Judith Shatin’s Werther for flute (dbl picc), clarinet, violin, cello and piano will be performed by the Soli Chamber Ensemble as part of their Power of the Story concerts on Tuesday, May 21, 7:30 PM in Ruth Taylor Recital Hall on the campus of Trinity University and Wednesday, May 22, also at 7:30 PM at Gallery Nord, 2009 NW Military Highway, both in San Antonio, Texas.
The composer writes, “Werther was inspired by Goethe’s 1774 novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. Romanticism, with its striving for the unobtainable, its reaching beyond, its emotional emanations, permeates the book…Werther is in essence a romantic piece: The instruments represent both characters and qualities. The violin represents Lotte, the cello Werther; the flute spirituality, the clarinet sensuality, the piano inevitability.” Read her complete program notes at http://judithshatin.com/werther/.
Other works on the program include Amichai Songs by Daniel Asia, Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together, Tobias Picker’s setting of I am in Need of Music by poet Elizabeth Bishop, Jeffery Mumford’s further evolving, and the World Premiere of Daniel Asia’s solo clarinet work The Jane Set. Visit the Ensemble at http://www.solichamberensemble.com/.
Tickets are $20. For more information, visit http://www.solichamberensemble.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=125&Itemid=121.
Ravello Records has reissued Judith Shatin’s acclaimed CD Piping the Earth – http://www.classicsonline.com/catalogue/product.aspx?pid=1434848. Her music can also be heard on the Innova, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.