“Music and Stories Around the World” celebrates music for strings by composers from all around the world! This totally unique, brand new, family-friendly program shares music and stories from Armenia, the Chickasaw Nation, Haiti, Peru, Iran, Taiwan, Uganda, and the US. The audience will learn about the legendary Armenian composer, music educator, and ethnomusicologist Komitas, and then hear his music performed by string quartet. Learn the proud tradition of the Afro-Peruvian Hatajo de Negritos dance, then hear its music. They will also learn the story of the Andean miners that accompanied the original version of “El Condor Pasa” by Peruvian composer Daniel Robles, then hear the piece in its original version. Audiences will learn about Chicago’s Haitian founder Jean Baptise Pointe du Sable, then hear Haitian composer Sabrina C D Jean Louis’ musical tribute to him. Listeners will also hear how Chicago south-sider Florence Price became the first African-American woman to have a work performed by a major symphony, then hear her contrapuntal arrangements African-American and other American folk songs. They will also hear how Taiwanese used music to keep their spirits strong after World War II, then hear the resilient song they sang.
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