Spring Seas features two commissions from Kyo-Shin-An Arts and one from the UK. The first is the world premiere of Shakuhachi Concerto by Paul Moravec (Pulitzer Prize 2004). The concerto is in three movements and the third movement is based on the six-note melody, C-D-G-A-E-F, which William Shakespeare spelled out in his comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost.
The second commission is a concerto grosso by James Nyoraku Schlefer and the third premiere ‘skies now are skies’ is an exquisite setting of words by e. e. cummings, D.H. Lawrence and from The Song of Solomon by Britten expert and leading British composer David Mathews.
Paul Moravec: Shakuhachi Concerto – World premiere
James Nyoraku Schlefer: Concertante for shakuhachi, koto, violin and cello – World premiere
David Matthews: skies now are skies – World premiere
Simon Wall: tenor
James Nyoraku Schlefer: shakuhachi
Mieko Miyazaki: koto
David Le Page: violin
Nick Stringfellow: cello
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In partnership with Stratford-upon-Avon Arts Festival
24 May – 2 June 2013
Stratford-upon-Avon Arts Festival presents world class performers and artists to a town steeped in history, culture and a desire to be recognised as such. A festival based on quality acts and works from the world of music, theatre, dance, comedy, visual arts and film. A festival for the people of Stratford upon Avon, its businesses and for our welcome guests. An inclusive festival for a culturally rich community.