Wings Of Fire World Premiere

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Wings Of Fire World Premiere
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The endangered Kirtland's Warbler inspired Charles Rochester Young to compose Wings of Fire for flute, harp and string quartet, the centerpiece of this concert. The program includes Vivaldi: Il Cardellino, Debussy: Danses, Foote: Nocturne and Scherzo, and movements from Bach: Suite in b minor.

Megan Meisenbach, flute
Elaine Barber, harp
Cordova Quartet

Tickets are $20, cash or check at the door. Free parking at Co-op Garage.

from the composer:
Wings of Fire is inspired by the present and future generations of the Kirtland's Warbler. An endangered species, the Kirtland's Warbler has been the focus of much attention over the last 25 years because of its rarity and its need for a specific habitat.

The Kirtland's Warbler annually migrates from the Bahamas to a small region in north central Michigan. This region of Michigan is ideal for the Kirtland's Warbler since it has prime soil, food, and ground cover for nesting. Most importantly, Kirtland's Warblers require nesting grounds of fire-swept stands of pine trees from five to eighteen feet in height, whose cones have opened and released their seeds. As a result, the Kirtland's Warbler has acquired the nickname "bird of fire."

The Kirtland's Warbler is the ideal symbol of the fragility and resilience of the landscape around us. This work is a musical tribute to these remarkable "wings of fire" and to their equally remarkable nesting songs.
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