- $18 for one ticket to Paul Barnes plays Living Composers, presented by the Chamber Music Society of Detroit (up to $33 value)
- When: Friday, November 21, at 8 p.m.
- Where: The Max M. Fisher Music Center
- Seating: general admission
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
Selections from this concert were composed specifically for Barnes, including works by Philip Glass and Victoria Bond.
Countering the myth that classical music is for long-gone artists with goofy collars, pianist Paul Barnes performs an evening of Detroit-premiere works from living composers. Barnes is a celebrated performer of new music, a skill that lead the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival to praise him as “a unique spokesman for Minimalism…[who] brings a very human core to [the music].”
- Jonah Gallagher—Ad Infinitum: The piano’s warm sound unfolds in rolling waves in this piece, whose title appropriately refers to infinity.
- Victoria Bond—Potirion Sotiriu: Translated as “The Cup of Salvation,” Bond’s stately, richly textured work was inspired by a Greek Orthodox chant, which Barnes will sing with audience participation
- Philip Glass—selections from Trilogy Sonata and After Lewis and Clark: Pieces from the philosophical works Satyagraha and Akhnaten display a theatrical lyricism, while “The Land” from After Lewis and Clark evokes images of sprawling plains and deep forests.
- Zack Stanton—Scenic Route: True to its name, the ever-shifting tone of Stanton’s short composition mimics the changing scenery glimpsed through the window of a moving car.
- Joan Tower—Homage to Beethoven: This work moves from a distinctly modern opening to reference three classic movements from the maestro’s oeuvre.
Chamber Music Society of Detroit
Before Dr. Karl Haas said “Hello, everyone!” to the country, he said it to the Chamber Music Society of Detroit. But what began as an informal gathering of chamber-music fans (organized by Haas himself) has grown into one of the nation’s finest presenters of the genre. Naturally, Haas served as the organization’s first president, then went on to host Adventures in Good Music, an internationally syndicated radio program that, like the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, aimed to create new fans of classical music. It’s a goal CMSD continues to pursue to this day, bringing world-class musicians to more than 15,000 young people per year through school concerts and community events.