On Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:30pm, Part II of Reflections Series International's exciting new programming initiative, Music: So What's the Story?, explores musical storytelling by presenting programmatic music - works written with the expressed intent of narrative - at Avenues: The World School. It also highlights music's role as one voice of a unique trio of disciplines including cinema and text.
Violinist and Artistic Director Gil Morgenstern will be joined by pianist J.Y. Song and actors Maryann Plunkett (Tony, Obie and Drama Desk Ensemble Awards), Jay O. Sanders (Obie and Drama Desk Ensemble Awards), and Mickey Solis (American Repertory Theater and Harvard).
Opening the concert will be George Enescu's Impressions d'Enfance (Impressions from Childhood), which tells the story of sunset to sunrise through the eyes of a child.
The program continues with an interdisciplinary "discussion" focusing on varying versions of the origins of the universe, from ancient Greece to modern day science to digital imagery of our local solar neighborhood out to the edge of the observable universe (courtesy of the Hayden Planetarium and the American Museum of Natural History). The devout 17th century Jesuit composer Heinrich von Biber's "Mystery Sonatas," inspired by the Prayers of the Rosary, will provide the musical voice for these dialogues.
The use of music in cinema will be introduced with a newly commissioned video montage reflecting the beautiful and haunting melodies of famed French New Wave composer George Delerue.
The concert will conclude with Aaron Copland's ever popular "Waltz and Hoedown" from his ballet Rodeo.