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Synergy Series

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Synergy is the interaction of two or more things to produce an effect greater than the sum of its part. For SummerFest 2021 we are excited to show you how beautifully chamber music combines with gospel, film, jazz, and visual art. Every time you enter The Conrad to experience the Synergy Initiative, you will be entering a unique space where the boundaries between art forms are shattered and replaced with rare pairings that will give you a fresh perspective on what live performance can be.

Conceived of and produced by Inon Barnatan and Clara Wu Tsai

Kings Return

Synergy I:
Goin’ Home

Spirituals and the Music They Inspire

Saturday, July 31, 2021 • 7:30 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

A one-of-a-kind event featuring spirituals, old and new, sung by sensational gospel quartet Kings Return, interwoven with string works by Wynton Marsalis, Florence Price, Harry Burleigh, and Antonin Dvorak performed by an all-star cast of string players. After the performance Kings Return will perform a postlude in the Wu Tsai QRT.yrd.


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DVORÁK · Goin’ Home (arr. Barnatan)

WILLIS · Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

SPIRITUAL · Go Down Moses

PRICE · Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

TRADITIONAL · Shenandoah

SPIRITUAL · Motherless Child

DVORÁK · “American” String Quintet

TAYLOR · I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

SPIRITUAL · Joshua fit the battle of Jericho

BURLEIGH · An Ante-Bellum Sermon


LOWRY · Shall We Gather At The River?

SPIRITUAL · Goin’ Home

DVORÁK · “American” String Quintet

idealized landscapes

Synergy II:
Idealized Landscapes

Music and Film

Saturday, August 7, 2021 • 7:30 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

Composers, photographers, performers, and filmmakers collaborate to capture the American landscape. Featuring Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite and music by Charles Ives, Caroline Shaw, John Williams, and Gabriela Lena Frank.


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IVES · The Unanswered Question
(Film by Ethan Bensdorf)​

CAROLINE SHAW · Plan & Elevation: The Grounds of Dumbarton Oaks
(Film by Tristan Cook)

(Film featuring Molly Katzman & Co.) 

I N T E R M I S S I O N​

JOHN WILLIAMS · Air and Simple Gifts 

COPLAND · Appalachian Spring Suite

aaron diehl Maria Jarzyna

Synergy III:
Rhapsodies in Blues

Jazz and Classical Converge

Sunday, August 8, 2021 • 3:00 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

An enthralling afternoon blurring the lines between Jazz and Classical. Featuring Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, plus works by Ravel, Bernstein, Williams, and more.


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RAVEL · Blues

SCHULLER · Suite for Wind Quintet

MILHAUD · La création du monde

WILLIAMS ·  Zodiac Suite

BERNSTEIN · Riffs for Clarinet, Piano, Bass, and Drums

GERSHWIN · Rhapsody in Blue

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Synergy IV:
Grand Duos

Music and Interactive Art

Thursday, August 19, 2021 • 7:30 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

An extraordinarily unique concert featuring a genre-bending world première by trailblazing Israeli-American composer Tamar Muskal: a concerto for percussionist Steven Schick, chamber ensemble, and computer-animated wooden mirror by artist Daniel Rozin, plus more by Mozart and Chausson.


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MOZART · Grande Sestetto Concertante in E-flat Major

TAMAR MUSKAL · Facing the Automaton

CHAUSSON · Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet