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Radius Ensemble | Parable

Thursday • October 5, 2023   |   8:00 pm 9:00 pm

Gnarly blues and blistering cross-rhythms launch the 2023-24 season at full-speed with Filter for solo violin by the genre-bending Haitian-American composer Daniel Bernard Roumain. The luxuriant Shining Gate of Morpheus for horn and strings by Eleanor Alberga, a British composer of Jamaican descent, compliments a world premiere for flute, oboe, and clarinet by longtime Radius collaborator and Boston local Curtis Hughes. Igor Stravinsky’s own trio arrangement of L’Histoire du Soldat, a neo-classical Parable, brings the concert to a close. L’Histoire du Soldat is the Faustian tale of a soldier who makes a fateful trade with the Devil: his violin for a book that can predict the future.

DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN – Filter for solo violin (2006)
CURTIS HUGHES – New Work for flute, oboe and clarinet (2023) – WORLD PREMIERE COMMISSION
ELEANOR ALBERGA – Shining Gate of Morpheus for horn and strings (2021)
IGOR STRAVINSKY – Petite Suite (L’Histoire du Soldat) for clarinet, violin, piano plus narrator (1919)


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Radius Ensemble’s 2023-2024 concert season – its twenty-fifth – includes music that bridges cultures and spans centuries, with works by seventeen composers, two-thirds women or people of color. The season includes iconic works by masters Stravinsky, Coleridge-Taylor and the Chevalier de Saint-Georges; new classics by Missy Mazzoli, Jennifer Higdon, and Chen Yi; virtuosic solo works by Daniel Bernard Roumain, Shawn Okpebholo and Steve Reich; and old favorites by Luciano Berio and George Crumb. Plus, each concert features a world premiere, including the winner of the thirteenth annual Pappalardo Composition Award, and a commissioned work for the entire ensemble by award-winning Boston composer Elena Ruehr.


Thursday • October 5, 2023
8:00 pm 9:00 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Thanks to our partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and their “Card to Culture” program, Longy School of Music of Bard College can offer free tickets to many of our diverse and innovative performance offerings. See the full list of participating “Card to Culture” organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.