I am always looking for a great party, so please read on, and get ready to dance all night. Like they stated, drinks are available to keep the mood stirring. Hope to see you there.
November 18, 7:30pm
560 Music Center, Pillsbury Ballroom
560 Trinity Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130
GROOVE: A spirited and eclectic program of music for flute, clarinet, strings, and keyboards;
including a world premiere by Blake Hernton, along with music by Antonio Vivaldi, Libby Larsen and more.
PETER ASHBOURN, Jamaica Folk for string quartet
BLAKE HERNTON, World Premiere for Chamber Project St. Louis’ Commissioning Project
ANTONIO VIVALDI , La notte, g minor RV 439
LIBBY LARSEN, Barn Dances
CHRISTOPHER WOEHR, Roma Suite
Jennifer Gartley (flute)
Dana Hotle (clarinet)
Jane Price (violin)
Jo Nardolillo (violin)
Laura Reycraft (viola)
Marta Simidtchieva (cello)
Adam Anello (bass)
Nina Ferrigno (keyboards)
More about this program:
Representing the rich musical history of the Caribbean, Jamaican composer Peter Ashbourn opens the program with his tuneful string quartet Jamaica Folk.
St. Louis composer, performer and educator Blake Hernton, also known as Concert Black, incorporates elements of classical, jazz and hip-hop in his “new-age instrumental” style. Chamber Project St. Louis will give the World Premiere of expanded versions of music from his debut EP “Concert Black” as part of our Commissioning Project, now in its seventh year!
Nearly 300 years ago Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi compiled a set of concertos for the flute, perhaps the first significant set of music for this predecessor of the modern flute that was being developed in Europe. Vivaldi wrote an astonishing amount of music in his lifetime, and the flute concerto “La notte” is one of his most popular pieces. A driving rhythmic element is one of the main characteristics of his sound, linking it to the more modern works on this program and linking us back to what the people of Venice were listening to 300 years ago.
Grammy award-winning American composer Libby Larsen’s Barn Dances is a piece we performed frequently in our first years as an ensemble. Inspired by specific steps in cowboy dances, each movement of this music for flute, clarinet and piano expresses a playful take on this uniquely American music.
Directly inspired by the traditional folk music of the Romanian ensemble Taraf de Haidouks, St. Louis composer Christopher Woehr arranged this wildly expressive, complex and rhythmically oriented music for clarinet and string quartet in 2012. Bringing back an audience favorite for our 15th Season, Roma Suite will bring GROOVE to a rousing conclusion.