On February 2 and 3, the Louisville Orchestra in Kentucky will present “War + Peace,” a thematic program that combines works by composers including Ives, Barber, Ravel, and Vaughan Williams with the world premiere of Sebastian Chang’s Between Heaven + Earth, a piece inspired by and composed in collaboration with Iraqi visual artist Vian Sora. Sora’s work confronts her experience in a country at war and “living in between” life and death. The notion of combining visual art and music for a new orchestral work occurred when Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams saw Sora’s work at a local gallery. Composer Sebastian Chang was born in Mission Viejo, California, and is the auxiliary pianist for the Louisville Orchestra. Other works on the concert include Prokofiev’s Waltz from War and Peace, Arnold Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw, and Arvo Pärt’s Summa for Choir.
Posted on January 31, 2018