Strong Voices: A Century of Unusual Music
The Esperanza Ensemble presents a challenging, stimulating, and exciting concert of works composed within the last 100 years, from Alexander Scriabin's Vers La Flamme (1914) to the premiere of Twin Cities composer Justin E.A. Busch’s Quartet for Flute, Bassoon, Horn, and Doublebass (2014). Paul Hindemith’s Eight Pieces for Solo Flute, Soliloquios No. 2, for solo alto saxophone, by Panamanian composer Roque Cordero (who studied at Hamline University in the 1940s), and Monoceros, for solo horn, by contemporary composer Wolfgang Plagge will showcase Ensemble members Andrea Meyers, Tamir Nolley, and Melanie Ditter. Violist Ellie Fregni and bassoonist Joe Jones will join Meyers for Charles Whittenberg’s spiky and scintillating Trio Divertimento for Flute, Viola, and Bassoon, and Jones and Fregni will be joined by pianist Sophie Kerman in Quasi hoquetus, a typically dramatic piece by the renowned Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina.