Media Advisory/Musical Ode to Earth

MEDIA ADVISORY                                               March 1, 2016                                                                         

A MUSICAL ODE TO EARTH A Classical Music Tribute from Philadelphia Composers to Our Relationship with Planet Earth

WHO              Fine Art Music Company Rollin Wilber, Artistic Director, Piano Katarzyna Marzec-Salwinski, Piano

Azer Damirov, James Lawrence Wilson, Violin Lorenzo Raval, Viola Julia Morelli, Cello Elivi Varga, Flute


A MUSICAL ODE TO EARTH ** David Ludwig (b. 1974): Pale Blue Dot, for string quartet George Crumb (b. 1929): Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale), for flute, cello and piano Claude Debussy (1862-1918): La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune, Prelude for piano                    Henry Cowell (1897-1965): The Tides of Manaunaun, for piano Ernest Bloch (1880-1959): Poems of the Sea, a cycle for piano Lili Boulanger (1893-1918): Nocturne, and D’un Matin de Printemps, for flute and violin with piano Jacques Ibert (1890-1962): Two Interludes, for violin, flute, and piano

**The program runs approximately 2 hours, including one intermission. A post-concert reception with the artists to follow.

WHEN/WHERE Saturday, March 12, at 8 PM Ivy Hall, International Institute for Culture 6331 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia 19151 Directions:

Sunday, March 13, at 3 PM Ethical Society of Philadelphia 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia 19103 Directions:


Tickets            $15-25 at or 215.803.9725, or at the door.                  Contact email:



  • In this time of ever-increasing awareness of climate and its effect on the planet, A Musical Ode to Earth is a classical concert focusing on our relationship with the world. Its feature work is Pale Blue Dot (2014) for string quartet by prominent Philadelphia composer David Ludwig. Commissioned by the Caramoor International Music Festival for the Dover Quartet, the work takes inspiration from Carl Sagan’s portrayal of planet Earth and the famous image of the planet taken by NASA’s Voyager in 1990. Composer’s notes:
  • A Musical Ode to Earth offers oceanic inspiration from another renowned Philadelphia composer George Crumb and his Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) for piano, flute and cello. According to FAMC series founder Rollin Wilber: “Crumb is known for turning every supposition on end, from how the music looks on the page, to how it sounds, to how it is presented, creating a visually affecting, and musically expanding experience.”


  • The program also includes works by Claude Debussy, Lili Boulanger, Ernest Bloch, Henry Cowell, and Jacques Ibert


  • Mood lighting, projected imagery, and costume elements will compliment the program to inspire visually strong imagery of the musical selections.


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