Music of Piazzolla and Art from Princeton
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 virtuoso.
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.
Transformations 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 . Christ Church is located at 5 Patterson Street, next door to the Church Street parking deck.
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