03 Feb Hope Dies Last (2015)

Nonet (for chamber ensemble)

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Commissioned by the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings for trombonist David Jackson
Original photography and video mapping by photojournalist and artist Michelle Andonian
In creative preparation for writing Hope Dies Last (a nonet for alto flute, tenor saxophone, contrabassoon, horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello and double bass), Alexandra du Bois traveled throughout Armenia with artist Michelle Andonian. The work honors the 100th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide in 2015. Du Bois collaborated with University of Michigan trombonist David Jackson and Detroit-based artist Michelle Andonian in writing Hope Dies Last for the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. 

World premiere: 18 October 2015, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings with violinist Ida Kavafian (guest soloist) and conductor Tim Weiss at the Detroit Institute of the Arts.

(cover image copyright ©Michelle Andonian; images of ensemble ©David Ammer )


(L-R): Trombonist David Jackson, composer Alexandra du Bois, violinist Ida Kavafian, artist and photojournalist Michelle Andonian after the premiere of Hope Dies Last