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Joe Hill: 16 Actions for Chamber Orchestra & Voice. By Wayne Horvitz
Article published on 28 October 2004

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Joe Hill for Chamber Orchestra, Male Voice, Female Voice and Soloist

In the tradition of Aaron Copland and Charles Ives, renowned Seattle composer Wayne Horvitz reworks contemporary chamber music by incorporating themes from the American folk tradition and songs from the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World).

Inspired by Wallace Stegner’s novel Joe Hill

Text by Flying Karamozov Brothers’ Paul Magid

"Motivated by Hill’s character and lyrics, composer Wayne Horvitz and writer Paul Magid revive the life story and the struggle for workers basic rights led by the Industrial Workers of the World Organization on the west coast at that time. This extraordinary piece incorporates traditional church hymns, folk tunes, thought-provoking text and Joe Hill’s songs in the context of a contemporary approach to the classical chamber orchestra. The culmination of all these musical styles sets the mood of the era, culture and people who contributed to America’s labor." (Sacks & Co. News)

World Premiere on October 30, 2004. Presented by UW World Series and the Earshot Jazz Festival at Meany Hall in Seattle, Washington.

Horvitz’ contemporary chamber orchestral music

Interpreted by noted jazz/folk guitarist Bill Frisell (soloist), singers Robin Holcomb and Danny Barnes as well as members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.


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