Music from Copland House, UNDERSCORED: Musto Cello & Piano Sonata
Where: Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave.
212-817-7000 Price: Free
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“Musto’s music overflows with dancing energy, nifty melodic turns, and … wistful lyricisms that erupt at unpredictable intervals into playful outbursts of balletic merriment.” American Record Guide
“Music from Copland House is all exuberance and bright sunshine.” The New York Times
In his scintillating new Sonata for Cello and Piano, Graduate Center professor and Emmy Award-winning composer John Musto (left, in photo above) seamlessly brings together the erudition of a contrapuntal musical master, the brilliance and “groove” of a jazz instrumentalist, and the rhythmic ebullience of a Brazilian dancer. This dazzling tour-de-force features two fearsomely virtuosic instrumental parts in uncommonly close collaboration: the cello and piano constantly engage and interact, whether within the intellectual rigors of a spiky, Bachian musical conversation; the languors of a serene, introspective ballad; or the acrobatics of complex Latin dance steps.
Don’t miss this Virtual Premiere of a remarkable new work that will surely become a major addition to the cello-and-piano repertory. And hear the composer introduce the piece before the performance, then join him in a live Q&A afterwards.
Featured Music from Copland House artists: Principal Cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and Founding Pianist Michael Boriskin – performing from the studio in Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in Westchester County!
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