14 October 2010
Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA
Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Gerard Schwarz
Con Gai means "daughter" in Vietnamese. The melodic motive this fanfare is built upon (first heard in the trumpets) is sung to these words in my opera Amelia by an American Navy pilot. Commissioned by Seattle Opera and premiered in May 2010, the opera explores the themes of love and loss through the prism of one American military family’s experience in Vietnam during the 1960s.
Based on a two minute musical interlude composed during the opera's premiere production, this fanfare explores the feelings of love and loss gripping the father and his daughter. In the opera, it serves as both an elegy for the lost father and a salute to the new baby that his daughter is about to deliver.
This new fanfare is subtitled "(a greeting and farewell)" because it celebrates both the exhilarating beginning of my immensely inspiring artistic collaboration with Gerard Schwarz (he conducted the debut of Amelia) but also his farewell to the SSO. The work is a Gund / Simoniyi Commission for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra celebrating Gerard Schwarz's farewell season as Music Director, 2010-2011.
— Daron Hagen, 2010