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New Worlds – Orchestra Lumos
October 16, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
There could be no more fitting way to launch Orchestra Lumos than with Dvorak’s celebrated ninth symphony, From the New World, as we indeed step into a new world of music-making for all of Fairfield County. This symphony is achingly nostalgic for Dvorak’s native Bohemian roots, and yet contains the soulful melody later adapted as the popular song Goin’ Home, often mistaken for a spiritual. Puerto Rican composer Ivan Enrique Rodriguez describes his orchestral fantasy Luminis as “the encirclement of light by darkness.” Completing the program, the outstanding American pianist Awadagin Pratt plays a new dance-inspired work by Jessie Montgomery, Rounds for Piano and String Orchestra.
Michael Stern, conductor
Awadagin Pratt, piano