In our vast differences, we find a sameness, which is what it means to be human. This eclectic final concert of the season pays tribute to the boundless variety of human experience. The last concert of Art of Élan's seventh season offers reflections on humanity. Shih-Hui Chen's Returning Souls, commissioned by Art of Élan for the Formosa Quartet, is a result of the composer's year-long exploration of Taiwanese traditional and aboriginal music. Steven Bryant's irreverent Dancing Around the Cathode Campfire is a raucous contrast to Arvo Pärt's otherworldly Magnificat or Jeffery Cotton's Meditation, Rhapsody and Bacchanal for violin and percussion, yet all form a part of the rich musical tapestry woven by composers from across globe, and unites us in our humanity.
Over the course of four concerts, Art of Élan's seventh season, REFLECTIONS, uses music to explore what it means to be human; providing reflections on youth, hope, loss and humanity. Providing a "mixtape" of reflections culled from the internet, fellow musicians, former teachers, and colleagues, this series features unique collaborations, sounds from around the world, and newly commissioned works.