True Concord: From the Edge to Hope
March 31, 2022
In collaboration with True Concord Voices and Orchestra, Classical Arizona PBS brings you a stunning performance featuring Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and the world premiere of Jake Runestad’s “Earth Symphony.”
The past year and a half have exposed many issues that humans are dealing with, but composer Jake Runestad asks, “What is the most pressing, most urgent issue of our time? Climate change.” To tackle this, Runestad and poet Todd Boss approach the issue of climate change through the voice of Mother Earth. We are her children; of her but hurting her. The work takes us into her thoughts as she expresses pride in her children’s accomplishments, growth and creation of art. But the smoke-filled heavens, melting ice, rising seas and flooded cities are showing us what we are doing to her.
“Earth Symphony” is coupled with the popular environmental masterwork, Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” Composed about 300 years ago, Antonio Vivaldi created what has become perhaps the most popular environment-themed work of all time. This unique spotlight on the orchestra of True Concord, highlights not one but three violin soloists from this talented ensemble. Let True Concord’s soloists inspire you in this celebration of Earth’s beauty!
The program also includes music from around the globe that speaks to the need for our care of the world, and the hope for renewal through the universal language of music.