Wolf Trap Foundation and National Symphony Orchestra Commission New work by Paquito D’Rivera

The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra have commissioned a new work from renowned Latin jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer Paquito D’Rivera. Entitled “The Journey”, the new work is a concerto for cello, clarinet, erhu and orchestra. Yo-Yo Ma, cello, and Paquito D’Rivera, clarinet, will be joined by Cathy Yang, erhu, and the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by José Luis Gomez

D’Rivera comments, “As a child, my parents used to take us to a quaint restaurant in Havana’s Chinatown called ‘El Pacífico’, on the top floor of a building where different Chinese cultural societies met. So I remember that in riding in this tiny cage-like elevator, mixed with the aroma of orchids, jasmine rice with black beans and the laundry room downstairs, we could hear different groups of Chinese musicians rehearsing together, playing on traditional instruments. of the Erhu has always caught my attention and has remained forever etched in my memory. Many years later, when I wrote this concerto, I took the opportunity to use – on the second and third movements – the sonorities mystics of this Chinese stringed instrument to mingle with the Jazz elements as well as with melodies, harmonies and rhythmic cells from Brazil and Afro-Cuban traditions.”

“The Journey” is a moving tribute to the impoverished Chinese people who, along with Africans, arrived in America under such precarious conditions and contributed enormously to the arts and culture of the New World.”

The world premiere will take place at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center on Thursday, September 8. Tickets are available here.

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Maria D. Ervin