Featuring MMF Composer-in-Residence Bright Sheng, New Americans looks at an array of composers who have become American citizens during their lifetime. Their music is emblematic of America’s marvelous cultural variety and many the contributions which makes this country so rich and diverse. The music of Puerto Rican-born Americans Dan Román and Roberto Sierra reflects their Latin heritage. Martinů came over during World War II, successfully escaping the Nazis and has a continuing influence on American music. Daniel Sabzghabaei draws on his Persian heritage, taking inspiration from Persian melodic and rhythmic systems, folk music, art and poetry. Chinese-Canadian virtuoso Pius Cheung joins the conversation and performs a work by Sheng and one of his own.
Opening Night: New Americans
Bright Sheng: Dance Capriccio for piano and string quartet
Dan Román: p.a.s.s.i.n.g. P.u.n.t.o.s.
Pius Cheung: Tesla’s Harmony
Bohuslav Martinů: Sonata No. 3 for violin and piano, H. 303 (selected movements)
Roberto Sierra: Piano Trio No. 3, Romántico (selected movements)
Daniel Sabzghabaei: (حال – چهارگا (Hāl – Chahārgāh)
Sheng: Hot Pepper for violin and marimba