One of the most original composers America has ever produced, Lou Harrison successfully integrated traditional musics of Asia into classical music of the West. Having developed a deep knowledge of and reverence for various traditions over his 80 years, Harrison created an enormous body of music that synthesizes the East and West in structure, harmony, and instrumentation. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth, we present Harrison’s Concerto for Piano with Javanese Gamelan and the Suite for Violin with American Gamelan, featuring pianist Sarah Cahill, violinist David Bowlin, and two of the composer’s own gamelans, played by Gamelan Galak Tika under the direction of Evan Ziporyn and Jody Diamond. Also on the program is Diamond’s At Lou’s Table. As choreographer and Harrison’s longtime friend Mark Morris put it, “You either love Lou’s music, or you haven’t heard it yet.”
$33–$45, CMA members $30–$40.