At a Glance
This evening's program presents a range of works written in the 20th century that draw influence from music and sounds from different parts of the world. Performed with soprano Dawn Upshaw, Berio's Folk Songs filters 11 popular melodies from around the world through the composer's avant-garde lens, including tunes from Armenia, Sicily, and Azerbaijan. Reich's City Life depicts the sounds and energy of New York City, featuring sounds that the composer recorded throughout the city, such as speech, car horns, police sirens, door slams, and subway chimes. The program concludes with one of Bartók's best-known works, Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, which pulls elements found in his ethnomusicology research. Noted for its odd instrumentation, unique staging, and large emotional range, the piece has entered popular culture as part of the film soundtracks for Being John Malkovich and The Shining.