Rowan String Ensemble

Rowan String Ensemble

Rowan String Ensemble


The 2017-18 Season features compositions that are inspired by Social Justice. Three composers performed during this season—Kareem Roustom, Asturo Rodriguez, and Jessie Montgomery—write in styles which reflect their Syrian, Mexican, and African American heritage. All three have been outspoken about the need to be inclusive of all people in society, especially the musical society. While Antonio Vivaldi is best known for his wonderful compositions and violin virtuosity, he was also a Catholic Priest, and ran a girl’s orphanage in Italy, for which he wrote many of his concertos. Finally, composer Dmitri Shostakovich is a strong reminder of what happens when social justice does not win- his Chamber Symphony (String Quartet No. 8) is a haunting and devastating work.

The 2017-18 season will also feature guest speakers, the 2018 String Ensemble Concerto Competition Winner, and the winning ensemble of the 2018 Rowan String Festival.

 

“Music is my connection to the world. It guides me to understand my place in relation to others and challenges me to make clear the things I do not understand. I imagine that music is a meeting place at which all people can converse about their unique differences and common stories.”

     -Jessie Montgomery