Jayce Ogren, conductor M|M Joanna MacGregor, piano M|M
MESSIAEN: Le merle noir JONATHAN HARVEY: Bird Concerto with Pianosong (North American premiere) SCHUBERT: Octet
Le merle noir was among Olivier Messiaen’s first explorations of birdsong, and Jonathan Harvey’s absorbing Bird Concerto with Pianosong uses electronics to mix birdsong with live instruments, performed here by Joanna MacGregor, for whom the work was written. The centerpiece of the program, Schubert’s masterful Octet, is a chamber-music symphony filled with lyrical lines worthy of the birds that have inspired so many melodies.
Performance begins promptly at its scheduled time. There is no late seating.
This performance is approximately one hour and 55 minutes long, with one intermission.
“Birds are our desire for light, for stars, for rainbows, and for jubilant songs.” —Olivier Messiaen