Piano Concerto, Tuning Meditation and Rodeo Suite
Originally scheduled in the December and January concerts, our March 12-13, concert run will feature Carlos Chávez’s spectacular Piano Concerto, with local favorite Kyle Adam Blair as soloist. We’ll follow the Chavez with a work by Pauline Oliveros, a legendary American composer known for the progression of groundbreaking experimental electronic, drone, minimalist, and ambient music. She was on the music faculty at UCSD from 1967 to 1981. Tuning Meditation (1971) is elegantly simple and forms a bond of community through sound. A stunning and perfectly reflective work, it is a shifting chord-mass, incorporating the best intentions of the deep listeners who participate. Finally, we’ll present a celebration of the American West with an orchestral performance from Aaron Copland’s ballet, Rodeo Suite. The second of Copland’s three “cowboy ballets”, it premiered in 1942 and holds a special significance in American music.