The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s free Diversity Series entitled “Connect & Celebrate: New Traditions” has its next performance in this series on Thursday, November 19, at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science, located at 411 SE Riverside Drive, beginning at 6:30 PM. The one-hour performance is free and open to the public.
The Eykamp String Quartet members, (Alan Snow, Concertmaster, Jia Rong Gan, Second Violin, Mark Hatlestad Principal Viola, and Graham Cullen, Principal Cello) will perform works by Caroline Shaw; Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges; George Walker; and Ricardo Lorenz during this one-hour event.
The program begins with Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte followed by “String Quartet in G minor, Op. 1, No.5” by Chevalier de Saint-Georges. After a brief intermission the program continues with George Walker’s “String Quartet No. 1,” Molto Adagio and concludes with Ricardo Lorenz’s Puente Trans-Arábico, joined by Ross Erickson, percussion.
Caroline Shaw (born 1982, Greenville, NC) is a New York-based musician—vocalist, violinist, composer, and producer—who performs in solo and collaborative projects. She was the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for Partita for 8 Voices, written for the Grammy winning Roomful of Teeth, of which she is a member.
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (December 25, 1745 – June 12, 1799) was a classical composer, virtuoso violinist, a conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris. Born in the French colony of Guadeloupe, he was the son of George Bologne de Saint-Georges, a wealthy married planter and his wife's African slave. When he was young, his father took him to France, where he was educated. Chevalier de Saint-Georges is best remembered as the first known classical composer of African ancestry. He composed numerous string quartets and other instrumental pieces, as well as operas.
George Walker was born in Washington, D.C. (June 27, 1922 - August 23, 2018) after his father emigrated from Kingston, Jamaica to the United States. His mother, Rosa King, supervised his first piano lessons when he was five years old. He was the first black instrumentalist to be signed by a major management, the National Concert Artists. In 1956, he became the first black recipient of a doctoral degree from Eastman School of Music. As a composer, Walker's music was influenced by a wide variety of musical styles due to his exposure to the music of Chopin, Brahms, Beethoven, jazz, folk songs, and church hymns and in 1996, he became the first black composer to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Music.
Venezuelan-born Ricardo Lorenz (May 24, 1961) has served as Composer-in-Residence in several programs and presenting organizations such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Armonía Musicians Residency Program. Although Ricardo Lorenz has resided in the United States since 1982, he has always maintained close ties with Latin America. His compositions have received praise for their fiery orchestrations, harmonic sophistication, and rhythmic vitality. His works have been performed at prestigious international festivals such as Carnegie Hall’s Sonidos de las Américas. Lorenz’s orchestral compositions have been performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic among others. Lorenz holds a Ph.D. degree in composition from The University of Chicago and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University.