- BONIS Flute en trio, Op. 59
- Kevin Lau In the Garden of Endless Sleep for oboe and piano
- BEACH Pastorale for wind quintet, Op. 151
- ALISON YUN-FEI JIANG Stray Birds for wind quintet
- SAMUEL BARBER Summer Music
- POULENC Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano
NACO at the Fourth presents the world premiere of Alison Yun-Fei Jiang’s Stray Birds, a two-fold musical flight evoking birds taking wing and the impact of Covid-19 on people who were forced to stay or return home. This evocative new work is Alison’s first commission as one of the NAC’s two Carrefour composers.
Composer Mel Bonis’s long-overlooked Flute en trio is a rich and lovely musical configuration of the languid, pastoral, and playful. Born Mélanie Hélène Bonis in 1858, she wrote under the name Mel Bonis so that she might be taken more seriously as a composer—her chamber music was praised by Camille Saint-Saëns, who couldn’t believe such lovely music had been written by a woman.
Kevin Lau is one of Canada’s most versatile and sought-after composers, and a favourite of NAC audiences. His The Garden of Endless Sleep imagines “a garden that moves through time, flickering between present, past, and future…a cultivated slice of natural beauty through various stages of growth and decay.”
Performance is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.