ALIAS’ May 14 Concert to Showcase Music of Gabriela Lena Frank Prior to Recording, Commission

ALIAS returns to the stage at Blair School of Music’s Turner Recital Hall on Friday, May 14 to close out its 2009/10 season. ALIAS’ Spring Concert, which begins at 8 p.m., features two works by composer and Guggenheim Fellow Gabriela Lena Frank, including her acclaimed string quartet Quijotadas. ALIAS will record both works, as well as three other Frank works, for Naxos Records this fall.

The program for ALIAS’ upcoming concert boasts four very different pieces for two musicians. ALIAS percussionist Chris Norton will perform one of the Frank works, Danza de los Saqsampillos for two marimbas, joined by Todd Kemp.

Also featured are two duos by French composers: Philippe Hersant’s Eleven Caprices for two cellos, and two songs by Lili Boulangerfor soprano and piano.

Rounding out the program is Introduction and Allegro by Maurice Ravel, which is scored for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet. This work will bring to the stage guest artists Roger Martin (flute), Rebecca Dorcy (violin) and Daniel Reinker (viola).

“ALIAS is on the verge of a project that will garner national attention – a project that includes a commission by the prominent, young American artist Gabriela Lena Frank and a recording on Naxos’ American Classics label,” said ALIAS Executive Director and cellist Matt Walker. “This concert provides Nashville audiences an opportunity to experience this project in its early stages.”

Artistic Director Zeneba Bowers refines the timeline: “We have been rehearsing Quijotadas since last August; we’ve really grown with it in the past eight months. It is amazing to think that we will be recording it a couple of weeks after this performance.”

General Admission $12

Students w/ID $5