The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, led by music director Jason Weinberger, joins forces with the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival to bring audiences an eclectic array of American chamber music. Opening the concert is Walter Piston’s Divertimento, written for nine instruments and commissioned by the International Society for Contemporary Music in 1946. John Harbison’s North and South is a cycle of six settings of poems by Elizabeth Bishop, scored for mezzo-soprano, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and bass. Selections from Morton Gould’s Benny’s Gig, duos for clarinet and double bass dedicated by the composer to Benny Goodman, are followed by Martinu's La Revue de Cuisine Suite. The program concludes with Barber’s touching Knoxville, Summer of 1915, set to the prose of James Agee and performed by Iowa native, Karen Holvik.
(Concert recorded Nov. 16, 2012)