Michael Gilbertson

Tragedy Tomorrow

            Gilbertson is a native of Iowa who has studied at the Juilliard School in New York with some well-known composers, including John Corigliano, and who has garnered enviable success with American orchestras and awards committees.  Characterized by the young composer as inspired by his encounter with images of New York City during the 1920s, this work is a dark reflection, indeed.  The composer cites the “Art Deco” style of the times (a French style, essentially, and most call the American version “Depression Modern”), and expresses hope that its “glamour and elegance” is redolent in  “Tragedy Tomorrow.”  Expanding the thought, he also cites George Gershwin as inspiration for the work, as well.  Considering the 1930s followed, the evocative title seems appropriate.