By Afton Wooten
“A New Song: Mythologies Past and Present” by Trevor Weston makes its world premiere by opening the Washington Bach Consort’s 45th season on Sept. 18, 2022.
Not only does this mark an important season, but “A New Song” is the Consort’s first commission. In “A New Song,” Weston explores the use of period instruments and voice styles mixed with past and present-day sounds.
About his composition, Weston remarks, “In graduate school, I performed in a choir that presented early music with a period instrument orchestra. It always struck me that new innovative approaches to music lived in both contemporary music and early music ensembles. My larger concern was to compose a piece that promotes thought through various musical movements using period instruments.”
Following the premiere is J.S. Bach’s secular cantata, “Geschwinde, geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde” BWV 201. Soloists include soprano Sherezade Panthaki, alto Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury, tenors Jacob Perry, Jr. and Patrick Kilbride, and basses Paul Max Tipton and Ian Pomerantz. Dr. Dana Marsh leads the Washington Bach Consort.
The concert will take place at the National Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. in Washington, DC.