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Morton Feldman Returns to Eighth Street highlighted in New York Classical Review

Morton Feldman Returns to Eighth Street reviewed by George Grella in the New York Classical Review.  

“The connection between the composer and the school was literal, as Feldman was not just an admirer of painters like Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko, and Philip Guston (his closest friend), he served as dean of NYSS from 1969-1971. (His essay collection, Give My Regards to Eighth Street, includes writings on Guston, poet Frank O’Hara, and other non-musical figures.)

The two musicians [acclaimed violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Conor Hanick] were stellar, playing the pieces with great care, purpose, and concentration. One of the things Feldman is known for is the quiet and space in his music, and Cuckson and Hanick played with a pacing that was Feldman’s non-metrical, sculptural way with time. Appropriately, the concert took place in the NYSS clay studio, and though the dry acoustic took a little getting used to, the differences between sound and silence enhanced the music.” – George Grella

Read the full review.

 

Event Details:

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
6:30pm

New York Studio School celebrates the groundbreaking and hugely influential composer Morton Feldman, who was Dean of NYSS from 1969 to 1971. Acclaimed violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Conor Hanick will perform a concert of works by Feldman, whose musical creativity was intertwined to a remarkable degree with the visual arts and his personal relationships with contemporary artists. His quiet, intimate, and radiant compositions engage radically with our sensory experiences of time, sound, and space.

Program
Extensions 1 (1951), for violin and piano
Projection 1 (1950), for cello (performed on violin)
Vertical Thoughts 2 (1963), for violin and piano
Piano Piece (to Philip Guston) (1963), for piano
Spring of Chosroes (1977), for violin and piano

 

Violinist/violist Miranda Cuckson, acclaimed internationally as a soloist and collaborator, delights audiences with her playing of a wide range of music and styles. She recently premiered violin concertos by Georg Friedrich Haas with orchestras in Japan and Europe and by Marcela Rodriguez in Mexico. A member of interdisciplinary collective AMOC, with whom she was artistic director of the 2022 Ojai Festival, she has an extensive discography and is founder/director of nonprofit Nunc. She teaches at the Mannes School of Music at New School University and received her doctorate from the Juilliard School.
Pianist Conor Hanick is regarded as one of his generation’s most inquisitive interpreters of music new and old. He has premiered more than 200 pieces, including most recently a new concerto by composer Samuel Carl Adams with the San Francisco Symphony and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen in February 2023. Together with the interdisciplinary AMOC ensemble he served as the artistic director of the 2022 Ojai Festival. He is director of Solo Piano at the Music Academy of the West and is on the faculty of the Peabody Institute and The Juilliard School.

New York Studio School is grateful to Yamaha for its generous donation of a piano for this program.

This event was conceived by NYSS as a tribute to the New York Landmarks Conservancy during their 50th Anniversary celebrations.

 

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