Gil Morgenstern's Reflections Series International Announces 2013-14 Season
Violinist and artistic director Gil Morgenstern's acclaimed Reflections Series International is pleased to announce its 2013-2014 season at a new home adjacent to New York's Highline Park, Avenues: The World School (259 Tenth Ave.). 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.
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."
In the season-opening concert, The World According to Bach: A Musical Mandala on September 19 at 7:30pm, Morgenstern and pianist J.Y. Song use the spiritual imagery of the Mandala to explore Bach's influence on the music of successive generations of composers, performers, and audiences over the centuries. Beauty Born of Terror on November 21 at 7:30pm will consider how artistic inspiration can emerge from the terror, fear, and pain of the cataclysmic horrors of the twentieth century. Morgenstern will be joined by pianist Rieko Aizawa and an actor to be announced who will narrate the performance reading prose and poetry. The Magic of Mendelssohn on February 13 at 7:30pm, performed with J.Y. Song and cellist Ole Akahoshi, will illustrate the structure and style of Felix Mendelssohn's famous Piano Trio in D Minor as well as a selection of chamber music by the featured composer and others. Concluding the season on May 15 at 7:30pm with A Celebration of Reflections at Avenues, Morgenstern will present a special multi-disciplinary and multi-media program celebrating the inaugural season ofReflections at Avenues, reflecting a yearlong project with students and faculty.
Reflections presents solo and chamber music along with works of different artistic disciplines, engaging its audiences in combinations of music, text and images. Through its unique contextualization of historical artistic styles and events of their time period, its innovative programming entertains and enlightens the 21st century audience. Using both existing and original works, and with the collaboration of a superb ensemble of creative and performing artists representing all art forms, Reflections programs present works that both reflect upon one another and invite the audience to reflect anew on universal themes.
The 2013-2014 season includes four engaging concerts. Tickets are now available for purchase.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BACH: A MUSICAL MANDALA
Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:30pm
Gil Morgenstern, violin and artistic director
J.Y. Song, piano
Mandala, the Sanskrit word for circle, is used in many traditions as an artistic aid for meditation to advance practitioners towards a state of spiritual enlightenment. The works of J. S. Bach can equally be said to advance practitioners, in this case composers, performers, and audiences, towards a state of musical enlightenment.
This opening concert of Reflections Series International's 2013-2014 season explores Bach's influence on the music of every successive era through the lens of his monumental Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. Musical selections, circling through works by Brahms, Ysaÿe, Bloch, Stravinsky, Kurtág, Bartók, Crumb, and Villa-Lobos, will be punctuated by imagery ranging from Hildegard von Bingen's 12th Century The Cosmic Wheel to George Crumb's musical score The Magic Circle of Infinity.
BEAUTY BORN OF TERROR
Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:30pm
Gil Morgenstern, violin and artistic director
Rieko Aizawa, piano
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.
Through music and literature, "Beauty Born of Terror" will explore the endurance of hope and spirituality amid the cataclysmic horrors of the twentieth century. Morgenstern is joined by pianist Rieko Aizawa in musical works by Pärt, Schulhoff, Chen Yi, Poulenc and Messiaen. An actor will narrate, reciting ancient parables, as well as the writings of Rainer Maria Rilke, Li Bai, Federico García Lorca, Sir Edmund Hillary and a newly commissioned work.