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Mondavi Center Presents

Lara Downes and The Miró Quartet

Here On Earth

Lara Downes poses in the middle of the Miro Quartet, who are dressed in blue holding instruments
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A new collaboration between pianist Lara Downes and the Miró Quartet, one of America’s most celebrated chamber ensembles.

Here On Earth features musical depictions of our planet earth, its evolution, and the lives of its inhabitants, expressed through music that spans centuries, from Haydn’s Sunrise Quartet to Darius Milhaud’s La Création du Monde (composed in 1923) and Clarice Assad’s A World Of Change, newly commissioned in 2023.

The concert begins with Jake Heggie’s Earthrise, reflecting on the fragility of our tiny blue planet from the perspective of the iconic photograph taken from lunar orbit during the 1968 Apollo 8 mission. Traveling through time and space, the program telescopes in to celebrate the beauties of the natural world, and explore our always-changing relationship to this changing earth that is our home.

Run Time: 1 hour and 15min with no intermission

Program List

  • String Quartet No. 63 in Bb/Sunrise Quartet – Mvmt 1

    Joseph Haydn

  • My Lord, What A Morning

    H.T. Burleigh

  • Earthrise

    Jake Heggie

  • A World of Change

    Clarice Assad

  • String Quartet No. 8 in e, Op. 59, #2 – Mvmt 2

    L.V. Beethoven

  • Under the Stars

    Amy Beach

  • Deep River

    H.T. Burleigh

  • Troubled Water

    Margaret Bonds

  • La Création du Monde

    Darius Milhaud

  • What a Wonderful World

    Bob Thiel/arr. Stephen Buck

Sponsored by

  • Season Sponsor: The Nancy and Hank Fisher Family Fund

    The Nancy and Hank Fisher Family Fund

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