Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 8 pm
Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music

ROTA – Quintet 
COLEMAN – Rubispheres 
TAKEMITSU – Toward the Sea 
IVES – Piano Trio

2020 and 2021 saw BOUNDARIES of all types—personal and geopolitical, as well as intellectual and aesthetic—drastically rearranged. Some were torn down while others were reinforced and hardened. In this program, some borders are obscured and confused—those between genre, voice, and source—in Charles Ives’s early piano trio, which quotes folk songs while retaining their separateness in a complex play of juxtaposed sounds. Valerie Coleman’s Rubispheres charts contrasting neighborhoods of Manhattan, while Tōru Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea investigates the boundary between the human and animal worlds. The program opens with a delightful quintet by the prolific film composer Nino Rota.


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