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Special Event: What’s In A Song?

  • Charles Smith Wines 35 South Spokane Street Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Bicentennial Work by American Original, Frederic Rzewski

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Songs are potent. Some are ridiculous (i.e., a stadium of baseball fans doing the Macarena ca. early April 1996). Others are solemn (i.e., that same stadium of baseball fans standing for God Bless America ca. late September 2001). In either case, songs express immensity through a medium of inherent brevity.

To explore the potency of song, we have a great American pianist, Conor Hanick, playing the work of a great American composer, Fredric Rzewski (pronounced “CHEF-skee”). The People United Will Never Be Defeated! is a work for solo piano premiered by Ursula Oppens during the Bicentennial celebration of 1976 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Its generative material is a protest song of the same name, born of struggle in the wake of the 1973 coup d’état that resulted in Augusto Pinochet’s rise to power in Chile.

Taking the form of a theme and 36 variations, the work serves as a striking example of just how much can be contained in a single song. Conor Hanick makes his WWCMF debut in this rare opportunity to hear this great work live in its entirety.


Artist: Conor Hanick, piano


Doors open at 5 PM.

GENERAL ADMISSION $30

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Later Event: January 19
Tasting Music: Grand Tour