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Washington National Cathedral
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Washington DC 20016

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Cultural Fusion: The Gamelan Experience
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 7:30pm


Experience gamelan—the traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali in Indonesia, made up predominantly of percussive instruments performed by multiple performers at once—in the sacred space of the National Cathedral. Gamelan has by far been the non-Western musical genre that has most impacted the Western classical music tradition, beginning with the 1889 Paris Exposition. This program explores its influence across the past 120 years.

Indonesia boasts two different styles of gamelan. Both can be heard in this program, which also celebrates Balinese and Javanese music and dance in its pure form.

Pagodas – Claude Debussy

Ceremonial Dance – Colin McPhee
Vallee des cloches - Maurice Ravel
Sonata for two pianos mvmt 1 — 5 - François Poulenc
Vision de l’amen mvmt 1 — 5 - Olivier Messiaen
Black Toccata –Bill Alves
Intermission — Balinese gamelan
Suite for Piano & Orchestra – Lou Harrison
Piano Concerto – Lou Harrison

Benjamin Pasternack and Wen-Chi Su, pianos
Netanel Draiblate, violin
Balinese and Javanese gamelan with dancers
PCE conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez
Commentary by Bill Alves and Joe Horowitz

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