The Verge

Sunday evening February 26 from 7:00 to 9:00 CT, on The Verge:

Music that hates to be classified, music that crosses boundaries, and new music by 20th and 21st Century composers.


This week's playlist features a little bit of inspiration from places, like Argentina, Guam, California, Africa or Brazil. Also, we'll hear two pieces by composer Libby Larsen. The first in the show is an excerpt from Larsen's Solo Symphony, built on the idea of a solo actually being a group. You can read more in her program notes here.

The second Larsen piece this week, Rodeo Queen of Heaven, can be a bit of a wild romp. It was inspired by a piece of art by Arthur Lopez in the Denver Art Museum in which the Madonna and Child are ironically dressed in rodeo regalia with the holy Child wearing chaps and a cowboy hat, the Madonna with a gun slung around her. Larsen was struck by the juxtaposition of  Southwest American culture with traditional Mexican religious icons, and wrote her piece using Gregorian chant and reverent, somber melodies with jazzy, modern outbursts.

 

Libby Larsen, photo by Ann Marsden



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