Lush musical imagery from exotic locales around the world, with visions from a Mediterranean cruise, Russia for the death of a tyrant, interpretations of American jazz on Danish streets, and the new world inspired by Native American music

Sunday, April 22
4:00 PM

Central United Methodist Church

Central Avenue at Palm Lane, Phoenix

$20 General Admission – $15 Seniors & Students
Under 18 free with a paid admission

  • Jacques Ibert: Ports of Call
  • Carl Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto No. 57, Alex Dergal, soloist
  • W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23, K.488 Vitlaus von Horn, soloist
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau: Suite from “Les Indes Galantes”
  • Zachary Bush, MusicaNova Composition Fellow: Trepidation (world premiere)

The idea of traveling through music is central to this program. First, the Ibert piece Ports of Call, imagines a musical journey on a Mediterranean cruise, as you stop off at various points along the way.  Mozart’s concerto, heard at the eponymous moment in the current film “Death of Stalin,” will be different than any performance you have heard before.  It’s the way Mozart would have performed it himself, full of improvisations and elaborations by the soloist found nowhere in the written score.

Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto sounds like jazz had infused the Danish character of the music, and the Rameau Suite from Les Indes Galantes is a musical journey through the New World — a truly exotic location for an 18th Century French composer. The incredible “Danse des Sauvages” swings like a ragtime number, and was inspired by Rameau hearing Native American music at an exhibition in Paris some years before he wrote the opera!

In all of these works the exotic elements are integrated in a style that is distinctive to the composer, whose identity remains intact even as he journeys musically into another realm.

Click to see the complete program notes  by Conductor Warren Cohen for all the pieces in this concert.

Click to see the biographies of the artists featured in Ports of Call.

General Admission $20 – Seniors and Students $15 – Under 18 free with a paid admission
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 and the Arizona Commission on the Arts

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