In Sequoia, composer Joan Tower describes a concept she calls “balancing”—staying true to herself while living in the sound-world of another composer. Although with its percussive punctuations and textured harmonies Sequoia does not sound like Beethoven in any obvious way, in it there are basic ideas that Tower derived from him. When the work is paired with Beethoven’s monumental and instantly recognizable Fifth Symphony, this concept of “balancing” is brought to life. From giant redwoods we turn to giants of rhythm and blues: Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan, as American jazz violinist Regina Carter pays tribute in The Four Sisters.
David Alan Miller, conductor
Regina Carter, violin
JOAN TOWER Sequoia
DAVID SCHIFF Four Sisters: Concerto for Jazz Violin & Orchestra
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5