A contemporary masterpiece will thrill the audience when the Maestra Laura Jackson and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra present “Made in America.” Featuring cellist Zlatomir Fung, the concert program is Saturday, Oct. 12, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.
- TCHAIKOVSKY – Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
- Joan TOWER – Made in America
- STRAVINSKY – Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss
- DVOŘÁK – Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104
Details from A2SO:
The people and landscapes of the United States have inspired countless composers, artists, and creatives. We pay tribute to the composers who drew inspiration from time spent in this country, whether as a citizen or immigrant. Joan Tower’s poignant tribute to our nation pairs beautifully with two works by composers who each made the United States their home for a time, and our soloist, a young American cellist of Bulgarian and Chinese heritage, brings our celebration of America full circle.
An orchestra reacts to and serves the cultural needs of its community. Through this process, the sound and identity of an orchestra are molded. For Joan Tower, the individuality formed through this process became the colors to fill the canvas of Made In America. Premiered in 2005, the piece toured through orchestras in all 50 states filling halls of all shapes and sizes. The piece inherently celebrates and embraces differences as it is given a new identity with every stop it makes from California to New York. This evening of music penned in America continues with Stravinsky’s revised 1950 version of The Fairy’s Kiss, originally written for the New York City Ballet. It was also in New York where Dvořák wrote two of his most memorable themes in the opening movement of his Concerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra. The final moments of this noteworthy evening of music feature the heartfelt coda written by Dvořák in memory of his sister-in-law, Josefina Kaunitzová.