American Voices3

Music by Bloch, Barber, Praetorius Gómez, Cowell, Brown, and others

Saturday, November 10, 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 11, 3:00 pm

C.A.Jordan, concert director and soprano; Kathleen Purcell, flute, alto flute, and piccolo; Kristin Garbeff, cello; Kumi Uyeda, piano

The second concert of our spectacular new season is a “triple-entendre” of American composers, featuring the words of three uniquely American poets, sung by a uniquely talented American soprano.

The program includes our featured trio of American composers and poets, starting with the perennial favorite, Knoxville: Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber, on the poem of the same name by James Agee; a new and expanded version of Dream Within a Dream by local favorite Chris Pratorius Gómez, on the poem by Edgar Allen Poe; and a world premiere by UCSC alumnus Daniel Brown on Tony Hoagland’s impactful poem, “Personal.”

The sensuous and rarely performed Henry Cowell’s 1938 Toccanta features the soprano voice as another chamber instrument and the interplay between the four musicians is both lively and quite intoxicating.

Ernest Bloch’s Cello Suite No. 1, and Undine Smith Moore’s Afro-American Suite, will round out the program with enticing instrumental pieces. The granddaughter of slaves, Moore was a prolific composer and music educator. This suite injects spiritual melodies and jazz influences into the European art form of piano trio, featuring flute instead of violin.

 

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Tickets for Concert Two may be purchased online.

 

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Photo by Steve DiBartomeo

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