November 19 @ 4:00 pm
Feel the warmth of the California Sun through music with this homegrown concert as part of the California Festival: A Celebration of New Music! Weaving the music of Berkeley’s own with those they have mentored and influenced in their work, the music of these five composers come together in California Connections. Embrace the healing sounds of Andean folk music through Gabriela Lena Frank’s Kanto Kechua No. 2. Discover the majestic beauty of the Eastern Sierra Mountains in Ben Shirley’s High Sierra Sonata. Berkeley High School Alum Anais Azul’s Cascades and Canyons will transport you through the serenity and challenges of nature. Gabriella Smith’s Carrot Revolution inspires new perspectives through historical techniques. Find yourself moving to the music with selections from John Adams’s rhythmic Book of Alleged Dances. This concert will allow you to get up close and personal with the unique sounds of our state.
Gabriela Lena Frank | Kanto Kechua No. 2
Ben Shirley | High Sierra Sonata
Anais Azul | Cascades and Canyons
Gabriella Smith | Carrot Revolution for string quartet
John Adams | Selections from Book of Alleged Dances
The State of California and the Bay Area itself has a unique ecosystem all its own with not only famous living composers residing and working here but their students tend to stay in the area and become well known which has led to generations of California taught and residing fabulous composers. They often use subject matter and musical inspirations are taken from their lives here, including the environment and nature which leave enough of a mark on them that when they leave they still paint the picture of what it is like to live in this great state.
From the California Festival website: https://www.cafestival.org/explore/berkeley-symphony/