Stephen Hartke’s Muse of the Missouri Premiere in KC

The Muse of the Missouri

In the program notes, Hartke relates the story behind Muse of the Missouri: “This proved to be a congenial assignment that happened to coincide with the end of a four-year stint as visiting Laureate Composer at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, so I see it as a tribute to a place for which I have great affection and where I now have many friends.” The piece is dedicated to Conductor Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony.

The premiere takes place on June 15, 2012 with the third in a series of world-premiere concerts celebrating the “City of Fountains.” Muse of the Missouri actually takes its title from one such fountain located at 8th and Main in KC, but as the composer writes, “the piece is really more about the city and its surroundings. It begins gently with an evocation of the Missouri River and then unfolds as something of a journey through a landscape…new scenes appearing around corners and then earlier ones suddenly seen again from a different vantage point.”

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