Fall Concert Featured World Premiere of Chris Farrell’s Needle and Thread

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The Grammy-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble announces a programming change for the October 13 Fall Concert.  Due to scheduling difficulties related to illness, ALIAS is postponing the performance of Karim al Zand’s The Art of Conversation.  ALIAS will instead present the world premiere of ALIAS musician Chris Farrell’s original work Needle and Thread, a work commissioned by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission with funding provided by the Bonnaroo Works Fund and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

“I was selected by the commission to create an original composition inspired by a public artwork in the Metro Arts or Arts in Public Places database,” Farrell said. “I chose the Thread and Needle, by David Dahlquist on the 28th Avenue Connector Bridge.”   The “Thread” movements of Farrell’s piece present a series of different melodies, and the “Needle” movements weave the threads together with a repeated “needle” melody first played by harp and viola.

“Though we had to postpone the performance of Karim al Zand’s The Art of Conversation, fortunate timing allowed ALIAS instead to present the first live public performance of a new composition by ALIAS’ own Chris Farrell,” ALIAS  Artistic Director Zeneba Bowers remarked. “The piece was commissioned by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, and is inspired by local art – just another way that ALIAS events embody the ensemble’s collaborative spirit.”

In addition to its artistic collaborations, ALIAS also has a tradition of partnerships with Nashville’s nonprofit community. The nonprofit partner for the October 13 Fall Concert is Safe Haven Family Shelter, who will receive 100 percent of proceeds.

All of ALIAS’ series concerts are in Turner Hall at the Blair School of Music, where ALIAS is a resident ensemble.