ACMF returns to Annapolis’ historic Hammond-Harwood house for a second year—with a twist. As we look to explore how setting can affect and inform chamber music, we bring our performance outside to the serene garden of this landmark home. Works by American composers, many of which draw inspiration from the natural world, will be featured in a unique intersection of sound and place that’s sure to reveal hidden depth in each work.
Charles Ives has often been viewed as America’s most anachronistic composer. An insurance agent by trade, his compositional output is riddled with experimental techniques, many of which were years before their time. Combined with his deep understanding and love of folk music, the result was a catalog that paved the way for American musical modernism. His first string quartet serves as the cornerstone of this concert, full of the melodic beauty and rhythmic peculiarity that makes Ives so unique.
Samuel Barber’s “Summer Music,” a standard of the woodwind quintet repertoire, offers an evocative journey through pastoral landscapes. Each instrument is featured virtuosically as different characters emerge. Pulitzer Prize winner and a founding member of the New York City’s acclaimed Bang on a Can festival, Julia Wolfe has been creating a striking, energetic style of her own for several decades. “On-seven-star-shoes” for wind quintet is an exciting, angular work that’s sure to inhabit the outdoor space like no other piece can. Another Pulitzer Prize winner, John Luther Adams is best known for his nature-inspired music, most notably from his time living in Alaska. His string quartet, “Dream of the Canyon Wren,” brings to mind the birdsong-influenced work of Olivier Messiaen, replete with natural and animalistic imagery that results in a placid yet sublime musical snapshot.
Julia Wolfe - Seven Star Shoes for woodwind quintet
John Luther Adams - Dream of the Canyon Wren for string quartet
Samuel Barber - Summer Music for woodwind quintet
Charles Ives - String Quartet no. 1
repertoire subject to change