NEC Philharmonia + David Loebel: Making Choices
Anthony Davis is best known for his operas, including X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, Amistad, and The Central Park Five, works that boldly face America’s fraught racial history.
Like a character in one of Davis’ operas, the hero of Beethoven’s dramatic Coriolan Overture faces a life-altering conflict between his duty as a military leader and his love for his family.
Completed shortly before Beethoven’s death, Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 (known as “The Great C Major”) expanded the model of his revered predecessor’s symphonies into harmonically daring, ever-songful music of “heavenly length.”
This performance is open to in-person audiences, and can also be viewed below via livestream.
Watch livestream from Jordan Hall:
- NEC Philharmonia
Ludwig van Beethoven | "Coriolan" Overture, op. 62
Anthony Davis | Notes from the Underground (1988)
In Notes from the Underground...I was interested in creating rhythmic drama, using polyrhythmic structures to articulate expanses of time. The nodes of conjunction of the polyrhythms help create occasions for change as well as dramatic action. This became a compelling musical device in my operas as well as my earlier orchestral works. Rhythmic ostinatos, repeating structures of varying lengths and contrasting tonality have a similar function as leitmotifs in Wagner’s operas. The vamps or ostinatos delineate time and space, providing a subtext in the music that is both conscious and subliminal, embodying forward motion and giving the music the inevitability of groove.
Notes from the Underground debuted in 1988 with the American Composers’ Orchestra. The work has been performed by a number of orchestras in the United States and Europe including performances by conductor Lorin Maazel with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Pittsburgh and at Carnegie Hall. The piece riffs on Duke Ellington’s seminal work Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue, transposing Ellington’s imaginative sonorities of woodwinds, trumpets, trombones and rhythm section into antiphonal orchestral choirs. The work is dedicated to the novelist Ralph Ellison and is conceived in two sections, “Shadow” and “Act” after his collection of essays.
– Anthony Davis
Franz Schubert | Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944 "The Great C Major"
Andante - Allegro, ma non troppo
Andante con moto
Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Bella Hyeonseo Jeong
Chae Lim Yoon
Kwong Man To
Yi-I Stephanie Yang
Josephina You Kyung Kim
Jeong Won Choe*
Hui Lam Mak
So Jeong Kim‡
Nathalie Graciela Vela*
Ki Yoon Park
Pei Hsien Lu^
Stephanie Nozomi Krichena‡
Pei Hsien Lu