“Quick Poses” is the title of the concert with the Glass Farm Ensemble featuring duos for violin (Pauline Kim Harris) and piano/toy piano (Yvonne Troxler), with music by Louis Andriessen, Willy Burkhard, Stefano Gervasoni, Elizabeth Hoffman, Denis Schuler and Yvonne Troxler. The concert title refers to the genre of artistic miniatures, in this case, some with a visual correlate or conceptual provocation. (Quick Poses is the title of Hoffman’s duo, from 2001.) The concert encompasses Swiss composer Willy Burkhard’s work Suite en miniature, consisting of seven wonderfully playful tiny pieces. With Louis Andriessen’s The memory of roses we present another poetic miniature duo, in this case for piano and toy piano. The next work, Adagio ghiacciato da Mozart KV 356 is a humorous (re)interpretation of Mozart’s KV 356, originally for glass harp, here in Stefano Gervasoni’s version for toy piano and violin. In this case the miniature idea of this curated program is stretched to include the instruments themselves. Finally, the Swiss composer Denis Schuler was inspired to write his elegant miniature for violin and piano by the famous painting from 1444 by Konrad Witz, La pêche miraculeuse. This is the first painting in Western art history depicting an existing landscape. Yvonne Troxler’s new work for piano solo Zwischenraum (between spaces), is a first movement of a group of short pieces for piano solo.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre