Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:05 AM
JONATHAN MCNAIR COMPOSITION FEATURED IN CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA CONCERT - CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will present "Mozart & Ravel" chamber concert on Sunday afternoon at Chattanooga State Community College. But in addition to the work of those composers, the CSO will play a composition written by Dr. Jonathan McNair, Holmberg Professor of American Music at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Conducted by Kayoko Dan, the program will begin with Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin," which is lighthearted and reflective. The piece contains crisp tones, sharp rhythms and subtle inflections that will intrigue the audience. McNair's "Meditation on Mercy" is for string orchestra. If you go What: "Mozart & Ravel" Where: Chattanooga State Community College, Humanities Building auditorium, 4501 Amnicola Highway When: 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17 Admission: $15-$28 For more information: 423-267-8583 "It is based primarily upon the Gregorian chant melody 'Kyrie fons bonatatis,' one of many musical settings of the most ancient prayer for mercy in the western Christian liturgical tradition," McNair says in a release from the CSO office. "The melody is in the Phrygian mode, a very early musical scale, which allows for some interesting harmonic possibilities. As a balance to the sound of this tune, the chant melody for 'Asperges me,' in the Mixolydian mode, ...
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