Shai Wosner, pianoFriday, December 04, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center300 South Broad Street Learn More
About This Performance
Variations on a Theme by FDR is a collection of newly commissioned works by five American composers. The theme is a quote from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s address to the Daughters of the American Revolution: “Remember, remember always, that all of us… are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” Each contribution to this new collection is a “variation” on this theme, with each composer employing the story of a specific immigrant as inspiration. Beethoven used a similar idea to test his creative powers when he accepted Anton Diabelli’s invitation to write a variation on a simple C Major waltz, the proceeds from which were to support orphans and widows of the Napoleonic Wars.
Variations on a Theme by FDR
Beethoven: 33 Variations On a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120
Philadelphia Premieres/PCMS Co-Commissions by Bermel, Iyer, Cheung, Lu, and Harbison