Expedition #7: Home
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Ninth Planet’s fourth season opens with a program examining our relationships to home and comfort, featuring the winning composition of the 2022 Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composer’s Award nosotros hemos puesto los muertos by Gabriel José Bolaños, the composer’s anguished response to political violence in his home country Nicaragua. Paired with this is Allison Loggins-Hull’s Homeland, which asks what home means during domestic tragedy or violence, when the very concept of home has disintegrated. On the lighter side is friendship and the comfort of the everyday: Jessie Montgomery’s Duo for violin and cello is an ode to friendship, while Nico Muhly describes his piece How About Now as “a sort of thrown-together meal with close friends.” Missy Mazzoli’s Magic With Everyday Objects is about finding beauty and rapture in the midst of chaos, and about acknowledging the chaos that lies just beneath the surface of beauty.