Ashberyana: A Musical Celebration of Poet John Ashbery

April 30, 2019
1533 Sul Ross Street | Houston, TX 77006
Phone: (713) 524-5050
Times: 7:30 PM
Admission: $60
Area of Town: Montrose

John Zorn: Girls on the RunJoan Tower: Holding a Daisy and Or like a…an Engine Josquin des Prez/Charles Wuorinen: Josquiniana for string quartetErik Satie: Three Distinguished Waltzes of a Jaded DandyCharles Wuorinen: AshberyanaReadings from the work of John AshberyJulia Fox, soprano; Daniel Belcher, baritone; Brentano String Quartet (Mark Steinberg, violin; Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory, viola; Nina Lee, cello); James Pugh, trombone; Sarah Rothenberg, piano; Matthew Strauss, percussion; Jeff Milarsky, conductor Da Camera joins forces with renowned American composers and musicians to celebrate John Ashbery’s legacy with works that reflect his playfulness, wit and humor. The greatest American poet of his generation, Ashbery visited Houston for a Da Camera concert during Sarah Rothenberg’s first season as artistic director. Joan Tower’s Holding a Daisy was written for Rothenberg, as was Charles Wuorinen’s Ashberyana, recorded by Da Camera for Naxos. “bright, vibrant baritone … an uncommonly wide range which encompassed some astonishingly easy, ringing high phrases.” – Opera Today on Daniel Belcher “It is a remarkable achievement when music as abstract as this can grab and not let go of the listener’s attention. …Ashberyana… is a striking work” – American Record Guide