Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 8 pm
Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music

DEBUSSY – Piano Trio
Chahta Aiasha (Choctaw Places) for oboe and strings WORLD PREMIERE
WEIR – Wake Your Wild Voice for bassoon and cello
Roaring Fork for wind quintet

Trailblazers is a program at the crossroads of nature and culture, freedom and restraint. The concert highlights National Native American Heritage Month with the world premiere of Boston-based composer, and member of the Choctaw tribe, Charles Shadle’s Chahta Aiasha (Choctaw Places) for oboe (doubling English horn) and strings. The program opens with Claude Debussy’s early Piano Trio in G Major, which foreshadows his later explorations. Next comes Judith Weir’s Wake Your Wild Voice (2008) for bassoon and cello, featuring the bassoonist as the unlikely virtuoso, “awakening…a wilder, more passionate voice than the instrument is often allowed.” Finally, Eric Ewazen’s pastoral Roaring Fork for wind quintet extends the theme of natural spaces, celebrating the Roaring Fork River valley’s spectacular scenery with bubbly textures and crystal clear harmonies. 

Pictured: Judith Weir (BBC), Charles Shadle ( Kyle Hoepner), Eric Ewazen, Claude Debussy

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