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Salom Orchestra with Ila Pilawal at Kennedy Center, Washington DC

  • The Kennedy Center 2700 F Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20566 United States (map)

Recipient of the 2011 Leonard Bernstein Award, First Prize Winner of the Walter E. Naumburg Viola Competition and the 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant, David Aaron Carpenter is widely considered one of the most talented and charismatic musicians of his generation.
A relative newcomer on the classical music scene, the electrifying conductor-less string ensemble Salomé Chamber Orchestra was founded by the Carpenter siblings (violinists Sean and Lauren and violist David) and consists of top-ranking graduates from acclaimed U.S. music schools. Its intelligent, artistic, and interdisciplinary approach to music-making produces refreshing and vibrant performances. According to Lauren Carpenter, the Salomé musicians perform standing, "to encourage people to be much more communicative and physical when playing."
For their Fortas debut, they bring their high-energy, virtuoso style to a program called "Seasons and Gems," featuring excerpts from different sets of four musical seasons, each from a different region of the world. From Italy, excerpts from Vivaldi's Four Seasons; from Argentina, excerpts from Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires; and from New York, a new work by Alexey Shor, Four Seasons of Manhattan. The Vivaldi and Piazzolla excerpts are in versions for viola. They also welcome classically trained Indian vocalist Ila Paliwal and her Indian music ensemble for four selections from her debut CD, Navaratna ("Nine Gems").