Camerata Pacificia Plays Ravel and More at the Scherr Forum Theatre
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
January’s program opens with the gently satirical and melancholy Flute Sonata of Francis Poulenc. Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello follows, highlighting two of our guest musicians: violinist Chee Yun and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Both musicians join the ensemble for the first time in January though their respective careers have included performances with orchestras and symphonys worldwide.
The program concludes with Louis Vierne’s Opus 42 Quintet for Piano & Strings. Vierne is primarily known as an organist and composer of works for that instrument, but the composition for string quintet that will be performed in January (by violinists Chee Yun and Agnes Gottwschewski, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, pianist Anne Epperson and violist Scott Lee) is a dark, quasi-autobiographical work, fully romantic in expression. It is the anchor of the program and a perfect example of a Camerata Pacifica trademark: the discovery and presentation of unknown music that should be known!
Guest Artists: Chee-Yun (violin), Alisa Weilerstein (cello), Anne Epperson (piano) and Scott Lee (viola)
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