Thursday, May 31, 2018
7 PM Birdfoot Backstage
6:00 PM Happy Hour
6:15 PM Young Artist Program Showcase Concert
Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
900 Camp Street
Downtown New Orleans
George Enescu: Octet in C Major, Op. 7
Join Birdfoot Festival musicians and WWNO 89.9 FM “backstage” in a conversation about Enescu’s ravishing Octet. Inspired throughout his life by the folk-music of his native Romania, George Enescu’s Octet is one of the composer’s most ambitious works and explodes off the page.
Although you’d never know it listening to this piece, Ensecu knew that he had embarked on something ambitious in composing the Octet, writing: “An engineer launching his first suspension bridge over a river, could not feel more anxiety than I felt when I set out to darken my paper.”
Join Birdfoot Festival musicians to explore the Octet’s rhapsodic style, inner workings, and the musical ideas that interweave to form a grand cyclical narrative.
Presented with support from the Contemporary Arts Center’s Performance Support Program, this event is an opportunity to get inside the music and experience why this piece is a favorite of musicians and listeners alike. Join the conversation!