Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 7pm
Cheekwood - Winter Concert Series
1200 Forrest Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37205
Whirling Spring brings together a range of repertoire inspired by the natural world, human relationships, color and space. Cristina Spinei’s Whirl for string ensemble is her own interpretation of Spring inspired by “the tornado threats and flood warnings that plague our spring and early summer” in Nashville. Spinei’s composition student, Dayla Spencer, is a 17 year-old composer and trombonist who will be graduating from MLK Magnet High School in Nashville this spring. Her work Ventus Colores for strings was inspired by her favorite colors. Navy Blue features driving rhythms and harmonic surprises.
Pauline Oliveros, known for her “deep listening” approach to music invites musicians to listen to environmental pulses and use rocks as musical instruments in a spatial, improvisatory sharing.
Ruth Crawford Seeger, a contemporary of Copland, was known for both her commitment to the study of folk music, but also her work as an “ultramodern” American composer in the 1920’s. Her Music for Small Orchestra uses a similar instrumentation to Copland’s original 13 instrument version of Appalachian Spring. Copland shared Crawford Seeger’s affinity for modernism and also folk music, as seen in the inclusion of Simple Gifts as a theme in his Pultizer Prize winning work. Appalachian Spring will feature original choreography by Beata Santora performed by students from the Ensworth School of Dance.
Intersection is thrilled to be partnering with Cheekwood to present Whirling Spring as the third and final installment of the Cheekwood Winter Concert Series. Set in Cheekwood’s beautiful Botanic Hall, this intimate, ticketed show will expand perspectives and delight aficionados. Tickets are $35 for Cheekwood members and $45 for soon-to-be members. Purchase admission online at www.cheekwood.org.
Cristina Spinei: Whirl
Ruth Crawford Seeger: Music for Small Orchestra
Dayla Spencer: Navy Blue from Ventus Colores *Premiere Performance
Pauline Oliveros: Rock Piece
Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite for 13 Instruments
Kelly Corcoran, Conductor
Beata Santora, Choreographer (Ensworth School of Dance)
Molly Barth, flute
Mariam Adam, clarinet
Peter Kolkay, bassoon
Alessandra Volpi, piano
Christina McGann, violin
Elena Lim, violin
Carrie Bailey, violin
Monona Suzuki, violin
Carl Larson, viola
Sarah Cote, viola
Kaitlyn Raitz, cello
Dongdong Zhang, cello
Tiffany Freeman, bass
ENSWORTH SCHOOL OF DANCE PERFORMERS
Julia Grace Linn