Ode to Napoleon

Curtis alumnus and world-renowned pianist Peter Serkin (’64) joins Curtis 20/21 and the Vera Quartet to perform Arnold Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon, a work written in 1942 in response to the rise of authoritarianism and World War II. The program features other politically-charged works, including pieces by Curtis alumni Jonathan Bailey Holland and David Ludwig, 20/21’s artistic director, as well as gripping musical statements by David Lang and Nina Young.

There will be a pre-concert conversation beginning at 7:30 p.m., featuring the composers of these works, and a discussion of the intersection of politics and music.

 

DAVID LANG

Illumination Rounds
Claire Bourg, violin
Ying Li, piano

JONATHAN BAILEY HOLLAND (’96) 

Synchrony
Sarrah Bushara, oboe
Maggie O'Leary, bassoon
Emma Carina Meinrenken, violin
John Lee, cello
Jiacheng Xiong, piano

NINA C. YOUNG

Spero Lucem
Emma Carina Meinrenken, violin
Grace Takeda, viola
John Lee, cello
Jiacheng Xiong, piano

DAVID LUDWIG (’01)

Flowers in the Desert
Andrew Moses, clarinet
John Lee, cello
Jiacheng Xiong, piano

ARNOLD SCHOENBERG

Ode to Napoleon
Kendra Broom, speaker
Vera Quartet
Peter Serkin, piano

 


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