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A Host of Sparrows: Chatter Sunday at The Kosmos

On Sunday, Dec. 21, Chatter ABQ presents intense, compelling chamber music by Aaron Copland and Joseph Schwantner at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth Street NW). Under the baton of David Felberg, a large chamber ensemble will perform serialist composer and Pulitzer Prize-winner Schwantner’s Sparrows, an intriguing exploration of life among the birds using postmodern compositional techniques. These techniques include using all 12 tones, diverging harmonics and the rising-and-falling dynamics that one typically associates with airborne adventure.

The 10-piece orchestra includes soprano Ingele Onstad, Lynn Gorman (harp), Jesse Tatum (flute) and Jeff Cornelius and Hovey Corbin (percussion). Copland’s As It Fell Upon a Day, an early, complex work, will be contrasted with the composer’s vernacular, Americana piece Billy the Kid, transcribed for cello and piano and featuring the talents of James Holland (cello) and Tzufeng Liu (piano). Among other reasons, Copland is notable for his earnest exploration of many genres within art music, from modernist-influenced early work through his folksy musical narratives based on life in America. Later in his career, Copland also experimented with jazz and the blues, and his Four Piano Blues will be performed too. Local poet (and former Alibi arts editor) Erin Adair-Hodges begins the morning meditation at 10:30am. Prices range from $5-$15. The Kosmos • Sun Dec 21 • 10:30am • $5-$15 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar