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Hannah Lash's Hush at Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Oct. 01, 2013

Hannah Lash's <em>Hush</em> at Alabama Symphony Orchestra

On October 25, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra performs Hannah Lash’s Hush, marking the first concert of Lash’s term as the orchestra’s 2013-14 Sound Investment Composer-in-Residence.

The concert, which is curated by Lash, features Hush along with the music of three composers who have influenced her work: Stravinsky, Mozart, as well as her former teacher, Bernard Rands, who is represented on the program by his chamber orchestra work, Madrigali. Danail Rachev conducts the performance, which takes place at the Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Hush, a 15-minute work for chamber orchestra, was commissioned and premiered by David Vickerman and the Great Noise Ensemble in the fall of 2011. It was played by the Los Angeles Philharmonic as part of their "Brooklyn Festival" last season.

In January, Lash returns to Birmingham – as composer as well as harpist – for a performance of her trio, Folksongs, for piccolo, percussion and harp. Lash comments:

It’s so unusual for a composer to be a harpist, I can’t say it influences my music, but I do enjoy the saturation of sound. And although the harp isn’t a very loud instrument, I do feel it has a resonance—you feel like you’re awash with sound.

Lash’s residency culminates next May with the premiere of a new work commissioned by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

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