03.03.23 | FLOURISHES


Friday, March 3, 2023 at 8 pm
Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music

HOLLAND – The Stone and the Milkweed for horn, viola, piano and narrator
GARDNER – The Way of Ideas for flute, clarinet, violin and cello
WOOLF – String Trio (Prueraria Lobata)
POULENC – Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano

The approach of spring Flourishes with The Stone and the Milkweed, a new piece for horn, viola, piano and narrator by frequent Radius collaborator Jonathan Bailey Holland. The title combines “A Milkweed” and “A Stone”—titles from a pithy diptych of poetry by Richard Wilbur exploring surrender and hubris respectively. The Way of Ideas (2007) for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello by Alexandra Gardner also responds to the written word, in this case Phlip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. The work shimmers with meter games and slides into off-kilter grooves. Luna Pearl Woolf brings back the botanical with her String Trio (Prueraria Lobata) (2000) whose parenthetical subtitle refers to the invasive kudzu vine. A chestnut from Poulenc—the frolicking trio for oboe, bassoon and piano—and a new piece by the winner of the twelfth-annual Pappalardo Composition Competition round out the concert.

Pictured: Jonathan Bailey Holland (Robert Torres), Alexandra Gardner (Thom Parks), Luna Pearl Woolf (Nadine Hennelly), Francis Poulenc

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