Orchestra of the Swan: Americana

A celebration of American music hosted by the wind section of Orchestra of the Swan.

Denes Agay – Five Easy Dances
Barber – Summer Music Op.31
George Perle – Monody1, Op.43
Valerie Coleman – Tzigane
Kazimierz Machala – American Folk Suite
Steve Reich – New York Counterpoint
Valerie Coleman – Red Clay & Mississippi Delta
Dvořák – String Quartet No.12 in F Major, Op.96 ‘American’ for Wind Quintet

Denes Agay was born in Budapest and emigrated to New York in 1939 amid the rise of Nazism in Europe. After becoming an American citizen in 1942 he worked as an educator and publisher. Samuel Barber’s lyrical and rhapsodic Summer Music was commissioned in 1953 and showcases each instrument of the wind quintet. Valerie Coleman’s astonishing writing for winds stems from her intimate knowledge of the genre. Flautist, founder and creator of the renowned Imani Winds, Coleman’s Red Clay and Mississippi Delta merges a traditional scherzo with the sounds of the Mississippi Delta region. Celestial purity and urban grit coalesce in Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint (1985), a spellbinding and ecstatic tour de force in which the soloist plays alongside ten pre-recorded clarinet and bass clarinet parts.

Friday 21 October - 7.30pm Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm

Tickets: £16, 16 & under £10
(plus £1 if booked online)

2hrs (inc interval)