TSBMH Music at Noon: Lilac 94 | Salzedo, Larkin, Gershwin, Morel, Andres

Tuesday, January 9th 2018 at 12:00 pm

Since 1988, on the second Tuesday of each month, The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s free Music at Noon concert series has highlighted the work of exceptional regional musicians with a diverse mix of musical styles. The 2017-18 Music at Noon series at the Music Hall continues with a performance by the harp duo Lilac 94.

With a program entitled “Harp Commotion,” Lilac 94 is to perform:

  • Carlos Salzedo — Tango from Suite of Eight Dances (1943)
  • Carlos Salzedo Pentacle, suite for harp duo (1928) [Steel --- Serenade --- Felines --- Catacombs --- Pantomime]
  • George Gershwin, arr. Stanley Chaloupka  — excerpt from a Suite from Porgy and Bess (1935)
  • Rebecca LarkinThe Juniper Tree (2014)
  • Daniel MorelKC Blue (2015)
  • Bernard AndresParvis (1974)

Lilac 94’s “Harp Commotion” presents numerous percussive works for harp duo. Kathryn Sloat and Christina Brier hit their soundboards, slap their strings, and in general, make a ruckus. The program opens with famed and influential harp composer Carlos Salzedo’s Pentacle, a landmark work in which Salzedo pioneered many of the extended techniques and percussive sounds that harpists use today. Up-and-coming composer Rebecca Larkin uses many of these same techniques to tell the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale “The Juniper Tree.” Because percussion plays an integral rhythmic role in jazz, the program includes jazzy favorites such as “Summertime” and “I got plenty of nuthin’” from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, as well as a jazzy new composition KC Blue, which was commissioned by Lilac 94. The program concludes with Bernard Andres’ Parvis, a beloved standard of the contemporary harp duo.

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