Martha Graham and American Music
Dance + Live Orchestra
Martha Graham Dance Company
Christopher Rountree, Conductor
Diversion of Angels, Dello Joio
Cave of the Heart, Barber
Dark Meadow, Chavez
Maple Leaf Rag, Joplin
Sponsored by Elizabeth Purcell
Martha Graham holds a place next to Picasso as one of the greatest innovators of the 20th century. She not only transformed dance, she commissioned some of the most important orchestral and chamber music works of her time. In a rare one-time performance, the company will perform with live musical accompaniment. Christopher Rountree will lead the music ensemble wild Up in this extraordinary collaboration.
Martha Graham’s Panorama (1935)
VPAC is proud to partner with the Martha Graham Dance Company to create the opening piece. Panorama uses numbers and geometric design to drive home Graham’s intense socio-political themes, with a score by Norman Lloyd.
VPAC is bringing together CSUN, CSUN Alumni, select high school and other community dancers to perform the 10-minute piece that will open the performance Martha Graham and American Music. This experience will be the first of its kind at VPAC and will certainly create lasting impact for all the student artists involved.
About wild Up
wild Up is the ultimately flexible, go anywhere, play anything modern music collective led by Artistic Director/Conductor Christopher Rountree. Their programs reflect the emerging cultural leadership of a generation. Lines are blurred, rules are broken, concerts become events, events become enduring memories. In a single engagement, wild Up creates a theatrical and musical context where the greatest musicians on the scene today become an orchestra that celebrates tradition while reshaping it. In a single evening the audience may celebrate Erick Satie, Ted Hearne, John Lennon, Alexander Scriabin, Chris Cerrone, Velvet Underground, Steve Reich, Andrew McIntosh, Jen Hill, Nina C. Young and on and on and on…
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.