The Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Summer Music Institute Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, will present the world premiere of Derrick Skye’s Flames Nurtured the Rose, a piece for orchestra that reflects on bittersweet contradictions. The sun is a constantly burning sphere of flames, yet it nurtures everything on earth -- After a forest fire, the soil is very fertile. Musically, the juxtaposition of these conflicts are explored through dissonance that underpins soaring lyrical melody. Dissonances are created both harmonically and rhythmically with indeterminacy, pitch bends, and clustered pizzicati. Flames Nurtured the Rose also integrates musical practices from numerous cultures into a Western classical setting. Other works on the program include Anna Clyne's Masquerade and Reena Esmail's Ram Tori Maya.
The Kennedy Center Concert Hall is located at 2700 F St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20566. It is accessible by Metro (via the subway and bus lines), by taxi, and by car. The concert is free to the public.
The creation of Flames Nurtured the Rose was commissioned by The National Orchestral Institute + Festival’s K12 New Music Project at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, in partnership with the American Composers Alliance.