Thanks to Patrick Wall for the nice blurb on Red hot sun turning over in the Columbia Free Times. Hopefully folks will come out on Sunday and check out the piece!
Red hot sun turning over: on Southern myths, monuments, and histories finds composer David Kirkland Garner (he of the excellent Dark Holler) continuing his work interpreting the sounds and songs of the South, but here he’s chewing on meatier topics. The sweeping 80-minute multimedia work turns its critical eye toward divisive political and historical issues — namely, the current debate around Confederate monuments in the South — using archival recordings from the Library of Congress and the University of South Carolina Moving Image Resource Center, statistical data and quotations and references across the spectrum of American music (e.g., Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Stephen Foster, Ralph Stanley) to inform its oeuvre. Garner’s work gets its premiere tonight at the Koger Center; it’s performed by the far-reaching University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble. (Of note: This is conductor Scott Weiss’ final concert leading the ensemble. His work with the ensemble has been extraordinary.) The concert begins at 4 p.m.; admission is free. Visit music.sc.edu for more information. — Patrick Wall