California’s Pacific Symphony and Music Director Carl St.Clair will open the 2016-17 season with Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with pianist Olga Kern, and the world premiere of Conrad Tao’s I Got a Little Wiggle That I Just Can’t Shake. Tao’s work was commissioned by the orchestra, says St.Clair, to “capture the many facets” of Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, where the Pacific Symphony is performing for its tenth season. Says Tao, “The hall is alluring and sinuous, and I found myself attracted to the wavy sense of line that pervades the building. I wanted to write a piece about those wavy lines. I imagined them colliding gleefully into one another in three-dimensional sonic space before settling down into a more ordered fashion.” The work’s title is inspired by the central montage of the 2010 Zach Clark film Vacation!
Posted September 21, 2016