Fresh off the holidays, Mount Vernon Music begins 2020 with harpist Barbara Biggers, whose impressive career includes credits from Broadway musicals to the Tony Awards to the New York City Opera. Hear her in Sacred and Familiar, a program of music rooted in the land, and music expressing the mystical. Enter the tonal world of Estonian Arvo Pärt, inspired to compose Fratres (Brethren) by the rituals and mysticism of his Russian Orthodox faith. Immerse yourself in the intangible with Debussy’s Danse Sacrée. Experience the joyful abandon of music drawing on folk melodies in Dvořák’s American Quartet, written during the composer’s time in the U.S.
With Barbara Biggers, harp; Mark Miller and Yuko Mansell, violin; Ute Miller, viola; Elizabeth White, cello; Jack Unzicker, double bass