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Sounds Unknown (Pasadena)

  • Barrett Hall, Pasadena Conservatory of Music 100 North Hill Avenue Pasadena, CA, 91106 United States (map)

What prevents so many composers from achieving well-deserved fame? Back by popular demand, Salastina’s Sounds Unknown explores a few of the many pieces that make you wonder.

Artistic Partner and Resident Host Brian Lauritzen has built a program around the idea of the Sound of America. When Antonín Dvořák, a famous Czech nationalist composer, arrived in 19th century America to help us create an "American Sound," he recused himself, proclaiming matter-of-factly that it was already here.

This concert explores America's musical voice from the moment of Dvořák's declaration to the present. 

Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American” - i. Allegro ma non troppo
Harry Thacker Burleigh: Southland Sketches - iii. Allegretto grazioso
Frederick C. Tillis: Spiritual Fantasy - Wade in the Water
Rhiannon Giddens: At the Purchaser’s Option
Derek Bermel: String Quartet
Julia Wolfe: my lips from speaking - iii


Shelley Washington: Middleground
Caroline Shaw: To the Hands

Maia Jasper White and Kevin Kumar, co-directors/violins
Meredith Crawford, resident viola
Yoshika Masuda, resident cello
HyeJin Kim, resident piano
Chris Kollgaard, guest double bass
Brian Lauritzen, resident host

Please note that tickets are $40 at the door. Click below for $32 advance purchase tickets.

Earlier Event: October 7
Sounds Mysterious (Westside)
Later Event: November 11
Sounds Unknown (Westside)