Lara Downes, pianist
Clarice Assad, composer and vocals
Britton-René Collins, percussionist
World of Change is an extended suite of pieces by Clarice Assad for pianist Lara Downes, reflecting on global transformation, disruption and destruction, renewal and rebirth. As we navigate a changed World, how do we reimagine the nature of time and space, of human relationships, and our residence on this planet? This full-length program also features Promises To Keep, a suite of new solo piano miniatures written by a variety of composers for Lara Downes and inspired by the vision of internal promise and change.
Downes has been a steady fixture on Mondavi Center stages, an artist who “combines exquisite musicality with an acute awareness of how an artist can make a positive and lasting social impact.” (The Piano) Clarice Assad is a Grammy-nominated composer, celebrated pianist, inventive vocalist and educator renowned for evocative colors, rich textures and diverse stylistic range.
Co-commissioned by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland and the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis