About This Program
The second weekend of the Tapestry19 festival is an exploration of the idea of home, featuring a world premiere by SPCO Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Lembit Beecher, which uses samples of over 50 interview recordings of immigrants to the Twin Cities sharing their reflections about home, along with newly commissioned poetry by University of Saint Thomas professor Chris Santiago. 14 year-old Felix Mendelssohn was coming into his own as a composer when he wrote twelve sinfonias to be performed at private salons organized by his parents in their Berlin residence. A similarly young and talented 17-year old, Utah-native Maya Miro Johnson reflects more directly on the idea of home through her adventurous sound palate in another SPCO commissioned work. The concert concludes with the Miracle Symphony, one of a series of symphonies written by Joseph Haydn during an extended stay in his adopted home of London late in his life.