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Classical Californians: Kris Bowers

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Willy Sanjuan

Our next Classical Californian is composer Kris Bowers, who in addition to providing music for the films Chevalier, Green Book and the show Bridgerton has in recent years been producing films, including the Oscar-winning Short Documentary The Last Repair Shop, and the autobiographical A Concerto is a Conversation. He's selected an interesting lineup of music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Jessie Montgomery, Joseph Bologne (Chevalier de Saint-Georges), Gabriella Smith, and more.

He begins with the second movement of the Violin Concerto by Erich Wolfgang Korngold...

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Korngold: Violin Concerto (mvt. 2)

Next, it's the ensemble Sandbox Percussion playing a work by Jason Treuting called Extremes.

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Jason Treuting: Extremes

Kris Bowers scored the film that depicted the life of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, called Chevalier, and shared this movement from Bologne's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 3 No. 1.

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Bologne: Violin Concerto Op. 3 No. 1 (Adagio)

Next, it's an inventive work for string quartet by composer Gabriella Smith, called Carrot Revolution, played by the Aizuri Quartet.

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Gabriella Smith: Carrot Revolution

Jessie Montgomery's Starburst is next, a piece for string orchestra she wrote in 2012.

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Jessie Montgomery: Starburst

To end, it's a contemplative piece called And Then It Rained by the ensemble called Bing & Ruth.

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Bing & Ruth: And Then It Rained

Some final thoughts...

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Published on 06.26.2024