From the New World
November 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Warwick Hall, Warwick
FROM THE NEW WORLD
Thursday 10 November 2022
Warwick Hall, Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick, CV34 6PP
About the Concert
Violinist Priya Mitchell described by The Strad as “one of the foremost violinists of her generation”, and The Swan’s Principal Conductor Michael Collins, help to kick off The Swan’s new season at our Warwick residency, in a concert that sets out to explore what constitutes as truly American music in the 21st century.
Aaron Copland, the youngest son of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants, composed music that has come to define what we think of as ‘American’ music. Liberally appropriated by film composers, his works became the go-to soundtrack for dramatic cinema portraying pioneers colonising the vast open spaces of the United States.
Marking the historic election of Barack Obama, Jessie Montgomery’s Banner fuses The Star Spangled Banner with the universally recognised Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing and attempts to answer the question: What does an anthem for the 21st century sound like in today’s multicultural environment?
The endless prairies and isolated hamlets of small town America can be glimpsed in the music of Samuel Barber, born in Pennsylvania to a mother of English-Scottish-Irish descent. His Violin Concerto from 1939 showcases irrepressible melodies and unabashed orchestration, influenced as much by the gloriousness of late romanticism as by the rhythmic incisiveness of the mid-twentieth century machine age.
Dvořák was steeped in the European symphonic tradition but his residency in North America from 1892 to 1895 had a profound effect on his music. His use of the pentatonic scale in his 9th Symphony was an element taken from the Native American music and African-American spirituals he had heard.
America was still in the relatively early stages of its development as a country, and Dvořák was inspired to explore its music and help create a national musical style based on the indigenous sounds he had absorbed.
Why not pre-order your programme ahead of the concert. Tickets will be available mid-June.
|Barber||Violin Concerto, Op.14|
|Dvořák arr. Iain Farrington||Symphony No.9 in E minor, ‘From the New World’, Op.95|