It's that magic time of year when musicians around the world gather in mountains and forests, at beaches and the coastline, in the desert and the wilderness, to come together and play music en masse. Festivals like Tanglewood, Aspen, Ravinia, Chautauqua, and so many more, offer wonderful opportunities to hear great symphonic music on a warm summer's eve.
All the same, the Brothers Balliett can't help but wonder what would happen if a summer orchestra were to focus on music by LIVING composers. The result of this musing? The Summer Symphony Series.
This week's installment is all about American music—David Del Tredici poured all of his love for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland into a sprawling and beautifully engaging work that he simply calls An Alice Symphony. Full of delightful touches, the number 13 underlies the structure of this work—as is only fitting for a piece by a guy named "Tredici."
For the pre-concert, we'll hear a chamber piece: Tobias Picker's Sextet. Can you say "astonishing and slightly jagged?" You will after hearing this piece.