Unitas Ensemble & Boston String Academy Stringfest

featuring new works by Amir Bitran & Paul Desenne
Roxbury Community College Theatre

Reservation details to be announced.

Young musicians from Boston String Academy take the stage at Roxbury Community College alongside Unitas Ensemble, whose founder and artistic director Lina González-Granados makes debuts in 2021-22 with the San Francisco Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.

The program is anchored by two world premieres in our 2022 Solo(s) Together commissioning project: composers Amir Bitran and Paul Desenne will create to-be-announced works for four instrumentalists with short solos for each of the performers and a conclusion that brings them all together.  

Composer and biophysicist Amir Bitran sees inspiration just about everywhere to create his compositions: his multicultural, multilingual Jewish and Latin American upbringing; rock and pop artists like Green Day and Queen; international folk traditions; the natural world; and the inner workings of cells, notably DNA and protein-folding processes.

Cellist and composer Paul Desenne threads together Latin American influences heard in his native Venezuela and beyond with global and academic inspirations from his time in Paris: he creates a lush, rhythmic world of sound. 


Amir Bitran
     I. Embryogenesis (Quartet)
     II. Gradients (violin I solo)
     III. Mitotic Waves (cello solo)
     IV. Gastrulation (viola solo)
     V. Instability (violin II solo)
     VI. Embryogenesis (Quartet reprise)

Paul Desenne
"La Petite Bande à Schubert"
     Introduction (strings)
     Spaghetti Western (violin I solo)
     Cantilena (violin II solo)
     Guasa (cello solo)
     Tango (viola solo)


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Roxbury Community College Theatre Information

This performance is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series' LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Innovation Funds.

Support for this performance is provided by these generous Neighborhood Arts funders.