Concert Series #1 – Sankofa
Hanna Benn – Sankofa (2017)
Julian Garvue – Concertino for Piano and Orchestra (World Premiere), featuring Julian Garvue, piano
Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 9, op. 70 in Eb major (1945)
Makenna Carrico – Chocolate (World Premiere)
Interesting facts about this concert:
Sankofa, in the Twi language of Ghana, translates as "Go back and get it" or another translation, “We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward”. The piece is divided into six different movements/tone poems. It is self reflective. Written to be almost like a love poem to the self, the piece explores different states of meditation trying to understand an inner truth about oneself and their (my) heritage.
FA (look, seek and take).
The sankofa symbolizes the Akan people’s quest for knowledge among the Akan with the implication that the quest is based on critical examination, and intelligent and patient investigation.
Concertino for Piano and Orchestra was written for the 100th year birthday anniversary of Thelonius Monk.
Chocolate!! The perfect dessert
Words from Makenna Carrico:
The idea for this piece was to add an exciting, quick end to the concert. So, I knew I needed an exciting melody that would be fun to play around with throughout the piece. My background is primarily in film composition, and a tool that is used often in film scoring is having a theme for a character that can transform along with the character and their different emotions and situation, and yet still be identifiable.