20 new multicultural/folk music-inspired works by 2020
We begin our 10th Anniversary season entering the homestretch of our innovative and groundbreaking commissioning project. Since the launch of 20x2020 in 2014, the project’s commissions have been featured on radio and media stations across the country, from Houston Public Media to American Public Media’s nationally-syndicated radio program, Performance Today. They have reached a total audience of approximately 12 million, through radio/ television broadcasts and live performances in concert halls, schools, colleges, airports, and hospitals in the Houston region and beyond. A memorable experience was recording Imágenes de Cuba (20x2020 No. 7) by composer Arthur Gottschalk in Cuba this past January 2017. (Click here for CubaTV feature.)
This season’s commissions promise to forge new territory in our quest to connect classical and folk traditions. Indian composer Chitravina N. Ravikiran (20x2020 No. 12) has earned world-wide acclaim for his revolutionary approach in fusing Indian classical and Western music. His system of Melharmony has the potential to be a powerful unifier of humanity, and it has drawn hundreds of thousands to his concerts. Ukrainian-American composer Virko Baley (20x2020 No. 13), Distinguished Professor of Composition at University of Nevada, has a storied career both in the U.S. and abroad, and he proudly infuses his works with his cultural heritage. Composer Vũ Nhât Tân (20x2020 No. 14) represents a new generation of Vietnamese composers, leading the way by venturing into electronic soundscapes while honoring the deep musical traditions of his country. We are proud of each of our 20x2020 composers, and we are equally pleased to feature music by past project composers Erberk Eryılmaz (20x2020 No. 3) and Alexandra du Bois (20x2020 No. 6) this season.
The new works of art created by these composers promise not only to entertain and delight, but to illuminate our individual and shared cultural heritage in meaningful ways.
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➤ Collaborative possibilities on composer/theme; Exclusive naming rights
➤ Invitation to private dinner with Apollo artists and composer
➤ Autographed copy of manuscript
➤ Complimentary season ticket
"Apollo's fabulous - inspiring and full of the future in their playing." -Libby Larsen
Click here for the world premiere performance of Libby Larsen's Sorrow Song and Jubilee, Apollo's inaugural 20x2020 commission.
"These new pieces jive with Apollo's aim of making chamber music accessible through programs that explore specific themes."
-Chamber Music America (Fall 2016)
(as of May 2017) Click on titles for concert audio/video
•20x2020 No. 1: Sorrow Song and Jubilee | Libby Larsen
Inspired by African-American spirituals and the Czech composer Dvořák
•20x2020 No. 2: Splash of Indigo | Marty Regan
Intersects Japanese folk and French Impressionist music
•20x2020 No. 3: Thracian Airs of Besime Sultan | Erberk Eryilmaz
Based on folk music from Turkey, Romania, Greece, and Macedonia
•20x2020 No. 4: Three Goat Blues | Gilad Cohen
Fusion of Jewish Provencale folk with American jazz/blues (HPM interview.)
•20x2020 No. 5: String Quartet No. 2 TEXAS | Arthur Hernandez
Explores indigenous Texas and Mexican folk music
•20x2020 No. 6: String Quartet No. 4, Obala More | Alexandra du Bois
Inspired by Croatian and Yugoslav folk music (Houston Public Media interview.)
•20x2020 No. 7: Imágenes de Cuba | Arthur Gottschalk
Based on folk songs and rhythms of Cuba (Houston Chronicle feature.) Feature on CubaTV in Havana.
•20x2020 No. 8a: Piano Quintet No. 1, Aleppo | Malek Jandali
Inspired by Syrian/Persian folk traditions (Houston Public Media interview.)
•20x2020 No. 8b: Syrian String Quartet | Malek Jandali
World Premiere at Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall), Feb. 5, 2017
•20x2020 No. 9: Four Dreams for string quartet | Christopher Walczak
Based on Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime (Houston PM feature.)
•20x2020 No. 10: Andean Suite, for string quartet & guitar | Javier Farias
Explores Peruvian, Argentinean, Bolivian and Chilean folk dances (Houston Public Media feature.)
•20x2020 No. 11: What is the Word, string quartet plus digital playback | Christopher Theofanidis and Mark Wingate
(HPM: New Music + Local Philanthropy + Irish Heritage = World Premiere)
*Upcoming World Premieres* Click here for concert info.
•20x2020 No. 12: Cosmic Knowledge and Caprice | Chitravina N. Ravikiran
For string quintet and chitravina, based on Indian ragas and Melharmony
•20x2020 No. 13: Piano Quintet | Virko Baley
Inspired by music of the Ukraine and ethnic Tatars
•20x2020 No. 14: String Quartet plus dan bau | Vũ Nhât Tân
Vietnamese-inspired work featuring world renowned dan bau musician Vanessa Vo.