Toshio Hosokawa Portrait Concert
David Milnes, director
Kyoko Kawamura, koto
UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus
Wei Cheng, director
Singing Trees (Requiem for Toru Takemitsu)
Somon-ka (US Premiere)
Praised by the New York Times as a “dream team of local musicians who embody a high point in the Bay Area’s vibrant contemporary music scene,” UC Berkeley’s stellar ensemble-in-residence specializes in precise and passionate performances of works by living composers. The group is directed by new-music champion and music department faculty member David Milnes and comprises talented performers from across the region.
This season’s Cal Performances concert showcases the music of Toshio Hosokawa, among Japan’s pre-eminent living composers, who will be a guest of the music department in February 2022 as the distinguished Bloch Lecturer. The program features the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, led by Wei Cheng, and acclaimed koto player Kyoko Kawamura in a selection of works that reflect the composer’s interest in traditional Japanese arts such as calligraphy and gagaku as sources of musical inspiration.
“It’s difficult to imagine any group giving a better performance than that of the Eco Ensemble” (San Francisco Classical Voice).
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