Saturday, November 12, Maestro Bruce Hangen and the Orchestra of Indian Hill present a program of works that celebrate nature: Dvorak’s In Nature’s Realm; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral) ; and the New England premiere of contemporary Chinese composer Tan Dun’s contrabass concerto, Wolf Totem (The Wolf).
Best known for his Oscar- and Grammy Award-winning score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Chinese contemporary Classical composer Tan Dun takes his inspiration from traditional Chinese music, a childhood fascination with ceremonial music made with rocks, water, and other natural objects; and his formal study of Western classical and contemporary composers. His 2014 contrabass concerto, Wolf Totem, is a synthesis of these influences: a traditional three-part concerto based on a book of the same name, that weaves the sounds of traditional Silk Road instruments — string fingering and rhythmic techniques that mimic ancient Mongolian Horse Fiddle playing — with the elegance and grandeur of a modern orchestra.
CONCERT TICKETS: $20-35-50; all seating is reserved. Call 978-486-9524 x116 or order online. (Online service available until 4 pm on concert day.) There is a pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm with Maestro Hangen, plus post-concert Q&A with complimentary coffee and desserts.
Guest contrabassist Erik Harris gave the American premiere of Tan’s Contrabass Concerto in 2015 with Music Director David Robertson conducting. hE attended the Juilliard School on a full scholarship, where he studied with noted double bass pedagogue Homer Mensch. He served as Principal Bass with the New World Symphony in Miami during its inaugural season in 1988, and the following year, at age 23, was invited by Sir Georg Solti to join the Chicago Symphony. Harris was appointed to his present post as Principal Double Bass of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1993. An avid teacher, Harris has taught masterclasses at the Manhattan School of Music, New World Symphony, and the Juilliard School, and currently serves on the faculty of Webster University. He performs on a double bass made by Johannes Gagliano in 1804.
Listen to our podcast interview with Erik Harris, guest soloist for Tan Dun’s Wolf Totem, with Orchestra of Indian Hill.