The Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
£15, £5 students
Anna Dennis soprano
Paul Carey Jones baritone
Stephan Meier conductor
Katherine Balch New Geometry
Julian Anderson Tombeau, Sound Investment commission
Julian Anderson Nunca vi Granada, World Premiere, Sound Investment commission
Carter What Are Years for soprano and chamber ensemble. Five Poems of Marianne Moore
Carter The American Sublime for baritone and ensemble, texts by Wallace Stevens UK premiere, supported by the Amphion Foundation
George Lewis Breaking, Sound Investment co-commission, UK premiere supported by Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.
BCMG presents three great American composers, and one of our favourite locals, with music discussing the American Dream, the media built around it, and in turn a failed utopia.
'The American Dream', coined in the 1930s, was the belief that anyone, regardless of background, can be a limitless success. In reality, this idea fast became a way for companies to sell products to hopefuls who were desperate for the unattainable lifestyle promised to them.
Hear the new piece Breaking by George Lewis where he renders long exposure photography into music, inspired by renowned North American photographer and artist Stan Douglas. Stan Douglas’s work examines our modern world and the obsolete dreams and technologies that surround us.
Art inspires art, and at BCMG we believe in combining our senses for new experiences, expect to see a very special merchandise drop around this wonderful event.