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Strange City: The Music of Claude Vivier

  • University Lutheran Church 3637 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

The music of the Canadian composer Claude Vivier (1948-1983) combines diverse influences–from the the cerebral constructions of the European avant-garde to exoticist borrowings from East Asia– into a haunting and inimitable artistic voice. Vivier‘s intense and colorful music mirrors his life as an eccentric and bon vivant who met a tragic death at the age of 34. The Arcana New Music Ensemble will perform a selection of this rarely performed music, ranging from the shatteringly virtuosic piano work Shiraz to the ritualistic intonations of Et je reverrai cette ville étrange (“And I will see this strange city again”), which is based, like much of his music, on the unfolding elaboration of a single melodic line.

PROGRAM

Greeting Music
Prema Kesselman, flute
Evan Ocheret, oboe
Erin Busch, cello
David Hughes, piano
Andy Thierauf, percussion

Hymnen An Die Nacht
Alize Rosznyai, soprano
David Hughes, piano

Shiraz
David Hughes, piano

Pulau Dewata
David Hughes, piano
Andy Thierauf, percussion

Et Je Reverrai Cette Ville Étrange (“EJR”)
Tessa Ellis, trumpet
Veronica Jurkiewicz, viola
Erin Busch, cello
Davi Ciriaco, bass
David Hughes, piano
Andy Thierauf, percussion

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Earlier Event: January 18
Arcana Brass