Online — planned for January 2021

Musical Offerings for Human Rights

Noting that the United Nations “Human Rights Day” of a few weeks ago needs to be a continuing observance, Da Capo Chamber Players announces an upcoming online Musical Offerings for Human Rights,  featuring works by Chinary Ung and Chou Wen-chung from our GLOBAL AMERICAN CHAMBER MUSIC program last season. Chinary Ung will speak about his quartet, Child Song, preserving and honoring Cambodian song in a time when it was forbidden.  

Musical Offerings for Human Rights preview – a flute piece that’s an example of building a musical bridge between cultures:  

Shirish Korde, Tenderness of Cranes  (1990) – solo flute with amplified piano resonance; Patricia Spencer, flute


Inspired by Japanese shakuhachi timbres and by the shakuhachi composition Tsuru No Sugamori, Tenderness of Cranes weaves back and forth between two musical cultures. One hears the cultural exchange both on the surface of the piece—in the air sounds and sliding pitches borrowed from the shakuhachi—and at the structural level:  the goal-oriented, densely-structured "western" sections are a sharp contrast to the meditative, cyclical repetitions of the shakuhachi stanzas.  Further, the piece draws on the Zen notion of "breath rhythm", a concept which derives from the history of the shakuhachi and its use in breathing meditations as religious exercises.  The resulting elastic length of a phrase—related to the length of a single breath of the performer—plays a significant role in the rhythm of this piece.



Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 8pm


Merkin Concert Hall Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street, NYC

Eminent composers with whom Da Capo has worked closely for decades will be juxtaposed with young, budding talents and recent discoveries. Featuring works by Elliott Carter, George Perle, and younger composers
Amy Williams, Kate Soper, and Lei Liang.

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