López-Gómez Returns with Tower, Ravel & Mussorgsky
Celebrated Venezuelan conductor Manuel López-Gómez, one of the most remarkable talents to emerge from Venezuela's El Sistema music education program, returns to The Clarice for a remarkable blend of repertoire by Joan Tower, Maurice Ravel and Modest Mussorgsky. Tower’s Made in America depicts an internal struggle between dissonant musical ideas and the piece’s anchoring theme: America the Beautiful. Through this meditation for orchestra, Tower responds to the question of how to keep America beautiful.
The program continues with Ravel’s impressionist ballet score Daphnis et Chloé, which paints the love story between two shepherds in ancient Greece. Closing this performance is Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a collection of vivid vignettes that journey through 10 colorful paintings—from an old castle to a bustling marketplace.
Tower: Made in America
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No.2
Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition
This event is part of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F), a program of The Clarice at the University of Maryland. NOI+F trains aspiring orchestral musicians, composers, conductors and arts administrators from across the country in a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration. Trailblazing conductor Marin Alsop was appointed as the first-ever Music Director of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival in 2020. In addition to conducting innovative programs onstage at The Clarice and at Wolf Trap, Maestra Alsop launched the NOI+F Conducting Academy for rising young conductors in 2021. In 2015, NOI+F began a partnership with Naxos to record one concert of all-American music each year—Naxos’ first partnership with a summer festival of its kind. The 2019 recording “Ruggles, Stucky, Harbison” received a Grammy nomination in the "Best Orchestral Performance" category.
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