AWAKE, Jacaranda’s 15th season, explores conscience and consciousness with six program ideas: environment, power, solidarity, sensuality, science, and identity.


February 24
EXTRASENSORY

Andre Jolivet – Chant de Linos (1944)
    Rachel Beetz, flute; Alison Bjorkedal, harp; Alyssa Park, violin, Luke Maurer, viola & Timothy Loo, cello
Eric Tanguy – Sonata for Two Violins (1999)
    Alyssa Park & Shalini Vijayan, violins
Olivier Messiaen – Oiseaux Exotiques (1956) 
    Aron Kallay, piano; Jonathan Hepfer, glockenspiel & Dustin Donohue, xylophone
    Mark Alan Hilt, conductor; Jacaranda Chamber Orchestra
Messiaen – La Mort du Nombre (1930)
    Suzanne Waters, soprano; Tim Gonzalez, tenor; Jessica Guideri, violin & Jack Dettling, piano
Betsy Jolas – Quatour III (1973)
    Lyris Quartet
Claude Debussy – Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894, arr. 1920)
    Mark Alan Hilt, conductor; Jacaranda Chamber Orchestra

Sensuality: February and March concerts update Jacaranda’s OM Century – a two-season celebration 2007-2009 of Olivier Messiaen’s centenary – his models, friends, and students. Messiaen’s countryman and contemporary Andre Jolivet (1905-74) shared membership in the so-called Jeune France group. Eric Tanguy (b.1968) studied with Messiaen pupil Gerard Grisey (1946-98); Betsy Jolas (b. 1926) also studied with Messiaen and succeeded him at the Paris Conservatoire. From age 11, Messiaen was obsessed with the music of Debussy, its color, perfume, unique sense of time and advanced harmony. His music is represented with an early work indebted to Debussy, and a classic mid-century masterpiece exploring his love of birds.

March 17
MENTAL ENERGY

Iannis Xenakis – Psappha (1975)
    Steven Vanhauwaert, piano
Olivier Messiaen – Quatre études de Rhythm (1950)
    Jonathan Hepfer, percussion
Jean Barraqué – Piano Sonata (1952)
    Mr. Vanhauwaert

Science: This concert opens Jacaranda’s OM Century redux with an extraordinary turning point in piano composition, the transformational Quatre études de Rhythm. Messiaen’s new work inspired many leading lights including Jean Barraqué (1928-74). His student wrote this rarely performed and legendary Mt. Everest of piano sonatas. Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) began study with Messiaen as a mathematician and architect. He was among the first to reconcile computer science with music. Psappha is his best-known work for percussion and is now a solo classic. The evening is devoted to the mid-century mental energy that intensified an impulse – dating back to Bach and before – to bring a scientific approach to exploring music and sound.


May 19
REGIONAL ACCENTS

Manuel De Falla – Fantasia Baetica (1919)
    José Menor, piano
Roberto Gerhard – String Quartet No. 2 (1962)
    Lyris Quartet
Gerhard – Three Impromptus for Piano (1950)
    Mr. Menor
Tomas Peire-Serrate – Awake (2013)
    Andreas Levisianos, conductor; TBD flute, clarinet, violin, cello & percussion
Peire-Serrate – React (2011)
    Eric Jacobs, clarinet; Lyris Quartet
Gerhard – Fantasia (1957)
    Michael Kudirka, guitar
De Falla – Homenaje a Debussy & La Vida Breve/Danza No. 1 (1920)
    Mr. Kudirka
De Falla – Harpsichord Concerto (1926)
    Gloria Cheng, harpsichord; TBD flute, oboe, clarinet, violin & cello

Identity: The season will climax with a survey of three generations of Spanish/Catalan music. Two thrilling recent works by Tomas Peire-Serrate (b. 1979) living now in Los Angeles; solo piano, guitar, and string quartet music by the mid-century master Roberto Gerhard (1896-1970); plus, by Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), a major and astonishing solo piano work, two infectious guitar finds, and his neoclassic treasure the Harpsichord Concerto. This music coexists with Spain’s identity politics making headlines today. The program notes will explore the deep roots and tensions leading to the Spanish Civil War and subsequent era of Francisco Franco, from whose government De Falla fled to Argentina. The spirit of Catalonia will resonate this evening.