Andrew Hudson (Clarinet)–”Gifts of the Magi” - ‘Gifts of the Magi’ is a dynamic experience for solo clarinetist and audience that explores the prophetic nature of the gifts to the infant Jesus. Born in a Bethlehem stable, the Christ child is presented with three gifts from mysterious travelers who followed the light of a wondrous star: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These gifts have come to be understood as symbolic of greater themes in the life of Jesus: gold for his divinity, frankincense for his willingness to suffer, myrrh for his mortality. Featuring music by Eric Mandat, Steve Reich, Franco Donatoni, Salvatore Sciarrino, and earspace’s own Ledah Finck, ’gifts of the magi’ inaugurates the holiday season with a shared journey of pilgrims – symbolically and literally – through several works of art given to the Ackland Art Museum’s current exhibition Birthday Presents, presented in connection with the Museum’s sixtieth anniversary. Interspersed with poetry and reflection, our journey – in turn reflective, somber, and stirring – will direct us inward to consider the sacred and profane implications of our own being.
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