Marcus Thompson, the first person to earn a doctorate in viola performance from Juilliard, debuts an exciting new concerto for his instrument by award-winning American composer Elena Ruehr, specially commissioned by the New Orchestra of Washington (NOW). Conductor Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez leads the small-size symphony with the big, full sound, as they also perform works by living contemporary composers, including Rodion Shchedrin's Suite from Carmen, as well as Arvo Part's Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten, at First Congregational UCC in DC. Thompson is a founding member and currently serves as the artistic director of the Boston Chamber Music Society, and he and Ruehr both teach at MIT. Come early for a pre-concert chat with the composer and stick around after the show for a reception with the artists.
Program (subject to change):
Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten by Arvo Pärt
Concerto for Viola and Strings by Elena Ruehr, (Commissioned by NOW, World Premiere)
Marcus Thompson, viola
Carmen Suite for strings and four percussionists by Bizet-Shchedrin
6:00pm Pre-concert Talk with Joel Phillip Friedman and Elena Ruehr
9:00pm Post-Concert Reception with the Artists