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Along a Desert Highway
April 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Works inspired by the grandeur, drama, mystery, and danger of the American West.
Works inspired by the grandeur, drama, mystery, and danger of the American West. The program features Red River, which, according to its much-acclaimed young composer Mason Bates, "traces the journey of the great Colorado River to its various destinations in the Southwest, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, the California desert," and includes recorded sounds from the region. Native American Portraits by the beloved, 85-year-young master David Amram is based on the music of the Cheyenne, Zuni, and Seneca-Cayuga nations. Copland House's 2014 CULTIVATE Fellow David Biedenbender's Red Vesper is an expansive meditation on Utah's majestic Capitol Reef National Park, and was written especially for the emerging composers institute. And Tawnie Olson's Meadowlark was inspired by the vividly-colored yellow and white birds in their natural Western environments.
When & where
Sunday April 23, 2017 @ 3pm
Copland House at Merestead, 455 Byram Lake Road, Mt. Kisco
New York State
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Few tours of the American West are complete without a stop in one of the national parks, and we make ours through a vividly-evocative work titled Red Vesper, created especially for Copland House's CULTIVATE emerging composers institute in 2014 by David Biedenbender, a Fellow of the program that year. "The National Parks are many things to many people," Biedenbender wrote, "but for me, they have most often been a very special place to find silence inside of myself. A vesper is an evening prayer, a meditation and reflection at the end of the day, and I found the idea of holding vespers in the wilderness to be profound and beautiful. I chose to call this piece Red Vesper because of the deep red glow of the setting sun on the horizon and also because of the beautiful and iconic red rock formations that occupy so many of our great National Parks, particularly Capitol Reef National Park."
Includes a Q&A with Amram and Biedenbender, and a post-concert meet-the-artists reception.