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Watch: Pekka on Folk Music

Posted on 20 Jan 2017 by Leo Messias

Throughout time, some of the world's finest composers, such as Haydn, Béla Bartók and Janáček, expressed great interest in folk music. For our 2017 season opener, classical music meets folk again as Pekka Kuusisto and Sam Amidon perform a program that skilfully intertwines Janáček’s Kreutzer Sonata with American traditional folk songs.

Ahead of the tour, Pekka Kuusisto gave us a little taster of what to expect for Murder & Redemption - and revealed how a folk song by Sam Amidon inspired him.


MURDER & REDEMPTION
2 - 14 February 2017
Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney.

ARTISTS
Pekka Kuusisto
 Director & Violin
Sam Amidon Voice & Banjo

PROGRAM

TRAD. (arr. Muhly) Kedron
JANÁČEK (arr. strings) String Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’: I. Adagio con moto
TRAD. (arr. Muhly) Way Go Lily
JANÁČEK (arr. strings) String Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’: II. Con moto
TRAD. (arr. Muhly) Wild Bill Jones
JANÁČEK (arr. strings) String Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’: III. Con moto – Vivace – Andante – Tempo I
TRAD. (arr. Muhly) How Come That Blood
JANÁČEK (arr. strings) String Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’: IV. Con moto
TRAD. The Redemption Set
ADAMS, John Shaker Loops: I. Shaking and trembling
BRACKETT Traditional Shaker hymn: Simple Gifts
ADAMS, John Shaker Loops: II. Hymning slews, III. Loops and verses, IV. A final shaking

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