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This program explores covid and its impact on society. The title, Wings, is a nod to a bird as it migrates for winter, changing its surroundings to survive. With covid, we have needed to adapt in a similar way – often changing the way we do things.
Right before the pandemic, we were all going about our daily lives. Similarly to The Cape Cod Files, all cultures around the world were going about their lives. Towards the end of the “normal” though, some people could begin to sense things changing, and often found themselves being alone like in the final unaccompanied movement. Wings is a piece unaccompanied and unmetered. This is what many of us felt during the first month of lockdown – alone and unsure. Many of us still carry this feeling even as the “new normal” begins to take shape. Finally, Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet shifts us between major and minor keys throughout the movement, reflecting many of the emotions of the pandemic with hope, sorrow, optimism, and uncertainty.