René Clausen world premiere
Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 pm
NDSU Festival Concert Hall
Dr. René Clausen, professor of choral music at Concordia College in Moorhead and Grammy Award-winning composer and choral conductor, was commissioned by the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony in 2018 to write a new piece for orchestra and chorus, and also to be the guest conductor of the April 2019 Masterworks concert in the absence of Music Director Christopher Zimmerman. The resulting piece, titled Before the Whirlwind, is new compositional territory for Dr. Clausen. Instead of his customary sacred texts forming the backbone of the piece, this composition is truly an orchestral tone poem. In his own words:
“This is a piece that evokes the geological history of our Red River Valley. Dr. Roy Hammering, a wonderful and provocative poet (he is a medievalist) has been creating some original poetry that has the tone of the sacred earth as experienced by the Native American culture... I found out some interesting geologic history of the Red River Valley and particularly Lake Agassiz. It is like a big movie score with lots of picturesque music!”
We are thrilled to collaborate with this giant in the musical world, and eagerly look forward to bringing this stunning new work to life under his baton.