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Geographic points characterize the second program—each Locus with its particular flavor and patois. Composer Shawn Okpebholo combines extended techniques with the breathy cadence of the bamboo shakuhachi in the virtuosic solo flute work, On a Poem by Miho Nonaka “Harvard Square,” evoking the poet’s native Japan. Chinese-American composer Chen Yi’s serene Tibetan Tunes for clarinet, cello, and piano draws inspiration from Tibetan folk melodies and dances. Missy Mazzoli brings an affecting and deceptive simplicity to her Still Live with Avalanche for flutes, clarinets, violin, cello, piano, and percussion. Next comes a new work by local rising star Lavell Blackwell, followed by the delightful tongue-and-cheek silliness of Luciano Berio’s Opus Number Zoo, a Radius signature.
SHAWN OKPEBHOLO – On a Poem by Miho Nonaka “Harvard Square” for solo flute (2013)
CHEN YI – Tibetan Tunes for piano trio (2007)
LAVELL BLACKWELL – New Work for oboe, violin, viola and bassoon (2023) – CO-COMMISSION
MISSY MAZZOLI – Still Live with Avalanche for flutes, clarinets, violin, cello, piano and percussion (2008)
LUCIANO BERIO – Opus Number Zoo for wind quintet (1970)
Radius Ensemble’s 2023-2024 concert season – its twenty-fifth – includes music that bridges cultures and spans centuries, with works by seventeen composers, two-thirds women or people of color. The season includes iconic works by masters Stravinsky, Coleridge-Taylor and the Chevalier de Saint-Georges; new classics by Missy Mazzoli, Jennifer Higdon, and Chen Yi; virtuosic solo works by Daniel Bernard Roumain, Shawn Okpebholo and Steve Reich; and old favorites by Luciano Berio and George Crumb. Plus, each concert features a world premiere, including the winner of the thirteenth annual Pappalardo Composition Award, and a commissioned work for the entire ensemble by award-winning Boston composer Elena Ruehr.