On Friday, November 9, I’ll be giving a recital as part of Sacramento State’s 35th annual Festival of New American Music. The festival itself runs from November 1 until November 10 and includes numerous concerts, master classes, composer’s forums, and performances in local schools. Augusta Read Thomas is this year’s keynote speaker, and other guests include Third Coast Percussion, Citywater, Calliope Duo, JACK Quartet, Travis Brass, Allen Vizzuti, and Rootstock Percussion. And amazingly, all the events are free and open to the public. See the poster at right for the full schedule.
The idea for this concert came to me last year. While planning for my April recital, I realized that I had a whole stack of recent music by American composers that I wanted to perform. So, I set much of that aside for this fall. In its now final form my program consists of five pieces, which I think do a good job of demonstrating the wide variety of music that has recently been written for bassoon. Four of the five pieces were written in the last five years; the “old standard” of the program is André Previn’s Sonata, published way back in 1999. I’m excited to be playing works by three composers who I know personally, and to be giving the premiere of a work by one of them, my Sac State colleague Stephen Blumberg. My recital (and many of the other FeNAM concerts) will be broadcast live via the school’s Livestream Channel.
Festival Ensemble: David A. Wells, bassoon and friends
Friday, November 9, 8pm
Capistrano Hall, Sacramento State (map)
Stephen Blumberg — Desert Rains for clarinet and bassoon (World Premiere)
David Dies — Kai-‘r/xhqt(i)s (West Coast Premiere)
André Previn — Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
Erik Spangler — a firefly in the belly for bassoon and electronics (West Coast Premiere)
Gernot Wolfgang — Low Agenda