The Light That Fills the World: Sounds from California to Alaska

Date(s) - Mar 13, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek

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This concert takes listeners from the jubilant yet often harsh realities of California’s Gold Rush era, to the sights and sounds of the Grand Canyon evoked by the son of German immigrants 13 years after a drive across Arizona, to the final work of a Hungarian refugee conveying feelings about a just-ended world war and memories of a beloved homeland, to the richly textured yet mystical depiction of a slumbering urban city by a second-generation composer considered the most “American” of American composers, and to a transcendent and meditative work by a composer born in Mississippi and inspired by the landscapes of Alaska.

Aaron Copland – Quiet City (trumpet, English horn, strings)
Conducted by Jeff Dickey
Ferde Grofé – Grand Canyon Suite (“Sunrise,” “On the Trail,” “Sunset”)
Conducted by Kathryn Crandell
William Grant Still – Old California
Béla Bartók – Viola Concerto in A minor
Soloist: Chuxuejie Zhang, Yen Liang Young Artist Competition winner 2019–2020
John Luther Adams – The Light That Fills the World