Why Do Animals Sing? Bugs, Birds and Whales

David Rothenberg has written several books including Why Birds Sing, Bug Music, Thousand Mile Song, and Survival of the Beautiful. He has played his amplified clarinet underwater with whales, with nightingales in Berlin and traveled the world speaking on the subject of the musical connection between humans and animals. Between all pieces, he will share his expertise and recordings of bees, birds and whales, providing fascinating connections to human music. We have commissioned him to write a piece for this concert based on our State Bird, the Loon. The piece is entitled Loon Asylum because that is what you call a group of loons.

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Wasps Overture (beginning only)

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Flight of the Bumble Bee

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68
II By the Brook
Beethoven portrayed nightingale, quail and cuckoo using flute, oboe and clarinet.

RESPIGHI: Pines of Rome
III I pini del Gianicolo (The Pines of the Janiculum)
Respighi includes actual tape of nightingale


HOVHANESS: And God Created Great Whales
Includes recordings of whale songs

Free, no ticket required. Donations gratefully accepted. Please join us for a reception following the concert to meet the musicians.