When: Thu., March 27, 8 p.m. 2014
With more than 500 works, 50 albums and a Grammy under her belt, it’s no surprise that Libby Larsen is one of the most performed living composers of our time. Larsen enriches the American landscape through vibrant motifs, and her nomadic inspirations — which range from Baroque to boogie — reflect our nation’s diverse culture. Monk’s Oboe, Larsen’s most recent work, is a jazz-influenced tribute to the great Thelonious Monk that’s orchestrated for oboe and string quartet. Tonight’s world premiere features Blair’s own faculty members: Jared Hauser on oboe, Carolyn Huebl and Cornelia Heard on violin, Kathryn Plummer on viola and Felix Wang on cello. Following the premiere are two Schumann pieces led by guest pianist Sergei Kvitko. Three Romances Op. 94 pairs Kvitko and Hauser for one of the Romantic Era’s most intimate portraits of the oboe, and Fantasiestücke Op. 73 explores the emotional gamut from heart-wrenching melancholy to a spirited conclusion.