THE COMPANY OF VIRGIL

Music by Virgil Thomson, John Cage,

Lou Harrison, and Scott Wheeler

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, 4 p.m., Unitarian Society, Main Street, Northampton

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, 4 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street, Boston

THE PROGRAM

 

PART ONE

 Virgil Thomson (1896-1989)

 Portraits, arr. L. Silva

Bugles and Birds  *  Tango Lullaby  *  In a Birdcage  *  Fanfare for France

Astrid Schween, ’cello, and Randall Hodgkinson, piano 

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Four Songs of Shakespeare

Peter W. Shea, tenor, and Monica Jakuc Levertt, piano

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 Prayer to St. Catherine of Siena

Junko Watanabe, soprano, and Ms. Jakuc Leverett

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Synthetic Waltzes

Dana Muller and Gary Steigerwalt, piano, four hands.

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John Cage (1912-1992)

4’33”

In a Landscape

Edward Rosser, piano 

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The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs

Ms. Watanabe and Ms. Jakuc Leverett

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Lou Harrison (1917-2003)

Suite for Cello and Harp

Ms. Schween, ’cello, Fraziska Huhn, harp.  

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15-MINUTE INTERMISSION WITH REFRESHMENTS,

FOLLOWED BY REMARKS AND REMINISCENCE BY SCOTT WHEELER

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PART TWO  

The next five pieces will be played without interruption.

 

Scott Wheeler (b. 1952)

Cookie Galop with Waltz (1/93)                 A portrait of Elizabetha Cranstoun at age 7

Morningside (8/07)                                     A portrait of Monica Jakuc

Alphabet Dance (5/92)                               For Arthur Berger on his 80th

Birthday Card for Tony (4/13/98)              Further study in chords – after V.T.    (for Anthony “Tony” Tommasini)

Ms. Jakuc Leverett

    Virgil Thomson

Scott Wheeler: Free-Wheeling (June 23, 1981)

Ms. Jakuc Leverett

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Scott Wheeler

Spirit Geometry

Prelude * Gentle Breezes

Orders and Diversions *  De Profundis

Ms. Schween and Mr. Hodgkinson