Taking Ravel's Ondine for solo piano as the starting point, this concert will explore chamber works by Maurice Ravel, Germaine Tailleferre, Lili Boulanger, Claude Debussy, Toru Takemitsu, Kaija Saaraiho and an Irish premiere by Siobhán Cleary.
Performers: Sylvia O'Brien, soprano, William Dowdall, flute, Keith Pascoe, violin, Alex Petcu, percussion, Isabelle O'Connell, piano.
Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, with funding from an Arts Council Project Award.
On February 11th at 4pm at St. Mark's Church-In-The-Bowery, Composers Concordance presents 'Piano Motion,' a concert event pairing new piano compositions with an array of contemporary choreographies. As pianists Christopher Vassiliades, Jai Jeffryes, and Isabelle O'Connell perform brief solo sets, dancers Max Pollak, Julie Fotheringham, and Livya Howard-Yashar meld techniques from tap, modern dance, jazz, classical ballet, Afro-Cuban, and body percussion to the varied music. This program is dedicated to the wonderful musician and educator Catherine Luening in a milestone birthday year, and features compositions by Otto Luening, Ann Warren, Christopher Vassiliades, Dan Cooper, Dominy Clements, Faye-Ellen Silverman, Gene Pritsker, Joseph Pehrson, Masatora Goya among others.. For the grand finale, all three pianists meet at one piano to perform a newly-composed suite for piano six hands. Following the concert, there will be a wine-and-cheese reception.
Opening the evening Isabelle O’Connell, pianist, brings a beautiful program of renowned living Irish new music composers, whom have created one of the most exciting and diverse music scenes in the world today.