Recital Hall, Feb. 22.
diverse works carried us into and across time, space, humanity.
Felice's"...of Glass (2009) (for
four-channel recorded medium)" engendered connecting-disconnecting imagery
within the elements of "Touch, Heart, House." Concepts of glass harmonica
stretched to breaking, crashing, booming beyond breath.
Miho Sasaki became at-one with the piano for a riveting delivery of Michael
Schelle's "Straight, No Lithium (2010)." Five sections invoked an historical
overview of styles, periods and performance attack.
by Howard Zinn's bestseller A People's History of the United States, Richard Auldon Clark
set the words of former slave Frederick Douglass within a string quartet.
Douglass' thoughts on the human made condition of slavery and hope for freedom
were powerfully presented by baritone Kyle Ferrill, violinists Maxim
Zheleznyak, violist Clark and cellist Marianne Riszyk. This wrenching yet
uplifting work interfaces with the newly released film Even the Rain by writer Paul Laverty
and director Iciar Bollain, who name Zinn as their inspiration.
Kate Boyd gave intimacy and depth to James Q. Mullhooand's tender yet wistful
"Two Tone Poems on Love (1976). "
program closed with Gary Walters' visually engaging, finger-snapping,
toe-tapping, hip-swirling cross-over "Trio+Trio in 3 Movements (2010/11) (for
Vonna's Electric Piano)." Joining Walters at the richly toned vintage electric
piano were violinist Dean Franke, violist Susan Chen, cellist Kurt Fowler and
percussionist Jon Crabiel. The program bears repeating.