June 19, 2017
Tessa Lark to premiere "Love Letters," new work by Michael Thurber
Lauren Desberg

On February 18, 2018, Tessa Lark will perform the world premiere of Love Letters, a new work for violin and orchestra by Michael Thurber, with Indiana’s Carmel Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Music Director Janna Hymes. Love Letters was written specifically for Tessa and incorporates elements of jazz, hip-hop, and rock as well as the fiddling tradition of her native Kentucky—a tradition that the violinist frequently showcases along with pieces from her large classical repertoire in both recitals and concerto engagements. Two other works on the Carmel Symphony’s February concert will also feature Tessa: Mozart’s Adagio in E Major, K. 261, and Saint-Saens’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.

Thurber is a New York-based composer and instrumentalist who has written for The Public Theater, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and the YouTube channel CDZA, which he co-founded. He is also an accomplished doublebassist and appeared regularly on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Thurber’s first full-orchestra composition, The Three Musketeers, was premiered live in March 2015 on a National Public Radio broadcast by From The Top, featuring the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra and four featured soloists: pianist Kris Bowers, violinist Charles Yang, clarinetist Mark Dover, and Thurber himself on doublebass.

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