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World Premiere of Pierre Jalbert's From Dusk to Starry Night with Sasha Cooke and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra; Boston Chamber Music Society Debuts Street Antiphons

Apr. 01, 2015

World Premiere of Pierre Jalbert's <em>From Dusk to Starry Night</em> with Sasha Cooke and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra; Boston Chamber Music Society Debuts <em>Street Antiphons</em>

On April 23, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra premiere From Dusk to Starry Night, Pierre Jalbert's new orchestral song cycle. David Danzmayr conducts the premiere, which takes at The Church of St. John the Divine in Houston, TX. Written in four movements, the work features texts by Stephen Foster, Amy Lowell, and Walt Whitman. Of the work, Jalbert writes: 

From Dusk to Starry Night takes as its theme the many meanings and characteristics of ‘night.’ The work contains four songs, each one with its own contrasting character. The first song, “The night in silence,” contains [Whitman] texts [and] references the clear starry night and…the rising moon. The second song is...from a poem of Amy Lowell, referencing fireflies at midnight. The third song, also from Whitman, alludes to the sounds of war…I thought of this as a kind of apocalyptic nighttime battle scene…The last song uses the text of a Stephen Foster song, ‘Slumber My Darling.’ Though its lullaby characteristics remain, the melody and setting is very different.

Also this month, the Boston Chamber Music Society offers the first performance of Pierre Jalbert's Street Antiphons at the Sanders Theater in Cambridge, MA on April 19. Scored for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, the three-movement, 16-minute work was co-commissioned by the Boston Chamber Music Society, Da Camera of Houston, SOLI Chamber Ensemble and Voices of Change. Jalbert describes the work as an attempt "to present and contrast secular and sacred music. The 'secular' music (music of the street) comes in the form of rhythmically driving sections, while the 'sacred' music is often lyrical and suspended."

Subsequent performances of Street Antiphons take place in Texas at San Antonio’s Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on May 18 and at Taylor Recital Hall at Trinity University on May 19 by the SOLI Chamber Ensemble.

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Pierre Jalbert
From Dusk to Starry Night (2015)
for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Street Antiphons
for clarinet, violin, cello and piano