At the ANNEX
Yarilo Contemporary Music Society Presents, Before and Beyond Time, On the Boundary of Two Millennia!, showcasing the music of contemporary Bulgarian composer Gheorghi Arnaoudov.
Bulgarian composer Gheorghi Arnaoudov speaks a musical language that combines the traditions of European modernism – Western and Eastern – with spiritualism and aesthetic mysticism that comes from Eastern traditions. This is a music of stasis, a kind of intense minimalism that tells no conventional stories but rather meditates on an idea. His vital use of a variety of literary sources, aesthetic ideas, and collaborations with other art forms distinguish his music in today’s European concert culture. These works, from Bulgaria’s most cosmopolitan compositional voice at the height of his powers, musically capture the freedom of flight and engage in timeless conversations with poets, philosophers, and folk traditions across the ages.” (Eric Salzman, New York)
On the program: FOOTNOTE (...und Isolde/ns Winkfall lassen...): an imaginary interlude to the second act of Tristan und Isolde, based on the poem “A prayer” by James Joyce - A piece, voted as one of the best ever 20th-century classical music works! Also on the program his “Way of the Birds - I, II and III” and “Gates of Dream!”
Conductor - Lesley Dala
Performers: Heather Pawsey, Rebeca Wenham, Kathryn Cernauskas, Anna Levy, Jane Hayes, Johanna Houser, Nick Anderson, Marc Destrubé, Jonathan Bernard, Adrian Verdejo, and Anne Duranceau.
A reception will follow after the concert with an opportunity to meet the composer himself, Gheorghi Arnaoudov, who will be coming from Europe for this special event!