Ashberyana: A Musical Celebration of Poet John Ashbery

John Zorn: Girls on the Run
Joan Tower: Holding a Daisy and Or like a…an Engine
Josquin des Prez/Charles Wuorinen: Josquiniana for string quartet
Erik Satie: Three Distinguished Waltzes of a Jaded Dandy
Charles Wuorinen: Ashberyana
Readings from the work of John Ashbery

Julia Fox, soprano; Daniel Belcher, baritone; Brentano String Quartet (Mark Steinberg, violin; Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory, viola; Nina Lee, cello); William Lang, trombone; Sarah Rothenberg, piano; Matthew Strauss, percussion; Kazem Abdullah, conductor

 Da Camera joins forces with renowned American composers and musicians to celebrate John Ashbery’s legacy with works that reflect his playfulness, wit and humor. The greatest American poet of his generation, Ashbery visited Houston for a Da Camera concert during Sarah Rothenberg’s first season as artistic director. Joan Tower’s Holding a Daisy was written for Rothenberg, as was Charles Wuorinen’s Ashberyana, recorded by Da Camera for Naxos.

 “bright, vibrant baritone … an uncommonly wide range which encompassed some astonishingly easy, ringing high phrases.” – Opera Today on Daniel Belcher

 “It is a remarkable achievement when music as abstract as this can grab and not let go of the listener’s attention. …Ashberyana… is a striking work” – American Record Guide