Tim Munro, flutes
Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets
Yvonne Lam, violin & viola
Nicholas Photinos, cello
Matthew Duvall, percussion
Lisa Kaplan, piano
Grammy Award(r)–winning eighth blackbird promises--and delivers--provocative and mind-changing performances. Combining bracing virtuosity with an alluring sense of irreverence, the sextet attracts fans of all ages to its performances and recordings.
The evening features a staged cabaret-opera version of Schoenberg's masterpiece Pierrot Lunaire, in which the sad, naïve, clown-like character from Commedia dell'Arte takes a darkly comic journey through a strange world. Directed by choreographer Mark DeChiazza, it features soprano Lucy Shelton, dancer Elyssa Dole, and percussionist Matthew Duvall in the title role. "Delivered with dreamy rapture" (Chicago Sun-Times), the musicians perform the challenging work entirely from memory, so the players can take important roles in the drama.
Also on the program are pieces that have disparate but interesting links to Schoenberg: cabaret standards by Kurt Weill (one of his contemporaries), Alban Berg's lyrical arrangement of the Adagio from his Chamber Concerto (this movement is a musical depiction of Schoenberg's love for his wife), and an eighth blackbird commission, Critical Moments 2, written by George Perle (one of Schoenberg's greatest American followers).