Emanuel Ax, piano
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 14 in E Flat Major
Verdi Ballet Music from Aida
Weber Der Freischutz Overture
Jessie Montgomery** Source Code
Franck Symphonic Variations
'This performance will feature the critically acclaimed all Black and Latino Sphinx Virtuosi, a conductorless ensemble comprising alumni of the Sphinx Competition. Last year's inspiring concert sold out to an audience of nearly 3,000 and The New York Times described the 2012 performances as “fiery” and “expressively shaped.”'
Music inspired by the exhibition Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars, including composers Laura Kaminsky, Errollyn Wallen, Damon Ferrante, and Jessie Montgomery and works by George Anthiel and Ezra Pound. Montgomery's contribution will be a re-imagined film score for a scene from Jean Cocteau's "The Blood of a Poet."
'Connections rises above a rote tribute disc with the inclusion of violinist and composer Jessie Montgomery’s five-part suite In Color. Stewart commissioned her to compose the suite based on certain multiphonics techniques that he has crafted. “The interesting challenge with In Color was to find a blend between the unique timbre of the tuba and the strings, to find a place in the middle where these two opposing timbres could meet,” Montgomery explains. “I spent a lot of time with Bob learning about his technique and the array of effects and colors that have become a part of his palette, and I used those as a basis for the techniques employed by the string quartet.”'
- John Murph, JAZZTIMES