As part of their summer concert series, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site presented the Arianna Quartet on Sunday afternoon, August 21, at 2:00 in the Little Studio on the grounds of the park.
As part of the concert, the quartet premiered my new work ...into the blue which was commissioned by the Trustees of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial.
Celebrating the history of the Cornish Colony and the work of its central figure, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, …into the blue attempts to capture elements of the landscape, artwork, and friendships that are memorialized at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. The three main sections of the piece are connected by cello solos and performed as one continuous movement. The first section (between the daylight and your dreams) depicts the pastoral surroundings that drew the colony members to the area, while the second section (imagined and immortal forms) focuses specifically on some of Saint-Gaudens most celebrated monuments (Shaw, Sherman, and Adams). The final portion (playful badinage) captures the pomp and whimsy of the “Masque of Ours” which the community produced together for their ‘patron', and the titles of the interior sections are all drawn from the prologue to that masque.