Lara Downes: `I've Seen Rivers` at Bargemusic
This fluvially-focused recital draws inspiration from various genres: the stately grandeur of Kern's show tune Old Man River, the poly-stylist meanderings of Rzewski's Down by the Riverside, the haunting melodic streams of Sarah Kirkland Snider's The Currents, the aching nostalgia of Shenandoah, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s majestic Deep River, and more. The program is bookended by barcarolles, opening with Ned Rorem's melancholy Barcarolle No. 1 and closing with Chopin's shimmering Barcarolle, Op. 60.
Says Lara of the music: "This program was directly inspired by my affection for the Barge, and the totally unique experience of making music on the river, literally rolling with the currents. I also chose the title I've Seen Rivers from a Langston Hughes poem, because I think that here in America we are all connected by our rivers, which run through our history, culture, and music."
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