Duo della Luna

Duo della LunaMusic
Duo della Luna
Sunday, October 27, 2 p.m.
Music Box

The Duo della Luna — vocalist/composer Susan Botti and violinist Airi Yoshioka — present a program of intimate contemporary music featuring the world premiere of Dream Prayer Lullaby by Linda Dusman, and works by Béla Bartók, Susan Botti, and Kaija Saariaho. The music the duo performs celebrates the natural world, expressing a love of myth and storytelling. In addition to contemporary works that explore these themes, the Duo della Luna also incorporates arrangements of folk songs for their universal, timeless messages.

The complete program includes:

Selected duets — Béla Bartók
Mangetsu — Susan Botti
Wa-lie-oh — Meredith Monk
Changing Light — Kaija Saariaho
Dream Prayer Lullaby for solo violin — Linda Dusman (world premiere)
Wayfaring Stranger (arranged by Susan Botti)
Triptych of Gossips — Linda Dusman
Two Italian folk songs (arranged by Susan Botti)

As composer and performer, Susan Botti’s eclectic background and experiences are reflected in her music. Her musical explorations have encompassed traditional, improvisational and non-classical composition and singing styles. Botti is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Rome Prize; and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Aaron Copland Fund, NY Foundation for the Arts, The Greenwall Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. She was the third Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow with the Cleveland Orchestra. Additional orchestral commissions include works for the New York Philharmonic, and The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Hailed by the Gramophone Magazine as “brilliant and intrepid”, violinist Airi Yoshioka has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. Deeply committed to chamber music, she is the founding member of the Damocles Trio and Modigliani Quartet and has performed and recorded with the members of the Emerson, Brentano and Arditti Quartets. Her solo and chamber performances can be heard on Naxos, New World, Claves, Mode, Albany, Neuma, and Pony Canyon records labels.


Admission is free.


Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, free visitor parking is available in Lot 8, directly adjacent to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, where the Music Box is located.

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