“For a number of years now I have been programming concerts by following the lines traced by my own curiosity about composers’ relationships with one another as teachers, mentors and friends. I see the relationships and bonds that exist between the composers with whom I collaborate, and have become keenly aware of the significance of these relationships musically, personally and professionally. To what extent these exchanges play a role in determining what and how composers write, is intriguing to me; whether they manifest distinctly in harmony and structure, and whether the music either hints at influence or does not betray its associations at all, these connections have become an important entry point for me interpretively and programmatically.
This program presents music that through connection and contrast, outlines a series of relationships extending from three significant European figures into North American cello music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and is in all cases music that I love and have relished exploring. I feel fortunate and happy to have worked with all the living composers whose work is represented here. My time with each one of them has informed the playing, shaped the program and enriched my experience throughout the project. I thank them all for their time and support. “” -Cellist Caroline Stinson, original text here.