Philadelphia Orchestra and harpist Elizabeth Hainen perform a startlingly fresh mid-century modern delight

Philadelphia Orchestra and harpist Elizabeth Hainen perform a startlingly fresh mid-century modern delight

Philadelphia Orchestra and harpist Elizabeth Hainen perform a startlingly fresh mid-century modern delight

Harth-Bedoya, too, pulled off a feat, ending the concert with a piece of contemporary music: Perú negro (2012) by Jimmy López. Commissioned for the centennial of the Fort Worth Symphony, the work is a gorgeous blend of Afro-Peruvian-inspired material and flickers of driving, witchy Liszt-Berlioz chromaticism. It reaches an explosive climax, collapses, and stirs back to life in a sweeping, more contemporary-sounding sequence. There’s a stacking of pitches not far from the end that recalls other moments in the concert — oddly, the ending of the Gershwin.

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Published at Fri, 05 Oct 2018 18:09:31 +0000

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