A multiyear commissioning project that is modeled after
Cher’s decades-long farewell tours, Kurt Rohde’s Farewell
Tour—Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6—commissions new works
by the most gifted composers who, Rohde feels, are
underrepresented and deserve a wider audience, while also
broadening the repertoire for viola. His project’s anticipated
year of completion is 2028, at which time he will retire from
playing in performance and donate his instrument to some
talented whippersnapper who wants to play viola.
At the boundary between any two ecosystems there exists an
abundance and variety of life. This holds true in art, where
the zone between two mediums contains great potential for
invention and expression.