Ned Rorem and Joan Tower

Tuesday, April 30, 2002, 7:30 PM



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The Kennedy Center Fortas Chamber Music Concerts
Joseph Kalichstein, artistic director

Ned Rorem and Joan Tower
Two American Composers Play Their Own Works
Harolyn Blackwell, soprano
Eva Gruesser, violinist
Leon Williams, baritone
André Emelianoff, cellist
Carole Wincenc, flutist
Charles Neidich, clarinetist

To have two composers perform works of their own in one stunning concert is by itself an extraordinary event. To have them hand-select the performers to perform with them is a triumph. Joan Tower and Ned Rorem have enthusiastically agreed to do just that, in one unforgettable concert. The performance includes includes two of Rorem's moving song cycles. Tower's works feature both recent compositions and old favorites that reinforce her status "among the most original and forceful voices in modern American music" (The Detroit News). This once-in-a-lifetime event is the perfect conclusion to the perfect season.


Big Sky (2000), for violin, cello and piano
Ms. Gruesser, Mr. Emelianoff, Ms. Tower

Wings (1981), for clarinet
Mr. Neidich

Tres Lent (1994), for cello and piano
Mr. Emelianoff , Ms.Tower

Flute Concerto (1989), for flute and piano
Ms. Wincenc, Ms. Tower

Petroushkates (1980), for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano
Ms. Wincenc, Mr. Neidich, Ms. Gruesser, Mr. Emilianoff, Ms. Tower



Pippa's Song
What if Some Little Pain….
O You Whom I Often and Silently Come
Rain in Spring
On a Singing Girl
Little Elegy
Ferry Me Across the Water
See How They Love Me
I Am Rose

Ms. Blackwell, Mr. Rorem

War Scenes

  1. A Night Battle
  2. A Specimen Case
  3. An Incident
  4. Inauguration Ball
  5. The Real War will Never Get in the Books
    Mr. Williams, Mr. Rorem


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