Haiti Alive highlights different intersections between Haitian folk music and the classical and jazz musical traditions. Opening with a demonstration of Haitian style bamboula drumming, the concert continues with a Purchase student jazz combo, joined by violist and composer Rudy Perrault, playing an original set based on Haitian folk themes and themes drawn from the music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk, a 19th-century American composer for whom the music of Haiti was a major source of inspiration. Following the drums and jazz, two dance soloists from the Conservatory of Dance will perform George Balanchine’s Tarantella with Gottschalk’s score performed by piano soloist Steven Mayer, and the Purchase Symphony Orchestra.
Haitian-American composer Rudy Perrault’s music will then be presented by a string quartet (two movements from his Zombie quartet); and the Purchase Symphony Orchestra (Exodus).
The Orchestra will conclude its set with the Gottschalk’s “Night in the Tropics”. The concert will conclude with the world premiere of a complete solo piano transcription of “Night in the Tropics”, written and performed by Steven Mayer.
Mina Kim, Conductor
Steven Mayer, Piano
Choreography by George Balanchine
Staged by Bettijane Sills
Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Grande Tarantelle, Op. 67
Gottschalk/Mayer: Symphony No. 1 “La Nuit des tropiques” (Solo Piano Transcription)
Gottschalk: Symphony No.1 “La Nuit des tropiques”; Movement II (Orchestra)
Jean “Rudy” Perrault: Exodus
Jazz set based on themes by Gottschalk, Ludovic Lamothe, and Justin Elie