Ushering in the new decade, WNMF 2020 proudly presents its opening concert featuring this year’s distinguished guest composers: Michael Daugherty and Sarah Kirkland Snider.

Snider’s symphonic Hiraeth explores the ideas of home, family, and belonging. The lush score is accompanied by a film by Mark DeChiazza that captures the filtered sunlight and emotional undertones of Snider’s remembered childhood.

Daugherty’s searing Fire and Blood features the return of Canadian violin virtuoso Alexandre Da Costa. Each of the three movements is inspired by famed Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals, a series of frescoes that depict industry and human labor through the lens of Rivera’s Marxist-leaning worldview. Paving the way for the piece is Alexander Mosolov’s Iron Foundry, composed just a few years before Rivera’s murals, also depicting a vision of industry from a distinctly futurist perspective.

WSO Composer-in-Residence Harry Stafylakis rounds out the program with Sun Exhaling Light, a scalding musical response to the epidemic of mass shootings in the United States, inspired by One Pulse – One Poem by President Obama’s inaugural poet Richard Blanco.

Aleksander Mosolov – The Iron Foundry
Harry Stafylakis – Sun Exhaling Light
Michael Daugherty – Fire and Blood
Sarah Kirkland Snider – Hiraeth 

Daniel Raiskin, conductor
Alexandre Da Costa, violin
Mark DeChiazza, filmmaker