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Lara Downes, piano

Quiet Streets, world premiere

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Friday, October 30, 2020 - 7:30pm

Lara Downes is among the foremost American pianists of her generation, a trailblazer on and off-stage whose musical roadmap seeks inspiration from the legacies of history, family, and collective memory.

Join Downes in the world premiere of Quiet Streets, a virtual piano concerto by composer Elena Ruehr. Recorded in Jackson Hall in October 2020, the piece is an ode to our silenced cities during the time of shelter in place, capturing the unexpected beauty and tranquil melancholy of a deserted cityscape.

The piece is performed live by Downes as piano soloist, accompanied by a virtual string orchestra pre-recorded in Surround Sound, and a saxophone heard playing a lonely nocturnal ballad from a fire escape high above the quiet streets.

The evening will also feature selection from Shelter, a suite of pieces Downes recorded in her home during quarantine.

Paul Simon (arr. Noah Luna)     America           
Florence Price                            Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor         Deep River
Daniel Gilliam                            Body At Rest 
Margaret Bonds                         Tangamerican
Michael Shapiro                        Tending 
Leonard Bernstein                    Lucky To Be Me 
Elena Ruehr                               Quiet Streets 
Scott Joplin                                Solace 

Event Info

Friday, October 30, 2020 - 7:30pm
Online

This HomeStage event is available to UC Davis students and Mondavi Center Members. 

Members can find this event in the “Digital Content” section of their Mondavi Center account.

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Individual Support Provided By

  • Mary B. Horton