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Ēriks Ešenvalds "The Pleiades" (19/06/2018)

New work by Ēriks Ešenvalds "The Pleiades" will be premiered during the 2018 season of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. Commissioned by the festival, the work will be performed by the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, conductor Carlos Kalmar, and chorus director Christopher Bell at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park on both 20 and 22 June. On 21 June, Ēriks will take part in the panel discussion of the 2018 Chorus America Conference.

Ēriks writes about his new work: ‘The Pleiades star cluster has triggered the imagination of people for centuries and gave me an excellent subject. Clearly visible to the naked eye, the Pleiades can be seen in almost every part of the world at some time during the year. Important as a practical navigational marker in ancient times, especially for sailors, the seven brightest stars have a huge significance when it comes to cultural identity ...’

The Pleiades is just under 30 minutes long and is scored for woodwinds, horns, trumpets, trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings, and chorus. It combines, amongst others, Inuit and Nez Perce myths, a Pawnee song, and a Zuni tune.

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