Cool Music - Clear Water
Ramteen Sazegari • Lattice for Flute and Guitar WORLD PREMIERE
Toru Takemitsu • Toward the Sea
Claude Debussy • Reflets dans l’eau (Reflections on Water) from Images
Claude Debussy • L’isle joyeuse (Island of Joy)
Eun Young Lee • Isa for Flute, Cello, and Piano WORLD PREMIERE
George Crumb • Vox balaenae (Voice of the Whale) for Three Masked Players
George Crumb’s evocative masterpiece, Voice of the Whale, explores the ocean, nature, and time; Left Coast has commissioned emerging composer Eun Young Lee to write a companion piece to the Crumb. Water-themed selections from Debussy’s Images complement Toru Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea, an overtly political and philosophical piece Takemitsu wrote as a contribution to Greenpeace, protesting the hunting of endangered whales. The composer viewed the sea as a "spiritual domain" and cited Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick:
"Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries...and he will infallibly lead you to water...Yes, as everyone knows, meditation and water are wedded together."
These performances are made possible in part by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation. The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and the Board of Directors also wish to thank an anonymous donor for their generous sponsorship of this concert in celebration of the 20th season.