Two lectures, sponsored by ArtSeed, led to the commission of the piece coordinated with the nonprofit Composers and Schools in Concert. This Thursday, The Quickening Pollen will have its premiere, conducted by the composer, in the Carol Channing Theater, performed by The Lowell High School String Orchestra.
The Quickening Pollen was written to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of music in the curriculum of Lowell High School in San Francisco. The title comes from a text written by James Russell Lowell, after whom the school is named: Books are the bees that carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. Changing “Books are” to “Music is” gives a clue to the hopes behind this work.