Celebration of the 20th year of the series

New Music at Willamette presented a gala concert in celebration of the 20th year of the series. The program also honored the 100th anniversary of the death of Gustav Mahler, one of the seminal figures of the modernist movement in music, with a performance of Mahler’s spectacular orchestral song cycle, Das Lied von der Erde. Fittingly, the Mahler was heard in a special arrangement for chamber orchestra by Arnold Schoenberg, a composer whose own orchestral style was greatly influenced by Maher.

Listen to the Concert

01. The Pythia icon

02. Das Lied von der Erde ("The Song of the Earth") icon

The vocal soloists for "Das Lied" were Willamette Professor Allison Swensen-Mitchell, mezzo-soprano and director of the Dramatic Vocal Arts Ensemble, along with Professor Leslie Green, tenor.

Also featured on the program was "The Pythia," a monodrama for soprano and orchestra on a poem by Paul Valéry. This work by Willamette composer-in-residence John Peel was heard in a new version for chamber orchestra and sung in English. The soprano soloist was Willamette Professor Amy Hansen.

Accompanying the singers was an ensemble of instrumental soloists, including Willamette faculty members along with principals from the Oregon Symphony and other orchestras in the region. Professor Hekun Wu conducted.

April 29, 2011
Hudson Concert Hall, Willamette University