InterHarmony International Music Festival, which has been taking place in various European and American cities for the past 12 summers, will present a series of three concerts at Weill Recital Hall studded with an array of musical highlights from the Festival. The first performance takes place
October 25, with additional concerts taking place January 25 and March 21, 2013.
Curated by InterHarmony Founder and Music Director, award-winning cellist Misha Quint, the performance features Quint, violinist Andrzej Grabiec and pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich. The October 25 program includes two contemporary works: Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio (2003) and the New York premiere of Thomas Fortmann’s Prolitheus Suite for Violin, Piano and Cello (2010), as well as Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Trio e´le´giaque No. 1 in G minor for Violin, Cello and Piano (1892) and
Antoni´n Dvor?a´k’s beloved Piano trio No. 4 in E minor, “Dumky,” Op. 90 (1891).
2010 Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon, whose reputation has been rising with leaps and bounds since she began composing at 21, has always been fascinated by the connection between painting and music. “Can music reflect colors and can colors be reflected in music?” is a question she asks herself. For Higdon, melodies, harmonies and the instruments themselves are the composer’s paint and canvas. Piano Trio, originally commissioned by the Vail Valley Music Festival, embodies this fascination.
Swiss-born and now living in Italy, Thomas Fortmann began his musical career as a song writer, writing his first “hit” at 16 followed by over 100 titles released in more than 27 countries and sung by rock stars throughout Europe. Abandoning his pop music career at 26 to commit himself to
“serious” studies in composition and instrumentation, Fortmann went on to receive fellowships and commissions from major European houses as well as from the University of Houston in the United States. His Prolitheus Suite for Violin, Piano and Cello, written as an unlikely suite of contrasting musical forms, incorporates twelve tone composition (1st movement); Scriabin’s mystic chord that the composer used in his Prometheus (2nd movement); blues to commemorate the section having been written as a tribute to the American South (3rd movement); a play with 12 tones (4th movement); inspiration from the vaudeville song “From Heaven Comes Hell” (5th movement) and finally, the finale or 6th movement. Reflecting his attitude toward music and most likely his own rigorously constructed compositions, Fortmann says: “Music that is purely mathematical is non- sensual. But music without mathematics is nonsense.”
Written when Rachmaninoff was only 19 years old, Trio e´le´giaque, unlike most piano trios, has only one movement. Dvor?a´k’s Piano Trio No. 4.
Tickets for the October 25 performance are $35, and can be purchased at CarnegieCharge: 212-247-7800; & Carnegie Hall box office at West 57th and Seventh Avenue or online at www.carnegiehall.org.