Composer Spotlight: Bruce Adolphe

Saturday, May 02, 2009, 7:30 PM

As part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week, this concert features a selection of composer Bruce Adolphe's chamber works played by some of today's exciting musicians and the Center debut of the Apollo Trio.



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Apollo Trio
Marija Stroke, piano
  Curtis Macomber, violin
  Michael Kannen, cello

Lauren Skuce, soprano
Misha Amory, viola
Tara-Helen O'Connor, flute
Stephen Taylor, oboe

"Adolphe's music is wonderfully evocative. It excites the ear and the mind."
--The Chicago Sun-Times

Chamber music… operas… symphonies… concerti… song cycles… Bruce Adolphe's music has been performed all over the world by the likes of Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, the Beaux Arts Trio, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Composer-in-Residence at the Brain and Creativity Institute in Los Angeles, Adolphe is also the director of family concerts for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the quiz-master for public radio's weekly Piano Puzzlers on Performance Today. The Fortas series showcases a selection of Adolphe's chamber works in a concert by some of today's most exciting musicians, including soprano Lauren Skuce, violist Misha Amory, flautist Tara-Helen O'Connor, oboist Stephen Taylor, and the Kennedy Center debut of the Apollo Trio. On the program is a duet for violin and piano, a D.C. premiere for soprano and piano trio, and a sextet with projected images of paintings by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and other abstract masters whose work inspired the composer. Part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.

  Three Secret Stories for Violin and Piano
  Wind Across the Sky: Settings of Native American Poems
      for Soprano and Piano Trio (D.C. Premiere)
  The Tiger's Ear: Listening to Abstract Expressionist Paintings
for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano, with Visuals

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