With John Carlo Pierce, Lyric Tenor; Zo Manfredi and Leslie Stewart, Violin; Margaret Miller, Viola; Barbara Thiem, Cello; Forest Greenough, Double Bass; Jeff LaQuatra, Guitar; Michelle Stanley, Flute; Andrew Jacobson, Oboe; Wesley Ferreira, Clarinet; Peter Sommer, Saxophone; Shilo Stroman, Vibraphone; Eric Hollenbeck, Marimba; and Wes Kenney, Conductor
The faculty chamber music programs have become a forum for trying unusual combinations of instruments and often contemporary music which is seldom heard. The program includes “Wing’d Hour” by Miriam Gideon — composed in 1983, the song cycle sets the poetry of Christina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Walter de la Mare for voice, flute, oboe, violin, cello, vibraphone. Gideon was born in Greeley, Colorado in 1906, and was the second woman inducted into American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; “And Legions Will Rise” by Kevin Puts — the often-played piece, composed in 2001 for marimba, clarinet, and violin, is about the human ability to transcend tragedy and personal crisis; “Legende,” by French composer André Caplet, was written in 1914 for saxophone, oboe, clarinet, string quartet, and double bass, and is conducted by Wes Kenney; duos for guitar and cello include “Berceuse” and “Elegy” by composer, Bryan Johanson (b. 1951); and duos for flute and guitar include Histoire du Tango by Ástor Piazzolla.