Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra - CeLOUbration 170616-3

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Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra (Lou Harrison, 1940/1959): Tomás Cotik, violin; Brian Banegas, Joshua Gianola, Christopher Haynes, Maxwell Kolpin, Jessica Vaughan, percussion; Joel Bluestone, conductor Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra (Lou Harrison, 1940/1959) The concerto begins with a bass drum rolling in, like distant thunder, foretelling the entrance of a violin solo not so much as lightning but more like a curious wild animal. In lieu of a traditional orchestra, the soloist is backed by a veritable wildlife of flowerpots, wind chimes, triangles, tam-tams, gongs, and more. Primal rhythms support, and sometimes threaten to overpower the wanderings of this melodic animal as it traverses a chromatic scale alien to Western traditions, while the unusual instrumentation transports one to a realm beyond. Now and then, the company of percussion recedes, leaving a clearing of silent space in which one can reflect upon the musings of a musical creature that resonates as both directionless and paradoxically purposeful. Harrison composed the percussion part in 1940, adding the violin part in response to a commission in 1959. Tomás Cotik, Argentinean-born violinist, is the Assistant Professor of violin studies at Portland State University. His repertoire ranges from Baroque to 20th century works. As an active performer, Cotik has played in various chamber groups and currently has a recording duo with pianist Tao Lin. He recently performed works of Astor Piazzolla with the Portland State University String Ensemble. As a renowned educator, Tomás strives to make his students succeed to their full potential. This will be his first time playing works by Lou Harrison, performing the Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra with fellow professor Joel Bluestone and his percussion studio students. -=- Lou Silver Harrison (1917-2003) Lou Harrison was one of the American “West Coast Maverick” school composers who rebelled from Western-European musical tradition and, in Harrison’s case, integrated Eastern musical traditions with modern Western technique. Described asa Renaissance man, Harrison was not limited solely to composing; he wrote poetry, practiced calligraphy, developed computer fonts, worked as a music and dance critic, and advocated joyfully for gay rights. He also was passionate about Buddhism, environmentalism and pacifism. The CeLOUbration Festival was organized and hosted by the Portland State University School of Music and co-sponsored by Cascadia Composers. PSU School of Music: Cascadia Composers: Recorded live on Saturday, June 16 at Lou Harrison Centennial festival evening concert in Lincoln Recital Hall. Video produced by Recorded, mix and edited by Alan Niven.