Brahms Alto Rhapsody
The Music Makers
The Brothers Balliett
Fifty Trillion Molecular Geniuses (world premiere)

Mark Shapiro, Conductor

A triptych of choral-orchestral works featuring the solo mezzo-soprano voice. Brahms’s soulful Alto Rhapsody and Elgar’s poignant The Music Makers frame a world premiere by The Brothers Balliett based on words by TED speaker and best-selling author Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor (My Stroke of Insight). The Brothers Balliett's Fifty Trillion Molecular Geniuses traces the electrifying and inspiring narrative of Dr. Taylor's recovery from stroke, and the life lessons she learned along the way. With soloists, chorus, and orchestra.

Audience members are invited to raise their voices with those onstage in singing “Happy Birthday” to guest of honor Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor.

Amanda Lynn Bottoms, Mezzo-soprano 
Naomi Louisa O'Connell, Mezzo-soprano
Renée Tatum, Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Amanda Lynn Bottoms discusses her upcoming role as soloist in the world premiere of Fifty Trillion Molecular Geniuses in Carnegie Hall on May 3:

Watch our new mini-documentary about Fifty Trillion Molecular Geniuses, featuring Composers Brad and Doug Balliett, Conductor Mark Shapiro, and Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor:

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