March 10, 2011: World premiere of Curt Cacioppo's “Kinaaldá” by the Borromeo String Quartet.
On Thursday, March 10 at 8 PM, the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music presented the Borromeo String Quartet in the world premiere of Curt Cacioppo’s “Kinaaldá,” a work dedicated to Changing Woman, the principal deity of the Navajo Indians. This completes Cacioppo’s cycle of four quartets based on the Navajo creation narrative. The previous quartets in the series are “A Distant Voice Calling,” composed for the American String Quartet, “Monsterslayer,” for the Emerson Quartet, and “Coyoteway,” written for the Moscow Quartet. Under the title WOMB OF THE SACRED MOUNTAINS, the cycle represents a unique contribution to the string quartet literature and to American music, and serves to honor the Native people and traditions that inspired it. This concert was held at the Leo Rich Theater, Tucson Convention Center, in Tucson, AZ.