The Grammy-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble will perform works from all three of its recordings on its Winter Concert, Wednesday, February 10, 8:00 PM at Blair School of Music’s Turner Hall. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS
The group will be playing works by Gabriela Lena Frank, Kenji Bunch, and Paul Moravec. “The musicians are really proud of our discography,” Artistic Director Zeneba Bowers explains. “After the release of ‘Amorisms’ last month, this seemed like a good way to celebrate and to look back at our recording history. We’ve picked a few of our favorite things from all three discs.”
The concert will include a complete reading of “Quijotadas” by Gabriela Lena Frank. This string quartet, depicting the life and foibles of the legendary Don Quixote, was one of the works on ALIAS’ debut album “Hilos”, which garnered the group a Grammy nomination for Best Ensemble Performance.
The ensemble’s second CD, “Boiling Point: Music of Kenji Bunch”, will be represented by two works: “Drift”, a semi-free-form “eventual lullaby” for clarinet, viola, and piano; and the first and the third movements from the CD’s anchor work, the string quintet “String Circle”. “The middle [3rd] movement was the biggest hit of the night when we performed it a few years ago,” ALIAS cellist Matt Walker says. “It’s based on the tune ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ and it pays homage to Johnny Cash. It has a very folk-ish flavor, but with a gorgeous depth and uplifting spirit reminiscent of Samuel Barber’s famous Adagio for Strings.”
The ensemble’s third CD – works by Pulitzer-winning composer Paul Moravec – was released in January 2016. ALIAS, along with Portara and the Nashville Ballet, commissioned Moravec to compose a new work for them. The result was “Amorisms”, five songs each based on a different Shakespeare quote on the topic of love. The groups (sans dancers) will perform the first and last movements from this work, as well as an a capella work from another work on the CD, “Sacred Love Songs”.
As is always the case with ALIAS performances, the concert is a benefit for a local nonprofit service organization. This concert’s nonprofit partner is the Nashville Freedom School Partnership, who will receive 100% of the net proceeds from the concert.
ALIAS Chamber Ensemble
Winter Concert: February 10, 2016, 8:00 PM, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University
Kenji Bunch: Drift for clarinet, viola, and piano
Kenji Bunch: “Lowdown” and “Ballad” from String Circle for string quintet
Gabriela Lena Frank: Quijotadas for string quartet
Paul Moravec: Selections from “Amorisms” and “Sacred Love Songs” with Portara Ensemble