Brave New Worlds: Fin de Siècle and Modernism

Musical works act as aural records of turning points in the human story. This concert series offers a number of the most celebrated works of the canon, some reflecting major developments in thought and philosophy, and others showing the before and after of cataclysm.

Across four performances, the faculty and musicians of ANAM explore the breadth of political upheaval in music, from the enlightenment utopias of Mozart to the music born out of world war, to music birthed from revolution and protest, join us for this revolutionary journey to Brave New Worlds.

In 1900 André Caplet captured the mood of fin de siècle Paris in his Suite Persane – lush, exotic and shamelessly hedonistic. But this sweet indulgence was too good to last. Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring seems to have intuited the approaching barbarism of World War I, and Satie’s crazy Parade from the other side of that political disaster, replete with typewriter and pistol shots, rushes in like a breath of fresh air, blowing away the cobwebs of the past and defiantly proclaiming the arrival of the modern world. 

André CAPLET Suite Persane 
Germaine TAILLEFERRE Pastorale
Germaine TAILLEFERRE Forlane
Erik SATIE Parade
Igot STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring, arranged for piano duet

Timothy Young (ANAM Head of Piano) director/piano
Carla Blackwood (ANAM Faculty) horn
ANAM Musicians

The Brave New Worlds concert series is generously supported by Arnis and Robin Dzedins

Timothy Young’s ANAM Faculty position is supported by an anonymous donor

Photo by Pia Johnson


For this event, tickets booked in advance are offered on a "pay what you wish" basis. In addition to a Standard price, we offer the option of paying A Little Extra for those who would like to contribute a little more, as well as the option of paying A Little LessRead more about the change here.

If you are booking over the phone, simply tell us your preferred ticket price. Tickets purchased at the door will be available at the Standard price and are subject to availability.

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