While this event is open to the public, you must pre-register in order to gain access in person. No walk-ups will be allowed at Longy for performances.
Trailblazers is a program at the crossroads of nature and culture, freedom and restraint. The concert highlights National Native American Heritage Month with the world premiere of Boston-based composer, and member of the Choctaw tribe, Charles Shadle’s Chahta Aiasha (Choctaw Places) for oboe (doubling English horn) and strings. Next comes Judith Weir’s Wake Your Wild Voice (2008) for bassoon and cello, featuring the bassoonist as the unlikely virtuoso, “awakening…a wilder, more passionate voice than the instrument is often allowed.” Eric Ewazen’s pastoral Roaring Fork for wind quintet extends the theme of natural spaces, celebrating the Roaring Fork River valley’s spectacular scenery with bubbly textures and crystal clear harmonies. Finally, Debussy’s early Piano Trio in G Major foreshadows his later explorations and brings the program to a gauzy and ethereal close.