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To the Fore

May 6, 2021 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm CDT

In this finale of the North State Symphony’s 20th season, they bring to the spotlight composers and works that have everything from exotic combinations of instruments and orchestral color to unique storylines.  The sampling begins with Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and her Chamber Symphony, a work whose elaborate melodic writing and rich and varied sonorities explore a profound world of “grief, outrage, and bewilderment” (New York Times).  Jennifer Higdon then takes the programmatic reins with her Dark Wood, a work that features principal bassoonist Jarratt Rossini and a dizzy whirlwind of fast-paced chromatic lines competing against an array of rhythmic and percussive elements from the whole ensemble.  Higdon encourages the listener to form their own impressions while being shown the bassoon’s extraordinary sonic versatility that stems from the beauty of its “dark wood”.  The program and our season conclude with the light-hearted suite from the ballet La Revue de Cuisine by Bohuslav Martinu, a witty jazz-inspired toe-tapping comedy with a bizarre story where kitchen utensils come to life in a romantic culinary soap opera.

Date & Time: Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9 PM CT | 7 PM PT

  • CLICK HERE to watch the Pre-Concert Talk on Tuesday, May 4th.
  • CLICK HERE to watch the Concert on Thursday, May 6th.


Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Chamber Symphony, for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano

Jennifer Higdon’s (a BandQuest and ChoralQuest composer) Dark Wood, showcasing NSS Principal Bassoon Jarratt Rossini and a string trio

Bohuslav Martinu’s jazzy La Revue de Cuisine suite from his ballet of the same name, featuring Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Violin, Cello & Piano


May 6, 2021
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm CDT
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