The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra will beg, borrow and steal for its June 3 concert in New Brunswick’s Christ Church. The Saturday 7:30 p.m. show will feature Dmitri Shostakovich’s arresting Chamber Symphony and Sebastian Currier’s haunting Next Atlantis (about the drowning of New Orleans during Katrina), among others.
Begging comes into play with the first performance of Alexa Canales’ suite for strings Once More. Canales is pursuing a doctoral degree in music composition at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Artistic Director Hyczko says, “As any good non-profit would, we’re barely paying her, so we’re essentially ‘begging’ her for the music.”
Borrowing comes into play with Michael Daughterty’s Strut, since the piece repurposes the memory of Rutgers’ alum Paul Robeson walking down a Harlem Street in the 1930s. The larger-than life valedictorian and athletic hero is world-renowned for his singing of “Old Man River,” and his prowess as an actor.
Look for borrowing also in Sebastian Currier’s Next Atlantis, a remembrance of Hurricane Katrina where Currier reuses the sounds of water running, of barges, and of foghorns. The ambient sounds played back through stereo surround accompanied by the orchestra result in a haunting soundscape.
As for stealing, John Corigliano’s instrumental work “Voyage” steals from an earlier vocal work of his. Similarly, Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Chamber Symphony” pilfers themes from his previous composition, particularly his searing Cello Concerto.
Tickets for begBORROWsteal are available for $20 ($10 for students) at the door or through the NBCO website at http://newbrunswickchamberorchestra.org/nbcochrist-church/
For more information, please contact John Semmlow at (732) 249-6999.