Michael Francis, conductor
Mitchell Kuhn, oboe
Ahmed Alabaca: Across the Calm Waters of Heaven – A Piece for Peace
Tomaso Albinoni: Concerto for Oboe No. 2
Max Richter: On the Nature of Daylight
Vaughan Williams: Variations on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Barber: Adagio for Strings
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After living in a pandemic for a year, you deserve these precious moments of beauty and peace, featuring Barber’s Adagio for Strings, one of the most recognizable pieces of classical music in the world, famously featured in the stirring 1986 Vietnam war film Platoon. Michael Francis starts the concert with Ahmed Alabaca’s Across the Calm Waters of Heaven – A Piece for Peace, written after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., in 2015, that “captures the inextinguishable spark of human goodness.” Albinoni’s lovely Concerto for Oboe No. 2 features soloist Mitchell Kuhn. In On the Nature of Daylight, composer Max Richter creates a “sense of luminosity and brightness.”
WATCH VIRTUAL PRE-CONCERT CONVERSATION
Click here to watch to watch Music Director Michael Francis talk about how he put the program together with General Manager Ed Parsons.
ON THE BLOG
Composer Ahmed Alabaca uses music to find “peace, reassurance and healing,” even in devastating events. Read more on the TFO Blog.
PRINTABLE PROGRAM NOTES
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