February 23 & 24, 2013
Beethoven and Gill
with Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and
Ching-Yun Hu, Pianist
Celebrate the inspiring legacy of Beethoven! Mendelssohn Club joins forces with Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and world renowned pianist Ching-Yun Hu to honor one of the world’s greatest composers. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the beautiful Beethoven Choral Fantasy and the world-premiere companion commission Before the Wresting Tides by Jeremy Gill, led by Artistic Director Alan Harler. Also featuring Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture and Symphony No. 2 with conductor Jeri Lynne Johnson.
February 23, 2013 at 7:30p
February 24, 2013 at 4:00p
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
3723 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Before the Wresting Tides was commissioned by Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia through the generous support of: the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia Alan Harler New Ventures Fund; Concert Artists Guild through a gift from Lois Lehrman Grass and Martin L. and Lucy Miller Murray; and is supported by the Archie W. and Grace Berry Foundation.
Read a review by the Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns on Ching-Yun Hu’s January 2013 concert at William Way.
To read about Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, see our March 2000 program notes. (Page 2)
Notes from Jeremy Gill about his work Before the Wresting Tides
The title of the piece is “Before the Wresting Tides,” a paraphrase from Hart Crane’s “Ave Maria,” a section in “The Bridge.” Although my setting is of “Voyages II” from his first published collection, “White Buildings,” my piece has become more of a meditation on Crane’s life and work more broadly, and includes musical references to both “The Bridge” and Crane’s last published poem, “The Broken Tower.”Throughout my work, which, as a companion piece to Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, features both the chorus and solo piano as alternating primary “voices,” there are musical depictions of bells (which feature prominently in “The Broken Tower” as well as “Voyages II”), the sea (the location of “Voyages II”), and chant — specifically, “Ave Maria.”As the title of my work suggests, there is an element of “carpe diem” at play in my piece, but also surrounding Crane’s life and work in general — he was a wildly flamboyant character whose excesses ultimately deprived him of the ability to write and led him to commit suicide by leaping into the Atlantic Ocean 10 miles off the coast of Florida while en route to New York City.