Grammy-winning guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux will give the world premiere performances of composer Dan Visconti’s guitar concerto Living Language with the California Symphony in two performances led by Music Director Donato Cabrera on Friday, May 6 at 7:30pm at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center in Yountville and Sunday, May 8 at 4pm at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. The concerts also include Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and Philip Glass’ Company for String Orchestra.
Commissioned by the California Symphony, Living Language follows Visconti's Devil's Strum, a blues-infused work for solo guitar that he wrote for Jason in 2010. Jason has performed Devil's Strum widely and recorded it for this program of New Sounds.
Dan Visconti, who is in the midst of three years as the California Symphony’s Young American Composer-in-Residence, won the prestigious Koussevitzky Award for Living Language, presented by the Library of Congress in November. He says of the piece, “Living Language will explore an inversion of the typical concerto format, where the orchestra normally exposes material with the soloist elaborating and commenting; to the contrary, my piece will explore the orchestra as a kind of echo chamber that passes around gestures that all originate from the guitar soloist's melodic material.” Richmond Symphony, Reading Symphony, and Fort Wayne Philharmonic have also scheduled future performances of the piece.