Symphonic Winds & Opus Zero at Williams
Friday, December 3 @ 8 p.m.
Metaphorically speaking, music can send you soaring to the skies or dash you to the ground. With Rising/Falling, the Williams Department of Music explores the concept of motion in music—in particular the contrast between work that leaves you uplifted or with a sinking feeling. The centerpiece of the concert is the Opus Zero Band’s performance of selections from Ted Hearne’s Katrina Ballads, a song-cycle consisting of texts drawn from news reports that reveal the destruction meted on New Orleans when the water rose and the city sank. Opus Zero also performs two movements from Bruno Mantovani’s Le Sette Chiese, inspired by the “Seven Churches” complex in Bologna: those related to The Church of San Giovanni-Battista and La Crypteo—one building that ascends while the other descends. The Symphonic Winds presents the New England premieres of two works for band and electronics—one that rises (James Mobberley’s Ascension) and one that falls (Derek Charke’s Falling from Cloudless Skies)—as well as a piece that stays firmly in place (Armando Bayolo‘s Fanfare: Treadmill). Two chamber works—David Lang’s Increase and Brian Simachik’s Like a Man—round out this free program.
Williams College, Chapin Hall