Monday Evening Concerts Finale // Georges Aperghis: Happy End

Monday Evening Concerts Finale // Georges Aperghis: Happy End


Jean-Baptiste Mathieu: La tête (1993)  Georges APERGHISLe corps à corps (1978)  ​Georges APERGHIS: Happy End (2007) West Coast Premiere for animated film, live electronics, and ensembleTalea Ensemble James Baker, conductor David Adamcyk, electronics Hans Op de Beeck, animated video Jonathan Hepfer, zarb and voice 

“The woodcutter and his wife were very poor, and their seven children caused them a lot of hardship, because none of them was old enough to earn a living.  What troubled the couple further was that the youngest was extremely delicate and never uttered a word, which they took to show his stupidity, although it was a sign of intelligence. He was very small; when he was born he was hardly bigger than a man’s thumb, for which reason Little Thumb was what he was called.” ~ Charles Perrault, Little Thumb ​For our season finale, Monday Evening Concerts presents the return of the Talea Ensemble in the West Coast premiere of Georges Aperghis’ Happy End for chamber orchestra, electronics, animated video and prerecorded voices. Widely celebrated in Europe, but virtually unknown in California, Aperghis is one of the most original and masterful voices in music today. Extroverted, theatrical, virtuosic, playful and profound, the musical language of Aperghis is vivid and unforgettable. Happy End is Aperghis’ musical re-telling of Charles Perrault’s classic children’s tale, Little Thumb, from 1697. This concert is made possible by the generous support of the FACE Contemporary Music Fund, a program of FACE with major support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, SACEM, Institut français, and the Florence Gould Foundation.

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