PROGRAM: MUSIC OF THE AMERICAS
Three Pieces William Grant Still (1895–1978)
Summerland for quintet
Here’s One for violin and harp
Incantation and Dance for flute and harp
Lullaby and Grotesque for viola and cello Rebecca Clarke (1886–1979)
The Song of the Black Swan for cello and harp Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959)
L’Histoire du Tango Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
Three Preludes for Piano for quintet George Gershwin, arr. Joseph Scheer (1898–1937)
Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Andante con moto
Two Arias for violin, cello and harp Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924)
Vissi d’arte (from Tosca)
O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)
Selections from Don Giovanni for flute and strings W.A. Mozart (1756–1791)
2–4 arias (To be determined)
Meditation from Thais for violin and harp Jules Massenet (1842–1912)
Limestone and Felt for viola and cello Caroline Shaw (b. 1982)
Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana for quintet Pietro Mascagni (1863–1945)
ABOUT THE KENNEDY CENTER OPERA HOUSE ORCHESTRA
Established in 1978, The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the beautiful Opera House of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. It is the only orchestra in the country dedicated solely to the performance of three musical genres: opera, ballet and musical theater.
The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra Quintet’s touring program showcases compositions from America as well as beloved international pieces with a special focus on ballets and operas. Their repertoire include selections from William Grant Still, Claude Debussy, Astor Piazzolla, Maurice Ravel, Myroslav Storyk as well as George Gershwin.
Classical Movements has been presenting the annual Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival across the country since 2009 and is the same company that brought the Minnesota Orchestra, as the first professional US Orchestra to tour to Africa, on their groundbreaking tour to South Africa in 2018. This time, they are bringing two renowned American chamber ensembles to the country.