November 25, 2015
Solo Spotlight: Inspired From Silence
Monday November 30th sees the first Solo Spotlight concert of the 2015-2016 season. Solo Spotlights feature one or two NWS Fellows in programs they design themselves. In October, after reviewing Fellows’ proposals for concert ideas, three programs were selected for the season. The concerts are free, ticketed events, taking place at 7:00pm in the SunTrust Pavilion.
We asked Julia to share her thoughts on the works that will be performed.
"Monday evening's program, "Inspired from Silence", will explore the connections between composers and their inspiration from silence. It will feature three pieces beginning with Dvořák's Silent Woods, a touchingly beautiful piece inspired by his native Bohemian woods.
"Coming from a very different type of silence, Beethoven's deafness drove him to despair, isolation, and almost suicide. However, from it all he emerged in his late period with masterworks such as the final cello sonata, the second piece on the program.
"Brahms was literally inspired from a self-imposed silence - his 1890 retirement from composing. However, for reasons you will learn on Monday evening, he was inspired to write some of his best and enduring works including the Clarinet Trio, Op. 114 which will conclude the evening."
Watch the program via live stream tonight starting at 7 p.m.