Music of Chicago Composers March 4th
Feb 13, 2017 7:20 AM -
Picosa presents a varied program of chamber music showcasing works by local composers. Misook Kim is a Korean American composer who serves on the faculty of Wheaton College. Her modern style in Transmutation for flute, violin, and cello is dramatic yet concise. Picosa's composer in residence Jonathon Kirk brings a new setting of Wraith for flute and electronics, which gives the listener the experience of living in a painting by Mark Rothko in this performance by Jennie Brown, with its rich colors moving and changing in the air. Closing the concert is Shulamit Ran's masterpiece Mirage. Shulamit Ran is Professor Emeritus of the University of Chicago, a Pulitzer Prize winning composer, and a member of Picosa's Advisory Board. The other three contrasting works bring a dark and rich sonority to this musical world. Tigran Mansurian may be an unfamiliar composer, but his Agnus Dei for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano is filled with beauty. Stravinsky's angular little gem 3 Pieces for Clarinet is the perfect showcase for virtuosic clarinetist Andrea R. DiOrio. Finally, violinist Elizabeth Brausa Brathwaite brings Beethoven's classic Romance No. 2 in F Major for violin and piano to the stage, a masterpiece that listeners are sure to enjoy.