11.11.23 | LOCUS


Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 8 pm
Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music

SHAWN OKPEBHOLO – On a Poem by Miho Nonaka “Harvard Square” for solo flute
CHEN YI – Tibetan Tunes for clarinet, cello, and piano
LAVELL BLACKWELL – On the Impulse to Move for oboe, violin, viola and bassoon CO-COMMISSION
MISSY MAZZOLI - Still Life with Avalanche for flutes, clarinets, violin, cello, piano, and percussion
LUCIANO BERIO – Opus Number Zoo for wind quintet

​​Geographic points characterize the second program—each Locus with its particular flavor and patois. Composer Shawn Okpebholo combines extended techniques with the breathy cadence of the bamboo shakuhachi in the virtuosic solo flute work, On a Poem by Miho Nonaka “Harvard Square,” evoking the poet’s native Japan. Chinese-American composer Chen Yi’s serene Tibetan Tunes for clarinet, cello, and piano draws inspiration from Tibetan folk melodies and dances. Missy Mazzoli brings an affecting and deceptive simplicity to her Still Live with Avalanche for flutes, clarinets, violin, cello, piano, and percussion. Next comes a new work by local rising star Lavell Blackwell, followed by the delightful tongue-and-cheek silliness of Luciano Berio’s Opus Number Zoo, a Radius signature. 

Pictured: Shawn Okpebholo; Chen Yi; Lavell Blackwell; Missy Mazzoli (Marylene Mey); Luciano Berio

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