PME concert announcement
- [There will be some a cappella music in this concert.]
CONCERT TO HONOR THE 75th ANNIVERSARIES OF
THE FLIGHT OF THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS
AND THE OPENING OF SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT
The Pacific Mozart Ensemble
The San Francisco Airport Museum of Aviation and
The Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet Museum
recreate the historic radio broadcast of
Kurt Weill's "The Flight of Lindbergh"
On March 8, 9 and 10, 2002, The Pacific Mozart Ensemble will recreate a
unique moment in which the history of aviation, broadcasting and music
came together. In 1930, the BBC and Radio Paris, via relays from Berlin
Radio, broadcast Der Lindberghflüg, a radio cantata by Berthold Brecht
and Kurt Weill celebrating the aviator's heroic solo flight from New York
to Paris in 1927. The original German language broadcast, recorded on
steel tape, is believed to be the earliest surviving broadcast from
This dramatic radio play for orchestra, chorus and soloists was broadcast
with narration in German, French and English, as it was heard in Germany,
France and England. This original version of the work, created for the
Baden-Baden Music Festival of 1929, contained several movements by Paul
Hindemith, subsequently replaced by Weill with his own. The Ensemble's
performance will recreate the three-language narration, but will use the
revised musical score.
The year 2002 will be the 75th anniversary of Lindbergh's flight. It is
also the 75th anniversary of the year in which both the San Francisco and
Oakland Airports opened. The completion of the San Francisco Airport's
new International Terminal, with its Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum,
creates an opportunity to present this concert in a historically
The Museum is a two-thirds scale recreation of many elements of the
Passenger Waiting Room of the 1937 San Francisco Airport Administration
Building. This space is ideal for the concert, not only because of the
visual and acoustic properties of its marble surfaces, but also because
the dramatic staircase and mezzanine provide perfect positions for the
chorus and soloists.
The largest and most decorated US vessel in the Second World War is the
Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet. She also became the most important
peacetime vessel in the world when, as the primary Apollo recovery ship,
she retrieved the first men to walk on the moon. The Hangar Deck of the
Hornet, now permanently moored at Alameda, is the venue for the
performance in the East Bay. The two-inch thick steel decks make a grand
acoustic space, and the setting couldn't be more appropriate to celebrate
the history of flight.
In addition to the Weill, the concert will include Vessels from the
Philip Glass score for the film Koyaanisqatsi. The Pacific Mozart
Ensemble presented the West Coast concert premiere of this work in 1988.
The excerpt from the film, showing dramatic telephoto footage of a
jetliner landing, will be shown as the Ensemble performs the music.
To commemorate the Hornet's participation in the space program, the
Ensemble will perform Meredith Monk's Astronaut Anthem. PME has played
a pivotal role in the introduction of live performance of Ms. Monk's
music in the Bay Area, having presented the West Coast premieres of many
of her works, and the Ensemble paved the way for her music to be
performed by the San Francisco Symphony.
Also on the program are excerpts from the scores of two recent
blockbuster productions about WWII, John Williams' Saving Private Ryan
and Michael Kamen's Band of Brothers. Both of these prolific film
composers chose to use the same effect: a chorus without words as part of
The concert will include another PME West Coast premiere. From New York's
Bang on a Can Festival, come the composition Lost Objects, composed by
Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe. PME has premiered David
Lang's work several time before in the Bay Area. This short excerpt is
titled Amelia, Flying.
Friday, March 8, 2002 7:30 PM
Pier 3, Alameda Point, Alameda
Located at the former Naval Air Station
Saturday, March 9, 2002 7:30 PM
The Green Room
The Veterans War Memorial Bldg.
401 Van Ness @ MacAllister, San Francisco
Sunday, March 10, 2002 5:00 PM
San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and
Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum
San Francisco International Airport
New International Terminal, SE corner of the departure level lobby
General admission $20
Special group rate for 10 or more tickets.
Please call for more information (415) 705-0848
To order tickets, call (415) 705-0848 or order from our website
Jim Hale, B. A., M. S.
guitarist, singer, arranger
a cappella specialist
developer of VoiceView
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