About the Concerts
In March of 1999, the Minnesota Orchestra performed a new work (recently
composed and never before performed) by composer Libby Larsen and writer John
Coy that explored the nature of sounds in the environment and the ways these
sounds can be incorporated into a work of art.
Libby and John had help from students in creating the symphonic work!
The third and fourth-graders at four Minnesota schools helped John and Libby
"collect" sounds about beauty, quiet and din. Some of these sounds will be
used in the final piece. The work unfolds in six different sections (called
"movements"), taking its audience on a journey from quiet tranquility (listen
for a muted trumpet sound) to chaotic din, and playful moments of audience
participation. Even the name of the work invites participation. It asks, "What
Would You Call This Piece?".
This concert is a collaboration between the Minnesota Orchestra and the
Minnesota Science Museum. Guest conductor Michael Christie conducted the performances.