Songs of the Earth – Oak Brook
September 21, 2017
7:00 pm
Oak Brook
Mayslake Peabody Estate
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Picosa opens its fourth season with a timely musical statement in response to recent events in its concert titled “Songs of the Earth”.  The program opens with Howard Whitaker’s original work written for Picosa in 2017 titled This Vale of Tears which references the hope and faith that allows humanity to rise heavenward, overcoming the profound suffering of this world.  In the natural realm, Augusta Read Thomas’ virtuosic trio for violin, cello, and piano  …a circle around the sun… seems remarkably appropriate given the total eclipse that was witnessed on August 21st.   Rounding out the program are three classics: the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Francis Poulenc, the elegant Trois Aquarelles for flute, cello, and piano, and finally, the masterwork Appalachian Spring which is transcribed for the ensemble by Picosa’s Composer-in-Residence Jonathon Kirk from Aaron Copland’s original score for 13 instruments.  We hope you’ll join us for this wonderful program which celebrates the beauty and complexity of our world!


Howard Whitaker | This Vale of Tears (flute/clar/violin/cello/piano) 
Francis Poulenc | Clarinet Sonata (clarinet/piano)
Philippe Gaubert | Trois Aquarelles (flute/cello/piano) 
Augusta Read Thomas | …a circle around the sun…(violin/cello/piano)
Aaron Copland trans. Kirk | Appalachian Spring (flute/clar/violin/cello/piano)

Picosa Artists

Jennie Oh Brown | flute
Andrea R. DiOrio | clarinet
Elizabeth Brausa Brathwaite | violin
Patti Garvey | cello
Kuang-Hao Huang | piano
Jonathon Kirk | Composer-in-Residence

Picosa invites our audience members to bring a donation item to each of our concerts. Audience members will receive a $5 credit toward ticket prices at the door. There will also be information on Hesed House and be an opportunity to make a monetary donation at the concert.

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Please note : High school students and younger are free! Accompanying parents receive a discounted ticket of $10.