The Persistence of Memory
Music by Debussy, Ravel, Chris Pratorius-Gomez, Reynaldo Hahn, and Enriquez Valderrabano
Saturday, April 1, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 2, 3:00 pm
Chris Pratorius-Gomez, Concert director and piano
C.A. Jordan, soprano; Andrew Scott Carter, tenor
Lars Johannesson, flute, alto flute and piccolo
Kristin Garbeff, cello; David Long, piano
The Persistence of Memory, as well as being the title of Salvador Dalí’s famous melting-clocks painting, is a primary feature of the human condition. Memories are the roots of our unquenchable compulsion to tell the story of ”us”.
This concert explores musical representations of memory. We go back to childhood in Ravel’s Ma Mère L’Oye (Mother Goose Suite). This charming collection for piano 4-hands brings to life iconic scenes from children’s tales.
Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées (Forgotten Songs) are settings of bittersweet poems by Paul Verlaine. This song cycle, firmly rooted in Debussy’s tasteful brand of Romanticism, features soprano C.A. Jordan.
La muerta, a new piece by concert director Chris Pratorius-Gómez, is based on a poem by Pablo Neruda. Neruda wrote this as a thought experiment, imagining what it would be like if his beloved was dead, if she was only a memory. Tenor Andrew Carter is featured in this world premiere performance.Download Program Notes