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Sat, May 21


Santa Monica

Jacaranda Series

Peabody Southwell, soprano; Movses Pogossian, violin; Steven Vanhauwaert, piano; Mark Alan Hilt, conductor

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Time & Location

May 21, 2022, 8:00 PM

Santa Monica, 1202 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA

About the event

ITALIAN MODERN Luigi Dallapiccola Tartiniana Seconda Ferrucio Busoni All’ Italia! (In modo napolitano) Busoni Elegy Luciano Berio O King Busoni Berceuse Élégiaque (arr. Arnold Schoenberg) BerioChamber Music (3 movements, text by Thomas Wolfe) BerioWasserklavier, Erdenklavier, Luftklavier, Feuerklavier Berio Sequenza No. 2 Igor Stravinsky Suite Italienne

Italian cars, shoes and sculpture resonate for everyone with the idea of modernism, yet Italian music, not so much. Luigi Dallapiccola and Igor Stravinsky, perhaps inspired by Nicolo Paganini’s diabolical virtuosity, fashioned fiendish violin suites of Italian Baroque dance mannerisms twisted by modern obsessions with the machine. Three very different elegies by Ferrucio Busoni emerged from the end of the nineteenth century as it crashed into WWI, the influenza pandemic of 1918, and the aftermath of both. Luciano Berio penned an intimate elegy of Martin Luther King that would grow to be included in Berio’s shatteringly original Sinfonia. The ultra-modernist writer James Joyce collected his love poems as “Chamber Music” and Berio set them as a quartet offering to Dallapiccola. Sequenza II for Harp abandons stereotypes and turns to electronic sounds. The four elements: water, earth, air and fire inspire Berio to make a set within his six scintillating encores.

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