2018/2019 Performances

 


May 17th, 8 pm

Old First Concerts

1750 Sacramento Street

San Francisco, CA

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About a year ago my duo partner, Sarah Cahill, and I were asked to put together a program that  "is inspired by the current political climate in the U.S. and worldwide—designed to bring people together, to provoke reflection and action".  We spent many months working on what exactly this meant to us.  We've landed on the following (definitely not an all-inclusive look at the current political climate but focussing more on reflection and action):

-Ellis Island for two pianos by Meredith Monk---which to me is a beautiful take on one of the famous ports of entry into the USA--inspiring thoughts of how almost all of us are immigrants to this land

-Processional for solo piano by Hannah Kendall--a piece inspired by Norman Lewis' artwork (1965), which is an abstract representation of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March.

-A New Indigo Peace for piano and audience sing-a-long by Pauline Oliveros--a lively protest song for peace

-She Dances Naked Under Palm Trees a new piece for solo piano by Theresa Wong

-A Muted Body a new piece by Sharmi Basu that I commissioned---without self-reflection and healing one cannot effectively fight for others--be a witness to this public healing process

-Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues for two pianos by Frederic Rzewski--a depiction of 1930's factory workers--the drive of the machines and the work--the songs of camaraderie.

-all night, all day for two pianos, 8 hands by Ruby Fulton--inspired by the Baltimore Uprising in 2015, during which the chant "All Night All Day We Will Fight for Freddie Gray" rang out during the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year old African American man who died while in police custody.  all night, all day borrows the harmonies of "America the Beautiful" and as the chords accumulate, the rhythm of the chant emerges.  America is not always beautiful, there is an overwhelming need for change. 

-Mirror, Mirror for 4 hands by Elinor Armer--a little comic relief!  But also a look at vanity, self-importance, competitiveness--evoke thoughts of anyone in particular??  Excerpts from great works by Darius Milhaud, one of Armer's teachers can be heard, a refugee himself from the Nazi's, the irony is perfect.

About a year ago my duo partner, Sarah Cahill, and I were asked to put together a program that  "is inspired by the current political climate in the U.S. and worldwide—designed to bring people together, to provoke reflection and action".  We spent many months working on what exactly this meant to us.  We've landed on the following (definitely not an all-inclusive look at the current political climate but focussing more on reflection and action):

-Ellis Island for two pianos by Meredith Monk---which to me is a beautiful take on one of the famous ports of entry into the USA--inspiring thoughts of how almost all of us are immigrants to this land

-Processional for solo piano by Hannah Kendall--a piece inspired by Norman Lewis' artwork (1965), which is an abstract representation of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March.

-A New Indigo Peace for piano and audience sing-a-long by Pauline Oliveros--a lively protest song for peace

-She Dances Naked Under Palm Trees a new piece for solo piano by Theresa Wong

-A Muted Body a new piece by Sharmi Basu that I commissioned---without self-reflection and healing one cannot effectively fight for others--be a witness to this public healing process

-Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues for two pianos by Frederic Rzewski--a depiction of 1930's factory workers--the drive of the machines and the work--the songs of camaraderie.

-all night, all day for two pianos, 8 hands by Ruby Fulton--inspired by the Baltimore Uprising in 2015, during which the chant "All Night All Day We Will Fight for Freddie Gray" rang out during the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year old African American man who died while in police custody.  all night, all day borrows the harmonies of "America the Beautiful" and as the chords accumulate, the rhythm of the chant emerges.  America is not always beautiful, there is an overwhelming need for change. 

-Mirror, Mirror for 4 hands by Elinor Armer--a little comic relief!  But also a look at vanity, self-importance, competitiveness--evoke thoughts of anyone in particular??  Excerpts from great works by Darius Milhaud, one of Armer's teachers can be heard, a refugee himself from the Nazi's, the irony is perfect.

island of joy

Thursday September 6th  6:30-7:30pm

Piedmont Center for the arts   801 Magnolia ave, 94611

 

Need a break for an hour to just listen to pretty things?  Come enjoy this 1-hour program of music by impressionist era composer Claude Debussy and modern minimalist Philip Glass that will take you away to an enchanting, magical and tranquil place.  Unlike your typical piano recital the audience is encouraged to walk around the room and experience photographs created specifically for this concert by artist Elisa Ferrari (www.elisaferrari.com).  In addition, two video art pieces , created by artists Katrina Schaffer and Melodie Myers, will accompany the Philip Glass solos.

Seating will also be available.  Families with children are encouraged to attend.

Suggested donation at the door, all proceeds will go towards two organizations helping to provide high quality arts education in our area, Piedmont PAINTS and  Oakland School for the Arts.

Program:

La fille aux cheveux de lin  Claude Debussy

L'isle joyeuse  Claude Debussy

Reflets dans l'eau  Claude Debussy

Piano Etude #2  Philip Glass

Mad Rush  Philip Glass