Digital Concert: Coming Together | Spoleto at Home

Duration: Approximately 30 minutes


Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together
Conducted by John Kennedy
Performed by members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra

Members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra coalesce virtually for a performance of Coming Together, a minimalist masterpiece from American composer Frederic Rzewski. This selection, says Festival Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy, “functions as a metaphor for confinement and conditional freedom. Its accompanying text is fragmented into parts, but when gathered and stitched together, it speaks to defiance and resolve.”

Hear from Kennedy about his selection of this work and how it was recorded in this Artist Q&A. 

About the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra: Each season, the Festival assembles an original orchestra through a series of nationwide auditions that accompanies the opera selections and performs symphonic and chamber concerts throughout the 17-day season. The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra is central to Festival operations, and it provides a valuable opportunity for young professional musicians—many who are in top conservatories or graduate programs—to gain extensive performance experience, working alongside John Kennedy and guest conductors.

Featured Musicians:
Chava Appiah, cello
Omri Barak, trumpet
Nico Chona, clarinet
Joey Guidry, bassoon
Abigail Hong, violin
Sidney Hopson, percussion
Austin Lewellen, double bass
Alfonso Noriega, viola
Shannon Vandzura, flute
Ye Young Yoon, percussion
Renate Rohlfing, piano

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