Fairy Tales
February 25, 2023 @ 8:00pm
February 26, 2023 @ 3:00 pm

Julia Perry, Short Work for Orchestra
Edvard Grieg, Piano Concerto
Maurice Ravel, Ma mère l’oye (Mother Goose) Ballet

Ravel’s Mother Goose began its life as a group of piano miniatures, which later were brilliantly orchestrated, and then finally expanded into the ballet score that we will present to you. It is a magical score filled with wonder on every page, and finishes with one of the most-profound climaxes of the 20th century. Grieg’s Piano Concerto was to prove highly influential to impressionists such as Ravel, and its second movement is a heartfelt response to the birth of his daughter. I’m especially excited to present the work of Julia Perry, an African-American woman living in the mid-20th century, whose brilliantly-crafted music is a unique expression of neoclassical sensibilities distilled through the challenges she faced as a female composer of color in the United States.

Elizabeth Dorman
Praised by Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle for her “elegance and verve,” pianist Elizabeth Dorman enjoys performing music both new and old as a soloist and chamber musician.

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The River

May 20, 2023 @ 8:00pm
May 21, 2023 @ 3:00pm

Trey Makler, “you echo in me” (World Premiere)
Felix Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto
Edward ‘Duke’ Ellington, The River Ballet Suite

This program features two American works—one by Duke Ellington, and the other written with you in mind by our Composer in Residence, Trey Makler. The River is yet another ballet score, written for Alvin Ailey and the American Ballet Theater in 1970. This fabulous work uses the progress of a river, from a tiny spring to the ocean, as a metaphor for life. Like the other two seldom-heard ballet scores we present this season, this is a work of huge invention, and a reminder (as if any of us need it), that Duke is one of our very greatest composers. Violin virtuoso Cordula Merks completes our traversal of 19th-century concertos with the warm-hearted Mendelssohn.

Trey Makler

Trey Makler is a musical storyteller. His music creates dramatic, poignant narratives that take the listener on unexpected journeys through memories of hope, play, struggle, and triumph.

Cordula Merks

Violinist Cordula Merks is the Concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.

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