Hear musical stories of struggle and inspiration at Symphony Tacoma’s Classics V: From the Mountaintop to the River. Clarinetist Anthony McGill is the guest soloist for
Hear musical stories of struggle and inspiration at Symphony Tacoma’s Classics V: From the Mountaintop to the River. Clarinetist Anthony McGill is the guest soloist for the concert on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 7:30 pm in the Pantages Theater.
Composer Richard Danielpour found inspiration in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and the final speech he delivered before his death for From the Mountaintop. The work is filled with the vivid sadness and happiness, prayerfulness, joy and pain felt during the Civil Rights Movement as well as by victims of injustice around the world. Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic—and the orchestra’s first African-American principal player—is the guest soloist. Hailed by The New York Times for his brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character, McGill is also an ardent advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in classical music. Danielpour imagined the clarinet as a minister and the orchestra his congregation, incorporating numerous call and response phrases to tell the story.
Vivian Fung’s Prayer will open the program. Inspired by a chant from composer Hildegard von Bingen, this piece is Fung’s commentary on the extraordinary conditions she faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Closing out the program will be Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 Rhenish. Criticized in his earlier orchestral works for clumsy handling of the orchestra, his third symphony silenced his critics and demonstrated his brilliance as a composer.
Tickets on sale now through the Symphony Tacoma Box Office. Prices range from $24 to $85. To purchase tickets, visit symphonytacoma.org or call 253-272-7264.