Friday, March 4, 2011, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, 2020 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
A conference / concert with the Wesleyan University Gamelan, Eva Soltes, and Harrison scholar Bill Alves. An exploration of the influence of Javanese culture on the music and life of Lou Harrison — and the influence of Western culture on Indonesia.
Saturday, March 5, 2011, 8:00 p.m.
Lisner Auditorium at the George Washington University.
Lou Harrison (1917-2003) is a great California composer whose music is little heard in the Eastern United States. Drawing on the fragrant poetry of Indonesian gamelan music, he achieved a serene synthesis of Western and Eastern modes.
The Los Angeles Times‘s Mark Swed called his monumental Piano Concerto the supreme American achievement in this form. Join us for a unique opportunity to sample the life and work of an American master in a special evening combining gamelan, film, and orchestra.
Traditional: Javanese gamelan music.
Harrison: Concerto for Piano and Javanese Gamelan, movement one (1986-87). Lisa Moore, piano.
Harrison: Bubaran Robert for Trumpet and Javanese Gamelan (1976/1981). Chris Gekker, trumpet.
Harrison: Piano Concerto (1985). Benjamin Pasternack, piano.
Harrison: Four Strict Songs for chorus and orchestra (1955). André Lamar Smith, soloist.
Discussion with the artists.
Benjamin Pasternack, Lisa Moore
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, conductor
The Wesleyan University Gamelan Ensemble
Sumarsam and Harjito, directors
The George Washington University Chamber Singers
Gisele Becker, director
André Lamar Smith, baritone
From Eva Soltes’ documentary Lou Harrison: A World of Music
David Salness, Concertmaster
Sally McLain, Principal
Chris Shieh, Principal
Kerry van Laanen, Principal
Marta Bradley, Principal
Barry Hearne, Principal
Doug Wallace, Principal
Chris de Chiara
Caroline Hudson, Principal
Read the complete program, click here>
Read the review of Sublime Confluence: The Music of Lou Harrison, click here>
Listen to a 2002 interview of Lou Harrison (American Mavericks: An interview with Lou Harrison).
In collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy, the Film Division of the National Gallery of Art, The George Washington University, and Wesleyan University. This festival is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.