Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Plays Aaron Jay Kernis

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

An excerpt of Pulitizer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis' newly commissioned work, Concerto with Echoes, performed live in the WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space by members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

"Concerto with Echoes," is inspired by Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6. In his notes for the piece, Kernis writes "the opening passage with two spiraling solo violas, like identical twins following each other breathlessly through a hall of mirrors — the echoing of the title. Also in mind were other works of Bach’s that I think of constantly, such as the Ricercar (also on tonight’s program), keyboard Toccatas, C Minor Organ Passacaglia, etc. But it also echoes other recent work of mine and reminiscences of other composers I love who also paid homage to Bach in their music."

The St. Paul Pioneer Press has called Kernis "a composer of fastidious technique and wide-ranging imagination." 

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