Mavericks Presented by New World Symphony
NWS Fellows celebrate visionary composers who both broke and honored traditions in creating their art. NWS’s own MTT hints at Italian operatic styles in the “high-flying flute pyrotechnics” (South Florida Sun Sentinel) of his Notturno, performed by Seattle Symphony’s Demarre McGill. Lured by the exotic sounds of Indonesian gamelans, Lou Harrison fused East and West in his Solstice ballet, and conjured a lilting trance in his Suite for Cello and Harp. A solo flute takes the spotlight in Harrison’s Concerto before imitating birdsong in Oliver Messiaen’s competition showpiece. Ludwig van Beethoven emerges from Mozart’s shadow to establish his musical voice in his Quintet for piano and winds.