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    Danzon No.2

    Britton-René Collins, percussion

    Firebird Suite (1919)


    Mexican composer Arturo Márquez’s most famous composition, Danzon No. 2, opens a program full of power, fire, energy, and percussive flair. The Danzon adds a Mexican flavor to a Cuban style of dance that popular in the Veracruz region of Mexico. The exuberant performances through Europe and America in 2007 by the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra led by Gustavo Dudamel brought worldwide attention to the work, and it now stands as one of the most frequently-performed Mexican orchestral compositions.

    Rising star percussionist Britton-René Collins tackles Grammy Award-winning composer and Cedar Rapids native Michael Daugherty’s Dreamachine, a concerto for percussion that pays tribute to the imaginations of inventors who envision new machines, both real and fantastical. From Leonardo da Vinci to Rube Goldberg to Mr. Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan officer aboard the Starship Enterprise, the concerto harnesses the wide variety of colors and textures from all manner of percussion instruments to conjure images that connect man and machine.

    A ballet suite from Stravinsky’s first big hit, The Firebird, closes the program with its formidable Infernal Dance and Finale.

    Don’t forget to join us for INSIGHTS in Encore Lounge at 6:45pm (Saturday at the Paramount) and 1:15pm in Stanley Café (Sunday at Hancher) before the concert! Discover the meaning behind the music in this informative, informal discussion presented by Maestro Hankewich and special guests. Free to all ticket holders!

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