Award-winning composer Jon Whitten presents an intimate chamber concert in the historic heart of Rome
On October 13th I will be directing a chamber concert of my own work in the beautiful Ponte Sant’ Angelo Methodist Church in central Rome. It will be free and would be lovely if you could be there.
The church is an intimate, quiet space blessed with a crisp, clear acoustic which is going to be every kind of fun to play with.
The program, which includes two premiers, oscillates and metamorphoses like a melting kaleidoscope; illustrating epic narratives, resting in simple reflection and concluding with a celebratory extravaganza of sonic fireworks, a great whirling beast of a finish to a very tender, contemplative evening.
The ensemble will feature players from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome’s premier conservatoire, and myself on the yang q’in dulcimer. This is a non-ticketed event, and entrance is free on a first-come-first-served basis. The concert will last for about an hour.
GoogleMap link here.
Feel free to email JonWhitten@hotmail.co.uk for any more information
– Forces –
Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Voice, Yang Q’in
– Program –
* Two Sisters – an ancient Baltic drama related by violin and viola Premier
* The Twilight Happened Still Between Thin White Trees – still water reflected by solo piano
* J. Blumenthal’s Grand Caprice – a string shredding, bow breaking helter-skelter tumble for solo viola
* Beautiful Losers – violin, viola, cello, voice and yang q’in dulcimer take on Leonard Cohen’s brilliant travesty of a novel Premier
* Britten’s Suite for Cello Solo op. 87 – solo cello flies unfettered and unafraid
* July Farewell – an ending of cello, yang q’in dulcimer and voice
(all pieces by Jon Whitten, with the exception of the Britten cello suite and Blumenthal Grand Caprice)
– Past Praise –
“Superbly inventive” – Ed Vaizey, UK Minister for Culture, Communications & Creative Industries
“Beautiful magic” – Big Issue
“Brilliant” – Jude Rogers, The Guardian
“Delightfully innovative” **** – Laura Seymore, Exeunt Magazine
“Unique and delightful” ****(*) – Cavelle Leigh, The Public Review
***** The Independant (in collaboration with Charles Castronovo)
**** Lucy Howard – Guardian