ON THE WATERFRONT
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019, 8:00 - 9:00 PM
Cherry Street Pier
121 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106
FREE and open to the public
Jennifer Higdon – Snake River
Mason Bates – Liquid Interface
Leonard Bernstein – Symphonic Suite from On The Waterfront
Jayce Ogren, conducting
Orchestra 2001 presents the first ever orchestral concert at the eclectic and vibrant Cherry Street Pier. Conductor Jayce Ogren leads an exhilarating program featuring themes related to water, rivers and the waterfront.
The one-hour program launches with a quick ride down whitewater rapids by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon – Snake River, from her All Things Majestic.
Mason Bates, Musical America’s “2017 Composer of the Year,” draws inspiration for his Liquid Interface from the different states of water and how they affect our planet and its populations. The four short movements utilize recorded weather/water sounds, and follow a progression in a world with ever-increasing global warming and water-related weather phenomena. It begins with Glaciers Calving and includes Crescent City, a musical illustration of New Orleans’ troubled relationship with its water environs.
The concert concludes with the symphonic suite from Leonard Bernstein’s iconic Academy Award-nominated music for the Marlon Brando classic, On The Waterfront, winner of the 1954 Oscar for Best Picture. The Pier’s historic setting is ideal for Bernstein’s brilliant score that includes quietly noble themes, angry depictions of violence spurred by corrupt waterfront union bosses, romantic interludes, and a triumphant ending.
Lead support is provided by The William Penn Foundation.