This is a Celebrity Series at Home digital concert. Streaming live from First Church in Cambridge on Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 pm and available for on demand viewing until Friday, March 11 at 7:00 pm.
Two of today’s premier ensembles join forces in a rare collaboration between string quartet and wind quintet. This spectacular evening of music will include the Boston premiere of a new work by Jessie Montgomery, co-commissioned by Celebrity Series of Boston. Written specifically for these two internationally acclaimed groups, Montgomery’s suite follows the travels of her great-grandfather, Buffalo Soldier Sergeant McCauley, highlighting Montgomery’s deeply personal combination of classical music training and vernacular approach to storytelling.
The program as a whole will be a diverse musical exploration of the concept of migration, with brilliantly re-invigorated works including Mongo Santamaría’s ever-popular jazz standard “Afro Blue;” Florence B. Price’s lush and intricate “Negro Folksongs in Counterpoint,” written for string quartet; and modern great Roberto Sierra’s enduring and technically demanding Concierto de Cámara, written specifically for tonight’s uncommon instrumentation. From the atypical but excellent musical selections, to the presence of two world-class ensembles—both of them highly in-demand concert headliners on their own merits—to the brilliant acoustics and intimacy of the First Church in Cambridge, this chamber music event offers a lot of reasons for excitement.
(im)migration: music of change
Ramón “Mongo” Santamaría: “Afro Blue” (arr. Valerie Coleman)
Florence B. Price: Negro Folksongs in Counterpoint
Jessie Montgomery: “Sergeant McCauley” (Boston premiere)*
Roberto Sierra: Concierto de Cámara
*Co-commissioned by Celebrity Series of Boston
“…it’s easy to understand why the longtime quintet is such a draw… with their dazzling ensemble playing and easy engagement with the audience, the whole is vastly more than the sum of its parts. Two hours of new and unfamiliar music flew by.”THE WASHINGTON POST ON IMANI WINDS
“Like all great chamber groups, the Catalyst Quartet is beautiful to watch, like a family in lively conversation at the dinner table: anticipating, interrupting, changing subjects.”THE NEW YORK TIMES