Galax Quartet with Contralto Karen Clark

David Wilson & Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; David Morris, ‘cello; Roy Whelden, viola da gamba; with Karen Clark, contralto

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SFEMS fully embraces its season theme —The New Music—Glorious, Impassioned, Outrageous— in a genre-bending program to engage new and early music audiences alike! Galax Quartet and Karen Clark embark on a Galactic journey—as only they could—from the earliest avant-garde of four centuries ago to music newly written for ancient instruments.

From the end of the Renaissance, Clark and Galax will perform the swirling, mystical Prophetiae Sibyllarum of Orlando di Lasso (1530–1594) and the emotionally wrenching Beltà poi che t’assenti of Carlo Gesualdo (1566–1613), music far ahead of the time in its radical and evocative harmonies—music which in fact inspired Stravinsky.

The concert also offers premieres of two works recently written for the quartet. Galex will perform the World premiere of On the Petaluma River by Roy Whelden, who is recognized as a major figure in the composition of new music for historical instruments. The program concludes with the West Coast Premiere of Dream Drapery: “Thoreau Songs” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner. The much-honored Schwantner is known for a uniquely dramatic style and is one of the most prominent American composers today.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 8:00PM
First Lutheran Church
600 Homer Street at Webster, Palo Alto

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 7:30PM
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave at Garber, Berkeley

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 4:00PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell Street at Gough, San Francisco

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