Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center
Mika Pelo, director
[Pre-concert talk with the composers at 2:15 pm.]
American music; three composers across three generations, all still alive! Genres range from opera to songs to intimate chamber music—
Derek Keller: California Tableaux, Act I
A thought-provoking opera that deals with the complexity of California’s multicultural history. The piece questions what it means to be a citizen of the US; who’s in and who’s out, and perhaps even what it means to be “American.”
Also on the program is a piece by San Francisco composer Mark Winges, and a duo by Karl Kohn, born in Vienna but emigrated to the US in 1939, an eminence of Californian music life who turned 90 last year.
The Empyrean Ensemble presents engaging, thought-provoking, eclectic programs, enabling audiences to experience new musical sensations delivered with high artistry by its seven extraordinary core players—the finest new music performers in California. Ensemble-in-residence at UC Davis, Empyrean has premiered more than 200 works and performed throughout California, including appearances at many prominent music festivals and concert series.