How do we treat such tales? Is an unconditional idealist like Dido suitable as a role model for a democratic society that embraces values like tolerance – and as such is compelled to accept compromise? How do we deal with the legacy of Sam Melville, portrayed by Frederic Rzewski in “Coming Together”, who wrote beautifully poetic letters while in prison for setting off bombs that injured 19 people?
This concert invites you to confront your own ideals. In this program, slanted dissonance interrupts baroque artistry, and the noise of modernity crashes into the flowery perfection of ideals. Kalle Kalima’s compositions are symbols of change – the balancing act between ideals and reality requires improvisation.
Kalima Louhi for guitar and string orchestra | Purcell Dido & Aeneas (excerpt) | Kalima ‘Remember me’ from: Dido & Aeneas Remembered, a production by Opéra de Lyon | Rzewski Coming Together for speakers and ensemble
Claron McFadden soprano | Kalle Kalima electric guitar | Ensemble Resonanz |