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Antonín Dvořák

Silent Woods for Cello and Orchestra

Sarah Lewis, cello

Antonín Dvořák

Songs My Mother Taught Me (arr. Wiancko)

Kinan Azmeh

Don't RipEat After Me for clarinet, chamber orchestra, electronics and video (world premiere, SPCO commission)

Kinan Azmeh, clarinet
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PaviElle French

A Requiem for Zula (world premiere, SPCO commission) (arr. Wianko)

PaviElle French, vocalist

Brown as the Earth.
Bright as the Sun.
Her beautiful smile touched everyone.
I honor you with these words of my song.

Her name was Zula Young.

I am so proud and humbled to bring you A Requiem for Zula. To be playing a piece that speaks of my mother's life and legacy is something that I could never imagine. And, this is something as a musician, that I have always dreamed of doing…playing my style/genre of music with an orchestra.

I wanted to write a piece that encompassed what I knew of my mother's life...focusing on the way she made me feel, the way she touched anyone on her life's path. The colors and warmth that come to mind when I think of her. I feel like this piece wrote itself. I opened up and it flowed out...and in my mind that means, it's meant to be. It was a rite of passage, crafting the music and lyrics.

I had to grow very quickly as a musician and adapt to writing for instruments that I don't play. Having Lembit Beecher and Michi Wiancko as mentors for this project was absolutely imperative and enlightening. I didn't even think about what I may have needed to know but, when I had questions or needed an ear, they were there with encouragement and sound advice. I fully and wholly trust Kyu-Young Kim and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to bring my symphony to life.

As it marks eight years since her passing on February 10, 2011...this is my way of creating her monument...to be shared to the world...for the world. My mother loved music...especially jazz and instrumental music. Every movement was suited to her tastes and the sounds I remember her playing as I was growing up. This is her song. That tells quite a bit of her story and also my story that began after her untimely departure. I write/speak about my mom often to keep her alive. This piece is a step forward in my healing, acknowledgement of and gratitude for my mother's light in this world. I am thankful for all of you who have wished me well in this journey and beyond.

PaviElle French ©2018

Charles Ives

Songs My Mother Taught Me (arr. Wiancko)

Michael Abels

Delights and Dances

About This Program

The opening weekend of the Tapestry19 festival examines the legacy of family, community and country. Two premieres by outstanding contemporary composer-performers anchor this program which also includes works imbued with a sense of place by the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák and Americans Charles Ives and Michael Abels. Interdisciplinary artist PaviElle French, a native of Saint Paul’s Rondo neighborhood, presents a new work dedicated to the memory of her mother while Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh reaches into his childhood to write a piece inspired by the rhythms of the Syrian pledge of allegiance that he was required to repeat every morning in school.