The Amarillo Symphony performance of “La Mer” with guest artist Alexi Kenney promises to be a wonderful and inspiring program, according to Maestro Jacomo Bairos, music director.
“It’s been a dream of mine to do,” Bairos said, calling “La Mer” “quite a miracle of music”.
La Mer runs March 23-24 at 7:30 pm at the Globe-News Center for Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.
Bairos said that many composers have used the ocean as an inspiration in their music and La Mer brings together composers Claude Debussy and Benjamin Britten, who are both unique and interesting in their approach to portraying the ocean through their music compositions
The conductor said that he holds “La Mer “dear as it was the first program he conducted while studying for his master’s class. He said that he worked under a professor who was an expert and specialized in the music of the French composers, including Debussy.
Programmatically, Bairos said, two composers work well together for thematic content, and it makes sense because they both have such a different “sound world” to describe the same thing, the ocean. Many composers have chosen the ocean for musical inspiration because of the different elements associated with the ocean including the calmness, the action, waves, tumult and violence, according to Bairos.
The works of Debussy’s “La Mer” and Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes” work beautifully together in this program because there is a lot of imagery and context to their music Bairos said.
Debussy was ahead of his time, almost avant garde and colorful — he was a genius of a French composer, and there was no other like him, Bairos said.
Britten was emotional in his compositions but also very black and white. Bairos said that he created a very certain sound world, very Brittish.
“La Mer” shows off the virtuosity of our orchestra,” Bairos said. He noted that it also illustrates the diversity of composers’ “sound world” in classical music.
The conductor is excited to work with guest artist Alexi Kenney, who will be performing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. He is a “rising, young all-star in the music world and violin world” Bairos said.
Kenney, who Bairos said he has always wanted to work with, is known for transcribing unique composers for violin and also for playing new music from composers.
For more information and tickets visit amarillosymphony.org.