Sponsored by the Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation
Conductor Sarah Hicks leads the orchestra in her ROCO debut, featuring three world premieres, including Earth by Aaron Jay Kernis, featuring tenor Nicholas Phan. Reflecting upon the fundamental environmental crisis of our time, and created in collaboration with poet and agricultural researcher Kai Hoffman-Krull, the work tells the story of a farmer’s life through vignettes exploring the incremental changes of the seasons and how those who depend upon the land must adapt.
Honoring survivors of human trafficking, Leanna Primiani’s Neither men nor money validate my worth also receives its world premiere, to be accompanied by images from The New Abolitionists. Completing the program will be the world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff‘s fanfare Score, and Mussorgsky’s classic Pictures at an Exhibition in a special presentation, with accompanying images from the collections of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
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Sarah Hicks, conductor
Aaron Jay Kernis, composer
Leanna Primiani, composer
Nicholas Phan, soloist
Aaron Jay Kernis: Earth [ROCO Co-Commission with Santa Fe Pro Musica]
Leanna Primiani: Neither men nor money validate my worth [Commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, World Premiere by ROCO]
Jonathan Leshnoff: Score [ROCO Co-Commission with IRIS Orchestra]
Modest Mussorgsky, arr. Alan Gout: Pictures at an Exhibition
The Church of St. John the Divine
2450 River Oaks Boulevard
Houston, TX, USA
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