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St. Louis, MO—songbirdsongs
October 8, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$23
Ann Choomack, piccolo & ocarina
Jennifer Nitchman, piccolo & ocarina
Jennifer Gartley, piccolo & ocarina
Tim Munro, piccolo & ocarina
William James, percussion
Alan Stewart, percussion
Shannon Wood, percussion
CHRISTOPHER CERRONE Memory Palace
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Songbirdsongs
Memory Palace pays tribute to the way our lives are affected by places and people. In this piece for percussion, the palace is American composer Christopher Cerrone’s life. There are the crickets of a camping trip, the windchimes of his parents’ backyard. “These sounds in the piece are the signposts,” writes Chris. “They help me remember—and more important, understand—who I am.
Songbirdsongs transforms the Pulitzer Foundation into a musical forest. Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Luther Adams lived for 40 years in the wilds of Alaska, and his works are inextricably linked with the natural world, giving voice to nature’s beauty, danger and fragility. In songbirdsongs, piccolos and percussion surround the audience, playing choruses of dawn and dusk.