Media Advisory: David Felder’s new orchestral work to receive its world premiere this weekend by the BPO

Release Date: October 4, 2019

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David Felder head shot.
“It had been about 20 years since I’ve written for [the BPO], and so with the time that’s gone in between, I’ve learned and changed quite a bit as an artist, so this new piece reflects those changes. ”
David Felder
SUNY Distinguished Professor of Music

BUFFALO, N.Y. – SUNY Distinguished Professor David Felder’s new orchestral piece “Die Dämmerungen” will receive its world premiere in a pair of performances by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of JoAnn Falletta at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Kleinhans Music Hall.

The extended four-movement work muses on various forms of twilight, with each movement framed by accompanying poetic inscriptions, including those of William Carlos Williams, Dana Gioia, and the Book of Psalms, as well as Frederick Nietzsche’s “Twilight of the Idols.”

“It had been about 20 years since I’ve written for [the BPO], and so with the time that’s gone in between, I’ve learned and changed quite a bit as an artist, so this new piece reflects those changes,” says Felder in a video that explores the new work.

For Felder, widely recognized as one of the leading composers of his generation, twilight (“Die Dämmerungen” translates from German as twilights) is an encompassing theme that speaks to a recurring diurnal nature as easily as it references sweeping representations of place, position and time of life.

What: World premiere of David Felder’s “Die Dämmerungen”

Who: The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta

Where: Kleinhans Music Hall

When: Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m.

Note: UB faculty, staff and students and residents of East Aurora, Felder’s hometown, will receive a 30% discount for tickets purchased online through the BPO’s website by using the code FELDER30.

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