Now Is the Time, Saturday, September 10th, 9 to 10 pm. On this eve of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we remember the lives lost to terror, and vow to live on. Aquilo is the Latin word for the wind that comes from the northeast; Arlene Sierra evokes that, air, and fire in this orchestral work.
Andy Teirstein’s What Is Left of Us sets poetry of Mahmoud Darwish in this ballet, ingeniously scored for solo voice with a three-voice choir, viola, and cello. The novel about 1922 Berlin is behind City of Shadows, where Scott Wheeler also salutes Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and Copland’s Quiet City.
The Life Sketches of Nils Vigeland, for solo piano, wends its way from Wild Hopes to a Barcarolle, with Trumpets and dances along the way. Vigeland wrote this in 1994 in memory of the composer/pianist Yvar Mikhashoff.
Ron Nelson is a composer and jazz pianist who not only studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Stefan Wolpe, but has also performed with Pat Martino. Wings of the Morning references Psalm 139: “Whither shall I go from thy spirit?… If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”
Arlene Sierra: Aquilo
Andy Teirstein: What Is Left of Us
Scott Wheeler: City of Shadows
Nils Vigeland: Life Sketches
Ron Thomas: Wings of the Morning
Every Saturday night at 9 Eastern, Kile Smith plays new American classical music on WRTI’s Now Is the Time, at wrti.org and on HD-2. At wrti.org click on the Listen: Classical button at the top of any page. Thanks for supporting American contemporary music on WRTI!