For the 2017 edition, Audeamus Festival presents a bipartite survey of chamber music from the postwar Pan-American traditions. Three generations of composers are featured, including Gnattali, Golijov, Piazzolla, Carter, Rorem, Reich, Stucky, Muczynski, Crumb, Ginastera, and Rzewski, as well as the European premiere of "Telephone: Careless Whisper" for bass clarinet and percussion, by emerging, Boston-based composer, Victoria Cheah.
This survey showcases a unique, forward-thinking approach to chamber music composition exemplified by Pan-American composers of the 20th century. Non-standard ensembles, Latin American rhythms, allusions to Blues, Jazz, Pop, Hollywood film, and North American folk music distinguish these composers from their European contemporaries. Adaptations of neoclassicism in the works of Muczynski and Rorem, neo-romanticism in Gnattali, twelve-tone serialism in Carter, as well as the “Neo-Expressionism” of Ginastera’s late period, and postmodern tendencies of Reich's repetitive minimalism and Rzewski's unveiled political commentary define the postwar era, illuminating a complex world of myriad stylistic influences and trajectories; a kaleidoscopic tapestry of classical music in the new world.