Alice Shields -The Wind in the Pines - World Premiere - October 26, 27 and 28

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Alice Shields -The Wind in the Pines - World Premiere - October 26, 27 and 28

Alice’s Chamber Music America commission The Wind in the Pines - after the climate catastrophe for soprano and six instruments will be performed and livestreamed by the Eurasia Consort of Seattle on October 26 and 27 at Scorca Hall of the National Opera Center, 330 7th Avenue at W. 29th St in Manhattan and on October 28 at Hofstra University’s Helene Fortunoff Theater in Monroe Lecture Center on California Avenue in Hempstead, NY.

Inspired by the famous Japanese Noh play Matsukaze, it is written for soprano, recorder, flute, Gothic bray harp, Turkish oud, Baroque theorbo, and percussionist playing sustained, bell-like sounds on vibraphone, glockenspiel and crotales. The delicate orchestral effects reel in a subtle, shifting dance of tempos, while the soprano voice, floating as if in a dream, warns of the impending climate crisis and the need to protect the earth. The Eurasia Consort, who approached Chamber Music America to commission the piece, specializes in music that crosses cultural boundaries between East and West.”

Upcoming Premiere Performances of The Wind in the Pines:

October 26 @ 3:30 PM - Online streaming premiere broadcast from the National Opera Center.

October 27 @ 7:30 PM - Live public concert and reception at the National

Opera Center - Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door. Proof of vaccination and masking is required. The virtual performance is free. 

October 28 @ 7 PM - Live public concert at Hofstra University This event is free and open to the public. Proof of vaccination and masking is required.  

Artists include David Bloom, conductor; Martha Cluver, soprano; Daphna Mor, alto recorder; Sarah Carrier, flute; Karen Lindquist, bray harp; Adem Birson, oud; August Denhard, theorbo, with Rex Benincasa, percussion, playing glockenspiel, vibraphone and crotales.

The music is published by American Composers Alliance.