Music of the Earth

Ensemble 20/21 | November 18, 2023 7:30 p.m.

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“Music of the Earth,” showcases compositions inspired by the natural world, with “eco-composer” John Luther Adams’s captivating solo violin ode to Alaska, Three High Places, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Raven Chacon’s haunting string quartet piece, The Journey of the Horizontal People, and composer Allison Loggins-Hull’s exploration of “home,” the poignant Homeland. The concert also features Curtis alumna Gabriella Smith’s (’13) imaginative, coral reef-inspired work, Anthozoa, Icelandic composer and guitarist Gulli Bjornsson’s striking pieces for solo classical guitar, Landslög, and pioneering electronic music composer Luciano Berio’s 1964 anthology of eleven songs from eight countries, Folk Songs, for voice and chamber ensemble. 

Run time: approximately 105 minutes including one intermission.

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Program
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Three High Places

I. Above Sunset Pass
II. The Wind at Maclaren Summit
III. Looking Toward Hope

Leah Amory, violin

RAVEN CHACON The Journey of the Horizontal People

Erinys Quartet

Elizabeth Stewart, violin
Joosep Reimaa, violin
Marija Räisänen, viola
Stergios Theodoridis, cello

ALLISON LOGGINS-HULL Homeland

Anastasia Samsel, flute

GABRIELLA SMITH (’13) Anthozoa

Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin
Matthew Christakos, cello
Tae McLoughlin, percussion
Delvan Lin, piano

GULLI BJÖRNSSON Landslög

Landslag I. – dökkar sandþúfur með smá mosa // dark sand dunes with some moss
Landslag V. – birkikjarr í fjallshlíð // birch shrubs in a mountain slope
Landslag VII. – ólga við ós // turbulence where a stream meets a lake
Landslag VIII. –víðfeðmur akur hulinn af lúpínu // vast lupine covered field
Landslag IX. – veðruð ísilögð strandlengja // eroded icy shoreline
Landslag X. – klaki og snjór hylur tún // ice and snow covers a field

Muxin Li, guitar

LUCIANO BERIO Folk Songs

I. "Black Is the Colour" (USA)
II. "I Wonder as I Wander" (USA)
III. "Loosin yelav" (Armenia)
IV. "Rossignolet du bois" (France)
V. "A la femminisca" (Sicily, Italy)
VI. "La donna ideale" (Luciano Berio, Italy)
VII. "Ballo" (Luciano Berio, Italy)
VIII. "Motettu de tristura" (Sardinia)
IX. "Malurous qu'o uno fenno" (Auvergne, France)
X. "Lo fiolairé" (Auvergne, France)
XI. "Azerbaijan Love Song" (Azerbaijan)

Micah Gleason, conductor and mezzo-soprano
Dillon Scott, viola
TaeYeon Rachel Kim, cello
Julin Cheung, flute/piccolo
Hwaseop Jeong, clarinet
Tae McLoughlin, percussion
Maxence Dauriat Rancurel, percussion
Claire Thai, harp

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Generous support for Ensemble 20/21 is provided by the Daniel W. Dietrich II Foundation.

About the Performers

Leah Amory, from New York City, a student of Pamela Frank and Erin Keefe, holds a fellowship from an anonymous donor and entered Curtis in 2022 

Elizabeth Stewart, from Rochester, N.Y., is a member of the Erinys Quartet, which entered Curtis’s Nina von Maltzahn String Quartet Program in 2023. 

Joosep Reimaa, from Tartu, Estonia, is a member of the Erinys Quartet, which entered Curtis’s Nina von Maltzahn String Quartet Program in 2023. 

Marija Räisänen, from Kaunas, Lithuania, is a member of the Erinys Quartet, which entered Curtis’s Nina von Maltzahn String Quartet Program in 2023. 

Stergios Theodoridis, from Thessaloniki, Greece, is a member of the Erinys Quartet, which entered Curtis’s Nina von Maltzahn String Quartet Program in 2023. 

Anastasia Samsel, from Guilford, Conn., a student of Jeffrey Khaner, is the Julius Baker Fellow and entered Curtis in 2022 

Maya Anjali Buchanan, from Rapid City, S.D., a student of Ida Kavafian, is the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Fellow and first entered Curtis in 2018 

Matthew Christakos, from Toronto, a student of Gary Hoffman and Peter Wiley, is the Joseph Druian Fellow and entered Curtis in 2019 

Tae McLoughlin, from South Orange, N.J., a student of Ji Su Jung, Don Liuzzi, and Eric Millstein, is the Stanley and Bertha Rogasner Fellow and entered Curtis in 2021 

Delvan Lin, from Auckland, New Zealand, a student of Meng-Chieh Liu, is the Karolyn Kirksey Holler Fellow and entered Curtis in 2023 

Muxin Li, from Hangzhou, China, a student of David Starobin and Jason Vieaux, is a Curtis Institute of Music Fellow and entered Curtis in 2022 

Micah Gleason, from Chapel Hill, N.C., a student of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, is the Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow and entered Curtis in 2022 

Dillon Scott, from Lansdale, Pa., a student of Roberto Díaz and Edward Gazouleas, is the Mark E. Rubenstein Fellow and entered Curtis in 2022 

TaeYeon Rachel Kim, from Seoul, a student of Gary Hoffman and Peter Wiley, is the Jeanette S. Epstein Memorial Fellow and entered Curtis in 2022 

Julin Cheung, from Seattle, a student of Jeffrey Khaner, is the Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Fellow and entered Curtis in 2020 

Hwaseop Jeong, from Seoul, a student of Anthony McGill, is the Mark and Esther Kramer Fellow and entered Curtis in 2022 

Maxence Dauriat Rancurel, from Combs-la-Ville, France, a student of Ji Su Jung, Don Liuzzi, and Eric Millstein, is a Curtis Institute of Music Fellow and entered Curtis in 2023 

Claire Thai, from Tucson, Ariz., a student of Elizabeth Hainen, is the L. Daniel Dannenbaum Fellow and first entered Curtis in 2018 

 

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