Review: Bangor Symphony premieres Moya concerto themed to Venezuelan art installations by Cruz-Diez

Posted on: October 18, 2021

“Emotions ran high Sunday afternoon … as the full Bangor Symphony Orchestra performed together for the first time in nearly two years,” writes Judy Harrison in Friday’s (10/15) Bangor Daily News (ME). “It was a rousing program … that featured … the world premiere of a fascinating new concerto for piano, strings and percussion by Venezuelan-born Reinaldo Moya. The composer converted the colors from the works of visual artist Carlos Cruz-Diez [1923-2019] into musical notes…. The large-scale, colorful installations Cruz-Diez created include artwork installed at the Simón Bolívar International Airport near Caracas, Venezuela…. Each of the concerto’s five movements began with a photograph of one of the artist’s works projected above the orchestra. The sound of the music, in a way, brought the visual pieces to life and piano soloist Joyce Yang expertly channeled Cruz-Diez’s colors and Moya’s vision for the concerto…. The final movement focused on Cruz-Diez’s … 1970s [installation] on the floor of the Caracas airport, [which] has taken on a different meaning for Venezuelans amidst the country’s humanitarian crisis…. It was a startling, unpredictable and gorgeous composition that brought Cruz-Diez’s work to life.” Lucas Richman led the concert, which also included music by Britten, Copland, Rossini, and Saint-Saëns.