The Boston Symphony program opened with an atmospheric composition, Derek Bermel’s 2006 piece Elixir, a deceptively simple, hypnotic composition along the lines of Ives’ The Unanswered Question. This was a heady elixir, its effect mesmerizing and trance-inducing.
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Jalbert’s piece was grounded in the tonal language and structures of the past, yet is willing to extend them into a contemporary rhetoric. The subscribers reported that they would welcome the chance to hear the piece again; BCMS should take them up on it!
Tim Fain appears as soloist at Carnegie Hall in Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2, “The American Four Seasons,”
Elixir is a bewitching curtain-raiser….the whole first half of Thursday’s program might well have been given entirely to works by Bermel – but Elixir is a welcome addition to the orchestra’s canon. Let’s hope they’ll be playing (commissioning?) something more substantial from him soon.
Pierre’s Jalbert’s Sonatine, for violin and guitar makes a stop and New York City’s Symphony Space for it’s New York premiere. Guitarist David Leisner and violinist Jesse Mills appear on the “Serenades and Premieres” to perform the work.
Violinist Tim Fain is a poster child for this new musical openness and ecumenicalism. But beyond just mixing genres, he is also fascinated with how music can engage more of the senses and interact with dance and film and new technologies like the fast-evolving realm of virtual reality. Chicago audiences will get a taste of Fain’s wide-ranging interests when he teams up with longtime friend, pianist, and Academy Award–nominated composer Nicholas Britell, for “Once Upon a Score,” a touring multimedia program that will make its debut on December 2 at Ravinia. Through music, visuals, and commentary, they will explore some of their collaborations in the realms of dance, virtual reality, and especially film. Britell is best known for his scores to Free States of Jones (2015), and this year’s Best Picture Oscar winner, Moonlight—excerpts from all three will be featured, as well as highlights of other projects that the two have worked on in one way or another.