WNMF 1: Lineage

Saturday, January 23, 2021 | 7:30 pm CST

In this special – if reduced – edition of WNMF, we wanted to pay homage both to composers who have played an important role in the festival’s history, and to newer voices who signal things to come.

In the dirge-like Source Code, Jessie Montgomery explores the syntax of the black spiritual, inspired by her study of African American artists prominent during the Civil Rights era. The spiritual acts as a melodic anchor to her textural developments throughout this single-movement work for string orchestra. We continue with another deeply personal work, the intimate and impassioned Supplica by the late Christopher Rouse. Informally serving as a companion piece to his Fourth Symphony, the work’s title – Italian for “supplication” – remains a mystery, as Rouse intended it.

No stranger to WNMF audiences, the riveting music of Montreal-born composer Samy Moussa returns to the festival with his powerful, physical work Kammerkonzert for chamber orchestra. The evening wraps up with John Adams’s sequel to Chamber Symphony – Son of Chamber Symphony. Commissioned by Stanford University, Carnegie Hall and the San Francisco Ballet in 2007, the sequel is pure Adams. Cast in his playfully mercurial style, it is a characteristically complex and richly imagined work.

Daniel Raiskin, conductor

Source Code – Jessie Montgomery
Supplica – Christopher Rouse
Kammerkonzert – Samy Moussa
Son of Chamber Symphony – John Adams

Pre-concert panel (pre-recorded) – 7:05 pm CST: LIFEWORK

Every composition and performance represents a moment in the artist’s development, like a travel journal through their lives. In this virtual panel, musicians connect to discuss their oeuvre, and what it means to revisit works created by their past selves.

Daniel Raiskin & Harry Stafylakis, hosts; Jessie Montgomery, composer; Samy Moussa, composer; Daniel Raiskin, music director.

WNMF Lounge post-concert chat
(Zoom event after the concert)

Harry Stafylakis, host; Samy Moussa, composer; Daniel Raiskin, music director.