Philadelphia Story

Julia Wolfe

The PRISM Quartet pays homage to the City of Brotherly Love as an international center for music composition through the Philadelphia Student Composers Project, the first-ever collaboration between the composition departments of four major music institutions in Philadelphia. PRISM presents the world premiere performance of a new work by a talented student composer from each school: Elise Arancio (pictured), Curtis Institute of Music; Brendan McMullen, University of Pennsylvania; Gloria Quinn, University of the Arts; and Sepehr Pirasteh, Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance. All four works were commissioned by the Philadelphia Student Composers Project under the direction of Erin Busch with support from the University of Pennsylvania’s Sach’s Program for Arts Innovation.

The program also features three works previously composed for PRISM: Josquin Microludes by David Serkin Ludwig which the composer describes as “a set of miniatures that incorporates Josquin’s Mille Regretz into its musical language, as if channel surfing between ancient music and contemporary sounds.” Cha by Julia Wolfe and dedicated to the memory of her father. Wolfe writes, “My favorite memory is dancing the cha-cha-cha with my father. He would hit the dance floor and take me along with him. The piece takes the cha cha as a starting point and create a joyful deconstruction/exaggeration of the style for the sax quartet.” The program also includes Short Stories, a set of poignant vignettes by PRISM’s friend and long-time collaborator James Primosch (1956-2021), to honor his memory and musical legacy.

This program is presented with support from the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation and PRISM Quartet, Inc.

University of Pennsylvania, Rose Recital Hall
3340 Walnut Street (4th Floor), Philadelphia, PA 19104

December 06, 2021
8 PM

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