VIDEO FLASHBACK: Ulysses Kay’s Scherzi Musicali

In November 2020, conductor Andrés Rivas led TŌN in a performance of Scherzi Musicali by Ulysses Simpson Kay Jr., an African-American composer born in 1917 in Tucson, Arizona. TŌN horn player Ser Konvalin writes that “Scherzi musicali was written in 1968 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Chamber Music Society of Detroit. Kay’s compositional style is sometimes labeled as neoclassical, and his later works are sometimes labeled as atonal, crisp, and dissonant. The beauty of the chamber orchestra setting allows for each instrument to be heard clearly even while layering on top of one another.” You can read Ser’s full concert notes on the piece by clicking here.