Ode to Napoleon

 Peter Serkin, piano (’64)

DAVID LANG

Illumination Rounds

JONATHAN BAILEY HOLLAND (’96)

7’ Synchrony

NINA C. YOUNG

Spero Lucem

DAVID LUDWIG (’01)

Flowers in the Desert

ARNOLD SCHOENBERG

Ode to Napoleon


Curtis alumnus and world-renowned pianist Peter Serkin (’64) joins Curtis 20/21 and the Vera String 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 on stage with some of the composers of these works, as well as a discussion of the intersection of politics and music.




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