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...of dark and bright

MARCH 21, 2020, 8:00 PM
MARCH 22, 2020, 3:00 PM

Levy Hall, Rodef Shalom Congregation

Missy Mazzoli - Dark with Excessive Bright
Jeffrey Turner, double bass

Caroline Shaw - To the Hands
Resonance Chamber Orchestra & Festival Chorus
Maria Sensi Sellner, conductor

plus works by Lili Boulanger, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Chen Yi, Gabriela Lena Frank, Ottorino Respighi, & Jennifer Higdon!

In March, we are thrilled to present one of the first US performances of Missy Mazzoli's bass concerto, Dark with Excessive Bright with Jeffrey Turner as guest soloist!  Jeff was principal bass of the Pittsburgh Symphony for 31 years and is now a professor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. 

Our exploration "of dark and bright" includes a number of other works that were also inspired by music of the past. A major highlight is Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw'sTo the Hands for voices and strings, which was commissioned as a response to Ad manus from Dieterich Buxtehude’s 17th century masterpiece, Membra Jesu Nostri. To the Hands integrates plainchant and excerpts of Latin from the Buxtehude work, with contemporary texts, including elements of Emma Lazarus' poem on the Statue of Liberty, and numbers of internally displaced persons, by country, sourced from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

The balance of the program will include Chen Yi's ShuoOttorino Respighi's Ancient Airs & Dances, Suite 3Ruth Crawford Seeger's Andante for Strings, and more!



Jeffrey Turner, double bass
Dawn Posey, violin
Katy Williams, soprano
Maria Sensi Sellner, conductor
Resonance Chamber Orchestra & Chorus


Kaija Saariaho - Changing Light
Ruth Crawford Seeger - Andante for Strings
Caroline Shaw - To the Hands
Missy Mazzoli - Dark with Excessive Bright

Chen Yi - Shuo
Jennifer Higdon - To the Point
Ottorino Respighi - Ancient Airs & Dances Suite No. 3
Gabriela Lena Frank - Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout


Levy Hall, Rodef Shalom Congregation

4905 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213