Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 8pm
Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music
27 Garden St., Cambridge MA

Tickets for this concert are no longer available online, but will be available at the door starting at 7:15pm. Cash and credit cards are accepted at the door. 

Boston Musica Viva Personnel
Richard Pittman, conductor
Sarah Brady, flute
William Kirkley, clarinets
Robert Schulz, percussion
Geoffrey Burleson, piano
Gabriela Diaz, violin and viola
Jan Müller-Szeraws, cello
Emily Thorner, soprano

Melinda Wagner: Unsung Chordata world premiere
David Stock: Scat
     Emily Thorner, soprano
Andy Vores: Forgot
     Emily Thorner, soprano
Helen Grime: 7 Pierrot Miniatures
George Perle: Critical Moments 2


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Join us for our 49th Season Finale as we reflect on where we’ve been, and look ahead at where we’re going. Looking back, we revisit two excellent BMV commissions featuring high soprano, and a masterful work by George Perle. Looking forward, we share a long-awaited new work by Melinda Wagner.

David Stock’s Scat, premiered in our second season, originally featured BMV’s longtime resident coloratura, Elsa Charlston. Andy Vores’ Forgot, premiered in our 34th season, features two poems by Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Emily Thorner, a rising star drawing praise for her tone, color, and range, makes her BMV debut singing both works.

Perle’s Critical Moments 2, inspired by Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire—the primary work that defines BMV’s core ensemble instrumentation—explores the range of BMV’s musicians (utilizing percussion in place of Schoenberg’s sprechstimme) in nine unique and precise movements. Similarly, Helen Grime makes her BMV debut with 7 Pierrot Miniatures, drawing not only instrumentation but also thematic and structural inspiration from Pierrot. 

Pulitzer Prize-winner Melinda Wagner is an “eloquent, poetic voice in contemporary music” (American Record Guide), and someone we have been eager to work with for several years. Now, thanks to a commission from the Fromm Music Foundation, we are thrilled to premiere her latest work, Unsung Chordata, as part of our 49th Season Finale.



$30 Adults
$25 Seniors
$10 Students and Children
All tickets general admission

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