is a theme we give to our 2022 outreach. Inspired by our own travels and by the influence of travel on musical styles, we present a program that includes works by a Taiwanese female composer who incorporates ethnic children’s folk songs in her music, an American composer who incorporates Cuban dance music, and ancient Chinese folk tunes arranged for western instruments during a dark time in China when anything western was banned. You will even hear the story of how Mozart traveled hundreds of miles to advance his career and how that effort came to a disappointing end.
We are fortunate to live in an era where the music of all the cultures of the world is easily accessible and musicians are able to draw upon this diversity of cultures. Though music can “travel” more quickly these days, over the course of history, as people traveled thousands of miles to trade between the west and the east for goods such as produce, spices, gold, leather… etc., music traveled along with them. This program showcases the richness and complexities of different music styles and the stories behind them. .