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Handel—Rivers of Inspiration
Chance of Rain by California Symphony’s 2020-23 Composer in Residence Viet Cuong, receives its highly anticipated world premiere. The piece is performed alongside Handel‘s catchy Baroque classic and a romantic symphonic journey from Schumann.
CHANCE OF RAIN (2023)
WATER MUSIC, SUITES NO. 1 AND NO. 2
SYMPHONY NO. 3, "RHENISH"
Composed shortly after his father’s death, Cuong’s inspiration for Chance of Rain came from early mornings spent as a child, watching the weather report over breakfast before practicing the piano while his father listened. Says Cuong, “The process of writing it has also reminded me that—while rain may fall—our fondest memories can keep us dry.”
Handel‘s Water Music is jolly, jaunty, and packed with catchy tunes. When it premiered at an outdoor concert on London’s River Thames, King George liked it so much he commanded the musicians to play it through three times over.
Composed in a little over a month, Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 (also known as the "Rhenish") was inspired by a happy, peaceful trip to the Rhineland with his wife beloved wife, Clara.