Winter in New Brunswick becomes “The Four Seasons of Buenos
Aires” when the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra performs its next concert, Transformations, on Saturday, February 23 at
7:30 p.m. in historic Christ Church. The concert will present Astor Piazzolla’s
tango-infused masterpiece with soloist Stefani Collins, a rising young violin
From Argentina the concert travels to ancient Greece with Pulitzer
Prize-winning composer Paul
Moravec’s “Morph”, a retelling of Ovid’s tale of Daphne and Apollo for string
orchestra. Then the NBCO visits
Italy with “La Follia” Variations for String Orchestra, based on Arcangelo
Corelli’s 17th century classic. Finally the orchestra makes a brief
stop in Spain with Rutgers-based composer Edgar Girtain’s anthem on a poem by
Vicent Andrés Estellés of Valencia.
will be the first of two concerts in collaboration with New Jersey artist Debra
Weier and will feature her painting “Exit”. It is part of “Reframing Classical
Music”, the NBCO’s initiative to redefine the “norms” of classical music by
seeking inspiration through the bold work of visual artists. Ms. Weier will be
on hand with her painting to speak with concert-goers.
“We’re excited to bring together the brilliant music of
Astor Piazzolla and the vibrant artwork of Debra Weier,
an internationally prominent artist from Princeton,” says Mark Hyczko, music
director of the 51-year-old NBCO. “It’s music we think matters and art we love.
And we’re delighted to showcase them both in historic Christ Church right in
downtown New Brunswick.”
Piazzolla composed his “Four Seasons” after the perpetual
classic of Italian Antonia Vivaldi. The mood of the seasons in the Argentine
tango master’s version is darker, more driving, like the legendary South
American city itself. Collins, concertmaster of Camden’s Symphony in C, is the winner
of the 2012 Washington International String Competition.
The concert begins at 7:30 PM. All tickets are $20 and are available at the door or online at ReframingClassicalMusic.com. Christ
Church is located at 5 Patterson Street, next door to the Church Street parking
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