TRAD. (arr. Nico Muhly) Selection of American folk songs
JANÁČEK (arr. strings) String Quartet No.1 Kreutzer Sonata
TRAD. (arr. Nico Muhly) More American folk songs
JOHN ADAMS Shaker Loops: I. Shaking and trembling
BRACKETT (arr. Pekka Kuusisto) Simple Gifts (Shaker hymn)
JOHN ADAMS Shaker Loops: II. Hymning slews, III. Loops and verses, IV. A final shaking
Pekka Kuusisto Director & Violin
Sam Amidon Voice & Banjo
“We invited Pekka to unleash his imagination and this is the result.”Richard Tognetti
Sex. Adultery. Betrayal. Murder. Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata has it all. And Janáček’s musical rendering of this scandalous tale serves as the thread for this innovative opening to the 2017 season.
Janáček’s Kreutzer Sonata is interwoven with American folk songs, along with John Adams’ redemptive Shaker Loops, with folk musician Sam Amidon joining Pekka Kuusisto for this journey from hell to heaven.
Amidon, whose interpretations of American folksongs have been described as “surreal”, “magical” and “quietly psychedelic”, makes his ACO debut.