LATIN NIGHTS WITH NADA AFTER PARTY
October 4, 2009
PLAYING WITH LIGHT >>
December 7, 2009
Multimedia artists Charles Woodman and Anthony Luensman will join concert:nova for an interplay of sound, video, and light. The music of George Crumb, Arvo Part, Andre Jolivet, and Toru Takemitsu will serve as springboards for Woodman and Luensman’s imaginations.
American George Crumb has cultivated a distinctive voice through his fusion of electronics, theatrical gestures, and literary inspiration, ranging from the religious to contemporary poetry. His Vox Balaenae (“Voice of the Whale”) is a study of nature. Written for flute, cello, and piano, all amplified in performance, Vox Balaenae was inspired by the singing of the humpback whale. The piece has a simple three-part design consisting of a prologue, a set of variations named after the geological eras, and an epilogue. In his notes, Crumb discusses his artistic vision: “Each of the three performers wears a black half-mask (or visor-mask). The masks, through a sense of human projection, are intended to represent symbolically represent the powerful, impersonal forces of nature (i.e. nature dehumanized). I have also suggested that the work be performed under deep-blue stage lighting.”
THE HEART OF MAHLER
February 24, 2010
THE FOUR SEASONS:
A CULINARY FEAST >>
April 18, 19, 2010
In appreciation for our earth and its gifts, concert:nova celebrates Earth Day with a program meshing music with the art of cooking. “The Four Seasons” of Antonio Vivaldi, Astor Piazolla, and contemporary composer Aaron Jay Kernis is collected in a menu that will surely tantalize both your ears and your tastebuds. concert:nova partners with local Cincinnati chefs who’s menus are inspired by the flavors of the music.
A video presentation, “From Earth to Table”, takes us on a journey through preparations for the meal served following the concert. From farm to the plate, Chefs Jean-Robert deCavel, Julie Francis, David Cook, and others show you the artistic steps they take to create your menu!
CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS:
A ZOOLOGICAL FANTASY >>
May 23, 24, 2010
Dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet
Choreography by Heather Britt and Cincinnati Ballet dancers
Original music by Camille Saint-Saëns
New music by commissioned composers from Cincinnati and beyond
MAY The “zoololgical fantasy” of French composer Camille Saint-Saens’ gets a contemporary makeover in “Carnival of the Animals, a classic that has delighted audiences of all ages since 1886. A musical suite of fifteen movements with titles such as “Kangaroos”, “Aquarium” and the well-known “Swan”, the Carnival features two solo pianos against an ensemble of nine musicians. Humorous compositional elements parody the character of each animal: the “Elephant” contrabass, clipped xylophone skeletons in “Fossils”, the clucking staccato of “Hens and Cocks”.