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Have you discovered these exciting American composers . . . Samuel Barber, Philip Glass, Kenji Bunch, Gwyneth Walker? Join the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, June 11 at 7:00 for the last concert of the season to acquaint—or re-acquaint—yourself with some of the most influential, contemporary American composers.
The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will perform Samuel Barber’s Serenade, Opus 1; Company by Philip Glass; Verso by Kenji Bunch featuring Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Music Director Libor Ondras on viola and Concertmaster Paul Sonner on violin, and with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Chorus, two pieces by Gwyneth Walker.
Verso in Latin suggests turning a page. In spirit, the work looks back with a neoclassical scoring of strings supporting the solo violin and viola, yet incorporates more contemporary rhythm and harmonic elements. Be sure to listen for the brief but raucous finale.
String Quartet No. 2, also known as Company, by Philip Glass was finished in 1983. Philip Glass is considered one of the most influential composers of late 20th century. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he is known for his work in minimalism, contemporary classical, and film scores.
Serenade – Opus 1 was written by Samuel Barber at the young age of 18. Barber was a celebrated American composer of orchestral, opera, choral and piano music. The piece selected for this performance has its roots in late-Romantic European composition with a somewhat mysterious, lingering expression.
Joining the orchestra after the intermission, the Great Lakes Chamber Chorus will perform both The Tree of Peace and There Is A Road to Glory by Gwyneth Walker. Ms. Walker grew up in Connecticut, graduated from Brown University and holds a BA, MM, and DMA degrees in music composition. She will be visiting the area in the fall to meet with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus.
The “Plus” in Americana “Plus” refers to Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy performed by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus with Anthony Patterson as piano soloist. Anthony Patterson has been Artist in Residence with the Bay View Festival since 1979 and joins the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus as a renowned pianist.