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World Premiere of Roberts Sirota’s Spindrift at Concerts on the Slope

April 12, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Concerts on the Slope presents the world premiere of Composer-in-Residence Robert Sirota’s Spindrift. Sandbox Percussion, the visually and aurally stunning percussion quartet that commissioned Spindrift, will be performing the piece, as well as works by ensemble members Jonathan Allen and Victor Caccesse, plus works by David Crowell, Thomas Kotcheff, Natalie Dieterrich, Jason Treuting, and Lukas Ligeti. Concerts on the Slope performances are open to the public and no tickets are required; a free will donation is suggested. Sandbox Percussion is Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum, and Terry Sweeney.

Of Spindrift, Sirota says, “Sandbox Percussion is an extraordinary ensemble; besides playing with the utmost virtuosity, they bring a sensitivity and refinement to their music-making rarely found in any chamber music group, let alone a percussion group. I wanted to create something that showed off their unusual combination of skill, finesse, and musicality. I began the process of composing by coming up with motives and gestures that were fleeting, light, and fast. With two marimbas and two vibraphones I was looking to capture the motion and fluidity of quickly flowing water. About halfway into the compositional process I came up with the title Spindrift, which is the term for windblown sea spray.” The four instruments will be positioned antiphonally in the acoustic space of the room.

Over four decades, composer Robert Sirota has developed a distinctive voice, clearly discernable in all of his work – whether symphonic, choral, stage, or chamber music. The New York Times has described his style as, “fashioned with the clean, angular melodies, tart harmonies, lively syncopations and punchy accents of American Neo-Classicism,” and writes, “Thick, astringent chromatic harmonies come in tightly bound chords to create nervous sonorities. Yet the textures are always lucid; details come through.”

Free; suggested free will donation.

Presented by Concerts on the Slope


April 12, 2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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St. John’s Episcopal Church
139 St. John's Place
Brooklyn, New York 11217

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