BUFFALO, N.Y. â€“ SUNY Distinguished Professor David Felderâ€™s new orchestral piece â€œDie DÃ¤mmerungenâ€� will receive its world premiere in a pair of performances by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of JoAnn Falletta at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Kleinhans Music Hall.
The extended four-movement work muses on various forms of twilight, with each movement framed by accompanying poetic inscriptions, including those of William Carlos Williams, Dana Gioia, and the Book of Psalms, as well as Frederick Nietzscheâ€™s â€œTwilight of the Idols.â€�
â€œIt had been about 20 years since Iâ€™ve written for [the BPO], and so with the time thatâ€™s gone in between, Iâ€™ve learned and changed quite a bit as an artist, so this new piece reflects those changes,â€� says Felder in a video that explores the new work.
For Felder, widely recognized as one of the leading composers of his generation, twilight (â€œDie DÃ¤mmerungenâ€� translates from German as twilights) is an encompassing theme that speaks to a recurring diurnal nature as easily as it references sweeping representations of place, position and time of life.
What: World premiere of David Felderâ€™s â€œDie DÃ¤mmerungenâ€�
Who: The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta
Where: Kleinhans Music Hall
When: Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m.
Note: UB faculty, staff and students and residents of East Aurora, Felderâ€™s hometown, will receive a 30% discount for tickets purchased online through the BPOâ€™s website by using the code FELDER30.