Points of Origin/New Century (New Century Chamber Orchestra performs Banner)

May 12 - July 11, 2023
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New Century Chamber Orchestra
(415) 392-4400
First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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As New Century embarks our second European tour, we invite you to join us on a series of journeys inspired by musical heritage. Two works explore America’s identity as a melting pot, including Jessie Montgomery’s Banner, a reimagining of our national anthem, and Nico Muhly’s Stranger, a song cycle with tenor Nicholas Phan that reflects on the American immigrant experience. British composers offer masterful tributes to their predecessors in two landmark works from the 20th century: Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Benjamin Britten’s Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge. The world premiere of Hannah Kendall’s …I may turn to salt, based on a text by British-Ethiopian poet Lemn Sissay, rounds out the program.


[9’] Jessie Montgomery: Banner

[10’] Hannah Kendall: …I may turn to salt. [World Premiere]

Commissioned by the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Germany

[26’] Benjamin Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10


[14’] Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

[18’] Nico Muhly: Stranger, for Tenor and String Orchestra [World Premiere]