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Enter the musical world of renowned composer Steven Snowden with works for string quartet and the world premiere of “This Mortal Frame,” for cello and electronics!
The music of Steven Snowden has been described as “Beguiling… combining force with clarity” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “Wonderfully dynamic” (Interlude Hong Kong), “Rustic, red-blooded” (New Music Box), “Marvelously evocative”, (Cleveland Plain Dealer), and “The most wildly intriguing sight and sound I have experienced at a concert” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer)
‘This Mortal Frame’ for cello and electronics, was composed for distinguished RVA cellist Schuyler Slack. The music chronicles the journey of Henry “Box” Brown, the Richmond-area slave who had himself mailed to Philadelphia in 1849 in a wooden box to escape the bonds of slavery.
“This Mortal Frame” is a musical odyssey that surrounds the listener with the wonders and dangers of “Box” Brown’s unique path to freedom. It celebrates the courage of a man willing to risk his life for something better and transcend the circumstance into which he was born.
The adventure continues with an all-star line-up of musicians:
Ellen Cockerham Riccio, Matt Richardson, and Lauren Nelson join Schuyler for performances of three works for string quartet including ‘Appalachian Polaroids,’ inspired by the photographs of Shelby Lee Adams. Maestro Steve himself will make an appearance performing on a surprise instrument!