HARRIS THEATER, CHICAGO
AUGUSTA READ THOMAS Composer
“[Thomas] is without question one of the best and most important
composers that this country has today.”
(music critic Edward Reichel)
Explore the meditative and profound sounds of the ringing earth when the Chicago Philharmonic unites with 2017 Grammy award-winning Third Coast Percussion and composer Augusta Read Thomas for the world premiere of the immersive Sonorous Earth. Inspired by her 2012 composition Resounding Earth with the groundbreaking Chicago percussion ensemble, the piece is described as “extraordinarily singular” and heavily featured is Thomas’ trademark use of bells.
“Bells can be used to celebrate grand occasions, hold sacrificial rites, keep a record of events, give the correct time, celebrate births and weddings, mark funerals, caution a community, enhance any number of religious ceremonies, and are even hung around the necks of animals. As carriers of history and culture, of numerous shapes, sizes, types, decorative patterns, and of diverse weights, functions, and cultural connotations, bells enrapture and inspire.”
(Augusta Read Thomas)
For more information on Sonorous Earth and the development of this project, go to the New Music USA link here.
Accompanying the new work is a piece from another ground-breaking female composer, Joan Tower’s fifth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman. The final of five compositions in the series, this fanfare is an ode to risk-taking and adventurous women across the world, written by a composer who herself paved the way for women to find their musical voice.
Rounding out the program is the exhilarating Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter), Mozart’s last symphony. Powerful, uplifting and transcendent, much like the Roman god from which it got its nickname, the Jupiter, provides a magnificent finale in celebration of our rich universe.
The Chicago Philharmonic is a proud resident company of the Harris Theater.