Moonlight (and a) Serenade
Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 8pm
Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music
27 Garden Street, Cambridge MA
General Admission: $30
Students / Children: $10
Yehudi Wyner: New BMV Commission WORLD PREMIERE
Geoffrey Burleson, piano
Barbara White: My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon
Richard Festinger: Serenade for Six
Ronald Perera: Crossing the Meridian Commissioned by BMV in 1982
Charles Blandy, tenor
As America’s oldest professional new music ensemble, Boston Musica Viva has commissioned some of the greatest composers of the 20th and 21st Centuries. And for the finale of our 48th Season, we’re adding an exciting name to that distinguished list: Boston’s own Yehudi Wyner.
A prolific and lauded composer who has written over 100 works, Wyner was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for his piano concerto, Chiavi in mano. He has also collaborated many times with BMV’s pianist, Geoffrey Burleson, including performances in New York, and Burleson has played Chiavi in mano at the June in Buffalo new music festival. With Wyner’s deft expertise writing for piano and ensemble, and Burleson’s virtuosity at the keyboard, we are excited to share a new work bringing together their talents with Boston Musica Viva for the first time.
In addition to Wyner’s BMV premiere, Boston Musica Viva’s finale explores the moments between big moments, and shares the music that emerges when everything else goes still.
Crossing the Meridian, a favorite work from the BMV archives by Ronald Perera, features tenor Charles Blandy singing texts by five very different American poets, exploring an array of challenging journeys from the phyisical to the emotional.
“Celestial navigators check their longitude by timing the exact moment the sun crosses their meridian. At this transit the sun seems to hang at its zenith, neither rising nor descending. So, also, can our lives seem to hang still in a moment of passage. Crossing the Meridian is about those moments when time can seem almost frozen to us, about those eternal-seeming moments when we perceive ourselves in the middle of the experience.” —Ronald Perera
Barbara White’s My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon echoes the theme of stunning solitude found amid strife. Inspired by a poem of the same title by Masahide (the title, is in fact, the entire poem!), White’s music is informed by both personal struggle, and serendipitous literal moonlight.
In another BMV debut, A Serenade for Six by Boston-native turned San Franciscan David Festinger is a coloristic tapestry of textures based on the wide breadth of possibilities offered in BMV’s core ensemble. Festinger weaves together alternating tempi, shimmering melody, and elements of jazz.
“A Serenade for Six proved festive, coalescing flittering, silvery streamers with multicolored fog and dancing, rhythmic juice. The whole was complicated, yet decorative and merry, a musical garland.”—The Los Angeles Times