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All Viola on Now Is the Time


The spotlight is on the alto of the string section on Now Is the Time, Saturday, March 7th at 9 pm. John Harbison's sumptuous Viola Concerto starts the program off, and then duoJalal percussionist Yousif Sheronick turns a Philip Glass solo viola work into a Duo for Solo Percussion and Viola, just as he would have when he played in the Philip Glass Ensemble.

Glass and Jennifer Higdon were both flutists, and the Higdon Sonata for Viola and Piano is influenced, she says, by some of the flute literature she knows. We end the program with a work for viola alone, the Tonoi I of Nickitas Demos.

John Harbison: Viola Concerto
Philip Glass: Duo for Solo Percussion and Viola
Jennifer Higdon: Sonata for Viola and Piano
Nickitas Demos: Tonoi I

Every Saturday night at 9 Eastern, Kile Smith hosts Now Is the Time, all styles of contemporary concert music by living American composers on WRTI's all-classical stream.