Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival - TASTING MUSIC 1 — STEVE REICH, DIFFERENT TRAINS

  • 06 Jun 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Charles Smith Wines - 35 South Spokane Street Walla Walla, WA, 99362


The 2016 Tasting Music Series focuses on the medium of the string quartet. Perhaps no combination in chamber music is as diverse or expressive. This four-pack of quartets shows the breadth of expression possible when you take two violins, a viola and a cello and shake them all up.

Monday, June 6, 2016

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Charles Smith Wines - 35 South Spokane Street Walla Walla, WA, 99362

Steve Reich (b. 1936)
Different Trains (1988)
1   America — Before the war
2   Europe — During the war
3   After the war

The 2016 Tasting Music Series begins with a minimalist multimedia masterpiece by American composer, Steve Reich. His work, Different Trains for string quartet and tape, explores his childhood riding the rails between New York and Los Angeles. When his parents separated, the young Reich traveled with his nanny back and forth across the country from 1939 to 1942. As a Jew, Reich realized much later in life that had he been living in Europe during that time, he would have been riding a very different train.

Through minimalist techniques and the innovative exploration of speech melody, Reich conceived an incredibly moving score that feels like documentary on one hand and a very personal statement on the other. Tonight’s event will explore minimalism in music, and how a work inherently tied to recorded media can feel alive and resonant. The modern space at Charles Smith Wines provides the perfect setting to take this journey through time and sound.

Artists: Timothy Christie, viola; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Christina McGann, violin; andStephen Miahky, violin.

Commentary: Timothy Christie

Doors open at 5:00pm

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