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iMusic 13: Burning Ice - An Earth Day Celebration Concert

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Saturday, April 24, 2021 | 3:00 P.M. | Livestream

iMusic 13: Burning Ice - An Earth Day Celebration

The iMusic series returns with a family-friendly livestream celebrating Earth Day. Under the leadership of its Advisory Council, Master Players continues to artistically express its deep concern for the environment through music, literature, and visual art. “Burning Ice” will allow you to enjoy the beauty of our planet with never-before-seen footage that underscores the issues we face unless serious actions are taken in the present. U.S. Senator Tom Carper (DE), Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, will share the U.S. commitment under UD alumnus U.S. President Joe Biden to the well-being of the planet and new ideas from the committee on how to protect the environment for future generations. Master Players founding director Xiang Gao will co-host this event with guest speaker Andrea Razdan, a proud member of the Navajo Nation who will share stories about our planet from a Native American perspective.

This event will include the largest number of UD faculty and alumni performers, composers, and visual artists in iMusic’s 13-year history, and will feature world premieres of original and reimagined music in the genres of baroque, romantic, funk, jazz, film soundtrack, and more, with some of the most advanced audio and visual technology known to the industry of live performing arts today.

Duration: 70 minutes, no intermission, ages 5+

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Check out this video of Master Players Director Xiang Gao talking about the history of iMusic and his inspiration for our upcoming iMusic 13 event on April 24!

About the Compositions

Kaitiaki by Jennifer Margaret Barker

Scottish-American composer and UD faculty composer Jennifer Margaret Barker hopes to convey the idea that we are caretakers of this planet for the next generation.

"It took some time to settle on the title of the work, Kaitiaki. Due to the close connection of indigenous peoples to nature, I wanted to use an Inuit term for the title of the work. In the end, however, I became more drawn to the Maori term, Kaitiaki, which means 'guardian' and is a word that the Maori people use to describe their newborn children. They call them 'guardians' of the land and the peoples, which aptly aligns with our theme for the work."

The work will incorporate recordings of whales, as they are known for their "singing." The piece will feature UD Master Players founding director Xiang Gao, as well as his daughter, Sammi Gao, as a second violinist, as a representation of the way whales communicate with their offspring. The composition will also include wind faculty, as well as soprano Dr. Noël Archambeault singing a short "vocalise" for a mythological Siren.

Click here to read Jennifer's bio!

Burnt by Adam Baumol

This composition for three violins and five percussionists was composed by Adam Baumol, a Seattle-based UD alumnus composer, and former student of Dr. Barker. Inspired by David Attenborough's docufilm "Our Planet," this work will bring the audience deep into the forest to experience the "after-dark light-show parties" produced by many species.

Click here to read Adam's bio!

​Bach's Chaconne, arranged by Alex Jiheng Bi

Bi is another former student of Dr. Barker, and this arrangement and music video express the urgent global concern surrounding our planet's melting glaciers. Featured artists include UD faculty cellist Larry Stomberg and two UD alumni, soprano Lauren Conrad and countertenor Augustine Mercante.

Click here to learn more about Alex!

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