pre-talk by VIET CUONG
Maverick Chamber Festival

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Reserved Hall Seats: $50.00, $29.00, $25.00 (partial obstruction)
General Admission/Outdoors/Uncovered: $20.00, Students: $10

Bastille Day Weekend at the Maverick

Maverick Debut

3:00pm pre-concert talk
4:00pm performance

Composer Portrait: Viet Cuong and Friends

Mozart: Serenade in C Minor, K.388
Viet Cuong: Six Canadian Scenes for solo oboe (2009)
Flora, for woodwind quintet  NEW YORK PREMIERE
Apparition, for solo clarinet (2018); Zanelle, for solo clarinet (2009)
Francis Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Winds

Garrett Hudson, flute
Noah Kay, oboe
Graeme Steele Johnson, clarinet
Anni Hochhalter, horn
Kara LaMoure, bassoon

Blair McMillen, piano
Viet Cuong, composer

Versatile and vibrant, the musicians of WindSync “play many idioms authoritatively, elegantly, with adroit technique, and with great fun” (All About the Arts). In the span of one performance, the quintet can cover vast musical ground from revitalized standard repertoire to freshly inked works to folk and American Songbook, the common thread telling a compelling story about music history and our human selves.

WindSync frequently eliminates the “fourth wall” between musicians and audience by performing from memory, creating an extraordinary connection. This personal performance style, combined with the ensemble’s three-pronged mission of artistry, education, and community-building, lends WindSync its reputation as ”a group of virtuosos who are also wonderful people, too” (Alison Young, Classical MPR).

Hailed by the New York Times as “prodigiously accomplished and exciting” and as one of the piano’s “brilliant stars,” pianist Blair McMillen has forged a musical life that is unbounded by convention. He is well-known for his advocacy of living composers and contemporary music, as well as for championing very early keyboard music and more recent neglected masterpieces. For more than two decades, McMillen has divided his time as piano soloist, chamber musician, music festival director, and educator/teacher.

The “alluring” (The New York Times), “arresting” (Gramophone), “irresistible” (San Francisco Chronicle), and “exhilarating” (Chicago Tribune) music of Vietnamese-American composer Viet Cuong (b. 1990) has been commissioned and performed on six continents by musicians and ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, Eighth Blackbird, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Sō Percussion, Alarm Will Sound, Atlanta Symphony, Sandbox Percussion, Albany Symphony, PRISM Quartet, and Dallas Winds, among many others. Cuong’s music has been featured in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, and Library of Congress, and his works for wind ensemble have amassed several hundreds of performances worldwide, including at Midwest, WASBE, and CBDNA conferences.

Transformations: Celebrating East Asian-American Creators and the Music of France is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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