Gil Morgenstern's Reflections Series International Presents 'Beauty Born of Terror' November 21
On Thursday, November 21 at 7:30pm, violinist and artistic director Gil Morgenstern will present the second concert of his acclaimed Reflections Series International 2013-2014 Season at Avenues: The World School (259 Tenth Ave.). The program is titled "Beauty Born of Terror" and will explore the endurance of hope and spirituality amid the cataclysmic horrors of the twentieth century through music, literature and projected imagery. Of the subject Morgenstern explains, "No one chooses the place, the time, or the circumstances of his or her birth; notes and words have even less choice. Yet one of the ironic facts of creative life is that inspiration often emerges from terror, fear and pain."
Morgenstern is joined by pianist Rieko Aizawa in a program of musical works by Pärt, Schulhoff, Chen Yi, Poulenc and Messiaen. Actor Rob Breckenridge will narrate, reciting ancient parables, as well as the writings of Rainer Maria Rilke, Antonio Machado, Federico García Lorca, and a newly commissioned work by the Italian writer Marina Carbone. Her poetry and prose will examine the links between beauty and terror through the lens of a writer who comes to realize that her survival is dependent on her art: her poetry. Morgenstern has programmed the concert to create a trio of three distinct voices - music, text and imagery.
Rob Breckenridge's New York credits include The 39 Steps, Love Goes to Press, What the Public Wants, Edward the Second, 33 Variations (Workshop), Geneva, R.U.R., The Rivals, Long Island Sound, Tooth, RIO, Far and Wide, Hope II, and The Phantom Tollbooth. At regional theaters around the U.S. he has appeared in Boeing Boeing, ART, Life x 3, Private Lives, An Ideal Husband, Sister Carrie, Sylvia, A Map of the World, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. His film and TV work includes Law and Order: CI, Delirious, Helen at Risk, Guiding Light, Solo Una Mujer, Fuego Verde, and Padres e Hijos. Breckenridge has worked as an actor, teacher, director and a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Colombia, South America during the 1990s. He continues to develop RIO, his bilingual performance piece about the Rio Grande borderlands of Texas and Mexico.
Praised by the New York Times for her "impressive musicality, a crisp touch and expressive phrasing", Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa made her début at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Schneider. She has since established her own unique musical voice; she has performed at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall, Vienna's Konzerthaus and among others.The youngest-ever participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, Rieko has performed as guest with such string quartets as the Guarneri and Orion quartets. She is a founding member of the Horszowski Trio and of the prize-winning Duo Prism, and she is artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival. Rieko is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School. She was the last pupil of Mieczyslaw Horszowski and she also studied with Seymour Lipkin and Peter Serkin.
Reflections Series International is pleased to hold its 2013-2014 season at a new home adjacent to New York's Highline Park, Avenues: The World School.Reflections' relationship with Avenues is particularly appropriate, as the school seeks to integrate learning across subject areas in a globally aware setting. Avenue's state of the art black box theater, designed by architecture firm Perkins Eastman and interior design firm Bonetti/Kozerski Studio, is the perfect setting for Reflections' sophisticated but relaxed performances. Throughout the year, Gil Morgenstern will work with the students at Avenues on interdisciplinary projects both in and out of the classroom. www.avenues.org.
Of the series, Morgenstern says, "The 2013-2014 season marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in the Reflection's Series growth. With established residencies both in the United States and Europe, the series has changed its name to Reflections Series International, and has a new, prestigious venue at Avenues: The World School. I can't think of a better fit for Reflections' engaging and innovative programming given our mutual commitment to curricular and programming diversity, an international presence, and interactive multi-disciplinary collaborations.