recital at New Music New College, Sept. 24

I’m going tomorrow to Sarasota, Florida to perform a solo recital on Saturday (Sept 24) on the new-music concert series New Music New College. There’s an Artist Conversation on Friday at 3:30 about the program. I’m very delighted to have been asked to play there and really excited about the program. Stephen Miles, the series director, asked me to come up with a mix of older and newer works, so I decided on two pairings of pieces, plus a stunning opener! That opener is Iannis Xenakis’ “Mikka S” – a taut, intense approx. 4-minute piece that mostly involves continuous glissandos on two strings, often in contrary motion.

The main pairings consist of Bach’s Chaconne and Reiko Fueting’s “tanz.tanz”, and Georg Friedrich Haas’ “de terrae fine” and Eugène Ysaÿe’s “L”Aurore” from his Sonata No. 5. Reiko’s piece is based on chorale tunes hidden in the Bach Chaconne- these were pointed out by musicologist Helga Thoene and recorded on the “Morimur” CD by Christoph Poppen and the Hilliard ensemble. The Fueting refers to these snippets of chorales but takes the music into a very different sound world and a scurrying, agitated mood. Haas’ “de terrae fine” is a stark interior portrait of depression and loneliness- a very painful but remarkable moving work. He makes strikingly effective expressive use of microtonality. I didn’t want to finish the concert with the Haas so I thought of a great closer to lift the spirits: “L’Aurore” evokes the awakening of the earth, beginning with lovely harmonies and nature sounds and blossoming into the radiance of day by the end.

The concert is called “Past, Present, Future”. Come to New College if you’re in the area!–2012/

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