Presented in partnership with the Bay Area Music Consortium
SONGS and ECHOES of HOME
DVORAK selections from Cypresses
BEECHER These Memories May Be True
KOMITAS Armenian Folk Songs
RHIANNON GIDDENS At the Purchaser’s Option
SIBELIUS String Quartet in D Minor, Op.56, “Voces Intimae”
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About the program
Songs and the echoes of home form the undercurrent of this program. The first half begins with a selection of Dvorak’s love songs and concludes with folk songs by Komitas, whose music has become an enduring symbol of home deeply treasured by the Armenian diaspora. Rhiannon Giddens’ At the Purchaser’s Option (from her album “Freedom Highway” and arranged for string quartet by Jacob Garchik) was inspired by a 19th-century advertisement she found for a 22-year-old female slave whose baby was also available for sale. Sibelius’s Voces Intimae (“Intimate Voices”) turns deeply inward, written during a period of psychological crisis and physical exile in his rural home “Ainola” (named after his wife Aino). California native Lembit Beecher’s These Memories May Be True was inspired by the fragments of Estonian culture - the songs and stories passed down to him by his grandmother, Taimi Lepasaar. Beecher writes: “This piece is a little like the scattered image of Estonia that I had while growing up, filtered through many layers of retelling, and touched by a sense of nostalgia, a sense of something beautiful that has been lost in the wash of time.”