Fall Concert: Snow Falls

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

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November 5, 2017 | 7 p.m.
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, Seattle
World Premieres by composers Ryuichi Sakamoto and Keiko Fujiie:
Snow Falls
Composer: Ryuichi Sakamoto | Commissioned by Music of Remembrance
Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a profound and unique impact for decades in Japan and around the world as a composer, musician and peace activist. Set to the haunting poem “Snow Falls” by Kiyoko Nagase, this arrangement for actress, violin and piano draws on melodies from Ryuichi Sakamoto’s film score for “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son.” Actress Naho Shioya will deliver the poem both in Japanese and in an English translation by Empress Michiko.
Wilderness Mute
Composer: Keiko Fujiie | Commissioned by Music of Remembrance
This 20-minute song cycle for soprano, baritone, violin, clarinet, cello and double bass creates an eloquent musical setting for texts by Japanese poets from Hiroshima and Nagasaki in English translation. Fujiie, a Nagasaki native and one of Japan’s most noted and frequently-performed composer, has been honored twice with the NHK Symphony Orchestra’s coveted Otaka Prize.


The November 5 program also reprises Paul Schoenfield's powerful Sparks of Glory, based on the memoirs of Polish-Israeli journalist Moshe Prager. Baritone/actor Robert Orth brings fiery passion to the work's four true stories of courageous defiance, taken from the words of heroes who themselves did not realize that they were heroes. Orth has captivated MOR audiences as Picasso in the world premiere of Tom Cipullo's After Life (2015), and as Gad Beck in Jake Heggie's Out of Darkness (2016).

The program also features little-known gems created by Émile Goué, William Hilsley and Marius Flothuis - French, British and Dutch composers respectively - in prison and concentration camps.

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