Music of the 21st Century Closing Concert – Gabriela Lena Frank, guest composer
DePauw University Band
Craig Paré, conductor
DePauw Chamber Singers and
DePauw University Chorus
Kristina Boerger and Scott Perkins, conductors
DePauw University Orchestra
Orcenith Smith, conductor
Identity has always been at the center of Gabriela Frank’s music. Born in Berkeley, California, to a mother of Peruvian-Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian-Jewish descent, Frank ardently explores her multicultural heritage through her compositions. Inspired by extensive travel throughout South America and the works of Bela Bartók and Alberto Ginastera, her pieces reflect and refract her studies of Latin-American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology and native musical styles into a western classical framework uniquely her own.
Friday’s gala closing concert includes performances by the DePauw University band, choirs and orchestra. Featured on the program will be Frank’s Requiem for a Magical America, commissioned by Carnegie Hall; the evocative multi-movement choral work Hombre Errante; and Three Latin American Dances for Orchestra, which turns to the harmonies and rhythms of indigenous Latin American dance forms for its inspiration.
Festival Pass: $10
Tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free.