Old Friends & New Finds
Saturday, November 5, 2016 | 8pm
Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music
27 Garden Street, Cambridge MA
General Admission: $30
Students / Children: $10
Tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:15pm.
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Kathryn Salfelder: Disciples WORLD PREMIERE
Eric Nathan: Walls of Light
Joseph Phibbs: Flex
John Huggler: Bittere Nüsse (Bitter nuts) Commissioned by BMV in 1975
Barbara Kilduff, soprano
Luciano Berio: O King
Barbara Kilduff, soprano
Mark Buller: Motion Studies BOSTON PREMIERE
Rapido! Composition Contest Winner
In November, Boston Musica Viva presents a sextet of favorites and firsts, ranging from a rising composer’s latest BMV commission, to two selections from our repertoire featuring a star soloist’s BMV debut, and works from a trio of exciting young composers making inaugural appearances on our program.
Acclaimed international and Metropolitan Opera star soprano Barbara Kilduff joins BMV for the first time to sing John Huggler’s lyrical and expressive Bittere Nüsse based on poems by Paul Celan—a work commissioned for BMV and featured over a dozen times in our history, including on our first European tour—and Luciano Berio’s O King, a stirring work written in 1968 in response to Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Huggler, a former composer-in-residence with the Boston Symphony, wrote four works for BMV, and BMV made the first commercial recording of Berio’s O King for Delos Records.
Returning composer Kathryn Salfelder’s newest work for BMV, Disciples, is inspired by a poignant chapter from Lao Tsu’s Tao Te Ching, extolling the necessity of flexibility not only to survive, but to thrive. Of her first work, a setting of the classic tale of King Midas for BMV and youth chorus for our Annual Family Concert in 2014, The Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote, “Salfelder’s score compellingly employs elements of the combined ensembles for moods and sonorities … (she) has struck gold, and young audiences will be the richer for it.” We are excited to share how effectively Salfelder’s wealth of talent adapts to this more serious work.
For our “new finds,” our spotlight shines on three composers finding success on the cutting edge of new music. Eric Nathan, whose November also includes a BSO premiere, shares distinct scenes in his Walls of Light. Flex, by British composer Joseph Phibbs, is a self-described “miniature chamber ballet” exploring movement through a rotating set of trios for flute/piccolo, violin, cello and piano. Nathan and Phibbs were both students of Steven Stucky. Mark Buller, the most recent winner of the national Rapido! Composition Contest, also examines movement in his Motion Studies, a trio in three movements built on themes and textures that develop into classical forms.