but do not expect it to thrill you. Minimalism is definitely an acquired taste. But his interest in Minimalism did not last for long. Like the Beatles in the late 1960s, Terry discovered East Indian classical music. Beginning in 1970, he made numerous trips to India to pursue his passion for ragas and ceased altogether to compose in the European tradition, preferring instead to participate in live improvisational performances. Eventually he landed at Mills College in Oakland, California to teach Indian classical music. Other notables at Mills over the years were John Cage, Dave Brubeck, Merce Cunningham, and the avant-garde Kronos Quartet. Interested in everything but the standard repertoire, the tradition-shattering Quartet was intrigued by Terry’s eccentric style, and they convinced him to try his hand at a string quartet. He did, and this intriguing piece is the result. It fits perfectly into the Quartet’s commitment to reimagine the string quartet experience. The collaboration proved fruitful, and Terry has written many pieces for them over the years. One thing is for sure, it’s not your father’s Oldsmobile.

Valerie Coleman / September 3, 1970

Afro-Cuban Concerto for Wind Quintet

Valerie Coleman was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in the same neighborhood as Muhammed Ali. She began music lessons at ten, and by fourteen she had three symphonies to her credit. Her music combines her African-American heritage with contemporary instrumental sounds.

As a premier flautist, Valerie has been featured as a performer and composer on many of the world’s great concert stages: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the Juilliard, Eastman, Curtis, and Peabody music schools.

Afro-Cuban Concerto for Wind Quintet is an inviting virtuoso tour de force in three roughly five minute movements: Afro (based on the Afro-Cuban clave rhythm), Vocalize (prayer evolving into a hot Havana day) and Dānza (quick rumba with variations). Valerie’s ingeniously varied instrumental combinations are deliciously spicy. French horn with oboe? Then with bassoon? Good stuff. Each player gets significant individual time in the sun, as well as on the dance floor. The Los Angeles Times called this work “An engaging showpiece featuring deftly woven polyrhythmic lines.” The New York Times described it as “skillfully wrought, buoyant music.”

About her music, Valerie says, “The human experience is something that is very important to the reason that I write. I also see writing as a means to create unity – creating love. When there is love on the stage, it just radiates out. Such music has the potential to change lives. It has the potential to create a sense of well-being in a person. It is almost therapeutic. I do not write for myself. It’s all about sharing the experience to make people around me better for it. Writing is connecting with something greater than yourself. It is a way of touching the divine.”

WRITTEN BY THE HONORABLE STEPHEN S. TROTT

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