golijov- Last round
balter - bladed stance
stravinsky - octet for winds
aminikia - elegy
bartok - duos for violin
mahler/schoenberg - songs of a wayfarer
Join Phoenix as we return to Oberon for our third show of the season! Home is an homage to composers that have immigrated to the United States from all corners of the world, featuring works by composers from six different countries who all made their home in the United States at some point.
Home not only provides us with a chance to show off our incredibly wind players in Stravinsky's Octet for Winds, but also invites us to share the stage with a vocalist for the first time in Phoenix history. We'll be joined by Mezzo-Soprano Britt Brown for Schoenberg's magnificent chamber arrangement of Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer. We'll also be celebrating the lives of three living composers. Osvaldo Golijov, who grew up in an Eastern European Jewish household in La Plata, Argentina, recalls the life and music of Astor Piazzolla in his fiery Last Round for string ensemble. Marcos Balter, born in Rio de Janeiro, provides us with a mesmerizing landscape of violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, and trumpet in Bladed Stance. Sahba Aminikia, born in Iran, reflects on the immense complexities and cruelties of our world in "Elegy for sixty Afghan children who were killed during a U.S. air-strike in August 2008 by accident."
More so than anything else, Home is built on the thinking that no matter where we are from, and no matter where we are, a sense of home and belonging is important to us all. We hope to make clear that wherever Phoenix performs, and whatever we perform, everyone belongs. And that if you're ever in need of a respite from life, this can be your home.