TAPESTRY: Voices, Viola, Piano, Clarinet and Pipes
Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, found people throughout the world singing and dancing in the streets, once again hoping for a peaceful world. In turns celebratory and solemn, this program commemorates the 100th anniversary of this landmark day in history.
Tapestry presents works of composers affected by the war, including Ralph Vaughan Williams who abandoned his composing career to enlist as a private in the Royal Army Medical Corp, Sergei Rachmaninoff who was forced to flee Russia in 1917, Claude Debussy whose Noël des infants qui n’on plus de maison lashes out at a world at war, and Maurice Ravel who hoped to serve as a pilot but drove an ambulance and ultimately found a way to express his reaction to the war in his Le Tombeau de Couperin. The program also touches on iconic works including songs by Stephen Foster (American Civil War) and Simon and Garfunkel (Vietnam). Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin is paired with Baroque composer Francois Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres, which harkens back to ancient wars and the siege of Jerusalem. Tapestry offers this program in the hope that we learn from our collective history, our Lessons of Darkness, and work together to avoid war at all cost.
Artist website: www.tapestryboston.com
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Crane Group.
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