Basile Theater, Indiana History Center
I am, I’ll admit, irrational in my love for Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville Summer of 1915.” With text taken from James Agee’s book “A Death in the Family” (one of the handful that I reread every few years), it sets to music the author’s haunting meditation on mortality, as his narrator recalls idle moments with his family on a summer evening—tempered with the knowledge that all of it, some day, will pass. “By some chance, here they are, all on this earth;” writes Agee, “and who shall ever tell the sorrow of being on this earth, lying, on quilts, on the grass in a summer evening, among the sounds of the night.”
Pianist Grace Fong joins the ICO for a concert, which also includes Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 in A Minor (the Scottish symphony). Details here.