For our first benefit concert, Seattle Modern Orchestra welcomes pianist Stephen Drury for an exciting and virtuosic solo recital. Drury’s program features three works rarely heard in Seattle:
Serynade by German composer Helmut Lachenmann focuses on the inevitable natural law that the sound of the piano is always fading out, and explores how the piano sound can be kept alive, worked and shaped to stop its death and therefore, time.
John Cage’s Etudes Australes consists of 32 indeterminate pieces written using star charts, which results in an unbound independence of the performer’s hands.
Finally, Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata represents his “impression of the spirit of the transcendentalism” of Emerson, Hawthorne, the Alcotts, and Thoreau.