Roulette to Welcome Jeanne Golan and David Garrison in VIKTOR ULLMANN: SONATAS & STORIES, 1/27
Roulette presents Pianist Jeanne Golan and actor David Garrison in Viktor Ullmann: Sonatas & Stories on Monday, January 27, 8pm. Roulette is located at 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn (Public transportation: 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR). Cost: $20/15. For more information, visit www.roulette.org or call 917.267.0368.
For World Holocaust Remembrance Day, pianist Jeanne Golan and stage and television actor David Garrison present Sonatas & Stories: an evening of solo and collaborative works by Jewish-Viennese composer Viktor Ullmann, a lifelong advocate of new music who perished at Auschwitz. A leading composer of his generation and a gifted pianist, Ullmann (1898-1944), who was mentored by Arnold Schoenberg, created an original body of work that embraced the Classical tradition, the folk music of his Austro-Czech identity, and the cutting-edge artistic innovations of his age in his large body of piano sonatas and stunning Rilke-based monodrama for piano and speaker. While interned by the Nazis at Terezin, the "model" work camp used as a front to fool the Allied Forces about the existence of the concentration camps, Ullmann heroically endeavored to use his artistic gifts to provide a semblance of normalcy under grim circumstance among the interned.
In showcasing the powerful works of Viktor Ullmann, longtime friends and neighbors Golan and Garrison, sharing the stage for the first time, come together to celebrate the irrepressible power of an original voice of the Twentieth Century, and provide a forum for remembrance and to reaffirm the determination to live life fully, exuberantly, and with art - or in Goethe's maxim, which was a favorite of Ullmann: Live within the moment, live in eternity.
Pianist Jeanne Golan has been praised by The New York Times for her "technically polished and superbly expressive" performances. Her repertoire reflects her active involvement in the fostering of works by new composers and discovering relatively unknown musical treasures. Golan has recorded under the Steinway&Sons/Arkiv, Albany, Capstone, ArsisAudio and Newport Classic labels, and performed at such venues as Carnegie and Merkin Halls and the Ravinia Festival. She has collaborated with the Philip Glass Ensemble, American Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and the Lark Quartet. Recently, in her debut at the Ravinia Festival, Golan performed piano works of Viktor Ullmann whose complete sonatas she has subsequently recorded. She holds degrees from Eastman and Yale and is a professor at SUNY-Nassau. Jeanne Golan is a Steinway Artist. jeannegolan.com