Nocturnes: Nightfall Illuminated
Alisa Rose, violin; Amy Zanrosso, piano
with special guest Ian Scarfe, piano
Aaron Copland Nocturne for violin and piano (1926)
John Cage Nocturne for violin and piano (1947)
Nicolai Medtner Nocturne No. 1, Op. 16 in D minor (1907)
Frédéric Chopin Nocturne in B major, Op. 32, No. 1 (1837)
Maurice Ravel Rapsodie Espagnole for four hand piano (1907)
George Crumb Four Nocturnes (Night Music II) (1963)
Claus Ogerman Nightwings (1977)
Alisa Rose Nocturne for America (2017)
Karol Szymanowski Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28, No. 2 (1915)
Alfred Schnittke Stille Nacht (1978)
Nocturnes: Nightfall Illuminated will explore music that is inspired by, or evocative of the night. From John Field to today, composers have turned to the nocturne as a way to express nightfall and its ensuing darkness as a soundscape. Nocturnes: Nightfall Illuminated features ten nocturnes written by various composers over a span of 175 years which explore a full range of moods – dark and foreboding (Schnittke), calm and pensive (Cage), swirling and dreamy (Ravel) as well as euphoric and wildly energetic (Szymanowski). The RossoRose duo, pianist Amy Zanrosso and violinist Alisa Rose, are joined on stage by Trinity Arts Festival director and pianist Ian Scarfe. RossoRose are two expressive and powerful musicians intent on exploring what it means to be a piano and violin duo making music in the 21st century. The concert includes the premiere performance of Rose’s new work, Nocturne for America. Commissioned through the grant program of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, Nocturne for America is Rose’s take on the current political situation in which the nation finds itself. Rose’s style as a composer incorporates American roots music elements into modern narrative classical settings. Another highlight of the program will be Scarfe and Zanrosso joining forces to perform the 4-hand piano version of Maurice Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole. An impressionistic vision of nights in Spain, the music moves between atmospheric night music and various evocative Spanish festivities, including two characteristic dances, the Malagueña and the Habanera.
Nocturnes: Nightfall Illuminated is made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.