August 20, 2021 | 6:00 PM
Poolside Concert at Michael David Winery Bare Ranch – SOLD OUT!

Enjoy summer air and sip award-winning wines while listening to the sounds of Stockton Symphony players in ensemble performances!

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Conductors & Performers

Orphic Percussion

Michael Downing, Sean Clark, Stuart Langsam, and Jonathan Latta, percussion

Program

Orphic, meaning beyond ordinary, describes the players and the music they perform.

  • Muse of Fire by Alexis Alrich  iii. Inferno
  • Stuck in Loops by Kenneth Froelich
  • a series of accidents by Shaun Tilburg
  • Celestial Dances by Stefan Cwik
  • Quartet for Four Snare Drums by Kevin Bobo

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Performances

Fri, August 20, 2021 at 6:00PM
Michael David Winery Bare Ranch
19877 N Davis Rd. Lodi, CA 95242

If you would like assistance purchasing tickets for patrons with disabilities, please call the box office at (209) 951-0196

Michael David Winery Reserved Seating

Event Description

Our second Musical Gatherings Series event is Friday, August 20th and is a Poolside Party featuring Orphic Percussion.

Orphic, meaning beyond ordinary, describes the players and the music they perform. Single tickets are $45.00 each. Seating is very limited.

This is a general admission performance. Seats are on a first come, first served basis when you arrive at the venue.

Doors open 1/2 hour prior to start of performance.

Program Details

  • Muse of Fire by Alexis Alrich  iii. Inferno
  • Stuck in Loops by Kenneth Froelich
  • a series of accidents by Shaun Tilburg*
  • Celestial Dances by Stefan Cwik
  • Quartet for Four Snare Drums by Kevin Bobo

Muse of Fire: InfernoMuse of Fire was composed by Alexis Alrich for the Impetus Percussion Quartet in 2015 and has become a fan favorite at Orphic concerts.  A native of California, Alexis also living in Hong Kong and Beijing as a music critic for more than a decade.  Our quartet discovered her by chance via a YouTube video of her marimba concerto which was performed by Evelyn Glennie.  The three-movement work draws heavily on the sonorities of Asian cultures; particularly those of China.  The movement you are hearing today is the third and final movement of the composition and, unlike the other movements, is scored entirely for keyboard percussion.  Her compositional style has been labeled as California impressionism and blends the more traditional Asian harmonies with a hint of rock-n-roll groove.

Stuck in Loops – Stuck in Loops, for mallet quartet, composed for Orphic Percussion, is inspired by the constant dying, restarting, and dying again that occurs in a very difficult video game. The opening gesture represents the starting point in a gameplay loop where multiple paths present themselves. Fittingly, this gesture appears numerous times throughout the work through a musical representation of death and repetition. Each path is represented as a section of music, containing unique challenges for the players to overcome. However, where in a video game trial-and-error is the only possible way to achieve success, in this composition success is inevitable as the work winds its way to a hard-fought conclusion.

a series of accidents “I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.” -Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan A posthumous collaboration of Kurt Vonnegut and Shaun Tilburg.  The Sirens of Titan, like many of Mr. Vonnegut’s works, explores the individual’s eternal struggle against forces they cannot resist, nor comprehend; he would challenge the notion that any of us truly has free will.

Celestial Dance for Percussion Quartet – Celestial Dance follows the odd genre of ‘Invocation and Dance’, a half dance form/half programmatic piece. The ‘invocation’ is in reference to the ritual of invoking, through song, a diety or spiritual power. The piece opens with ‘calls and incantations’ led by striking chords and flowing figurations. As the material from the invocation culminates we are led into our first dance, in triple meter, signaling the entrance of the spiritual presence. This is also signaled by the entrance of the kick drum. We are presented with two themes in two different harmonic areas. Once developed, the energy begins to pool even more and the tempo is kicked up into an even more spirited dance, in duple meter. At this point the energy of the dance, while still developing our two themes, is continually raised, climaxing at the end of the entire piece when the spiritual presence has synthesized with the human presence and the ritual is now complete. Celestial Dance was heavily inspired by electronic dace music, specifically techno and tech-house. The incessant driving beat of the kick drum and the focus on building textures slowly through repeated rhythmic patterns, with a series of breakdowns and climaxes, is a hallmark of the electronic dance music genre.

Quartet for Four Snare Drums –  An energetic and exciting work written in 2000, ‘Quartet’ features a variety of rudimental style figures including flams, diddles, buzzes, various sticking patterns, and both open and closed rolls.  Woven within this rhythmically driving work are short composed solo breaks for each player, and a central “free” section in which individual parts emerge and submerge into a continuous texture

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