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The final chamber concert of the season interweaves divergent times, places, and composers through a thematic thread of murder and myth. Bryce Dessner—who curated our February 2019 SoundBox show, Wires, as well as being a member of the creative collective with SF Symphony Music Director designate Esa-Pekka Salonen—is one of the most sought-after composers of his generation. This chamber program showcases one of his most vibrant compositions, the Grammy award-winning Murder Ballades (2013), a highly charged soundscape inspired by folk songs about real and imagined murders from America’s early settlement period. As a fitting bookend, the performance closes with Dvořák’s tour de force Piano Trio in E minor, Dumky. Juxtaposing each movement with alternating personalities and speeds, Dvorák’s lively Slavic work is considered to be richer in folkloric inspiration than any of his other major compositions.
Double Quartet No. 1 in D minor
Concertino for Flute, Viola, and Piano
Piano Trio in E minor, Dumky