Peri Mauer: Performance Reviews

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 10:41 AM

Dear NYCC Friends;

I hope you are all well and had a good summer.

I would like to share more good news! I just completed a wonderful weekend of performances of my new contrabass flute/cello piece, Shadow Harlequinade, premiered in theBargemusic Here and Now Labor Day Festival.  It received three performances 8/31, 9/1, and 9/2 to full houses. I spent all summer composing and rehearsing it.

I'm happy to say that my hard work paid off, as audience response was consistently positive, and we received a glowing review by violinist Laura Jean Goldberg which I would like to share with you: 

http://www.soundwordsight.com/2018/09/bargemusic-here-and-now-labor-day-festival-2018-a-review-by-laura-jean-goldberg/

About my piece, the reviewer writes: 

"Shadow Harlequinade for Contrabass Flute and Cello, by composer Peri Mauer, a World Premiere, was next, performed by Lish Lindsey, contrabass flute, and Timothy Leonard, cello. In this piece the composer explored the similarities of two musical voices that share a similar pitch span yet vary in timbre due to the differing tone production of wind and string instruments. The two musical voices engaged in a captivating dialogue with provocative outbursts, tender enticements, and hushed tones that evoked a mysterious sound landscape. The low tones of the cello and the contrabass flute sounded like the roar of distant oceans and created an atmosphere of shrouded whispers. At times, playful statements bounced back and forth between the contrabass flute and cello and thus the listener journeyed along withthe players in this lively musical conversation."

I was also thrilled to get a mention in two NY Times promos for the Festival: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/30/arts/labor-day-weekend-art-events.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts&action=click&contentCollection=arts®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/30/arts/music/classical-music-in-nyc-this-week.html

 . . . as well as in The New Yorker! 

https://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-about-town/classical-music/here-and-now-festival

Looking forward to the coming season with NYCC!

See you soon,

Peri





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