Country of Origin United States
Description Dennis Russell Davies brings us jazz legend Max Roach and pianist Lukas Foss in a concert of risks and excitement.
Principal conductor Dennis Russell Davies and Conductor Laureate Lukas Foss close the season with two twentieth-century masterpieces and a world premiere that could scarecely be more different. In his Chamber Concerto (1923-25), Berg grappled with the formal challenges of twelve-tone music, setting his experiment in a form that recalls a Baroque concerto grosso. Henry Threadgill's new work, commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic and featuring jazz legend Max Roach, derives its eclectic musical language from non-traditional sources. And Bernstein's Second Symphony (1949), featuring Lukas Foss at the piano and based on Auden's poem "The Age of Anxiety: A Baroque Eclogue," will surely resonate to today's listeners with his uplifting message about the struggle between personal alienation and the affirmation of humanity.