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"Oracle" at the Free Library of Philadelphia

  • Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central 1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA, 19103 United States (map)

Join me and Zachary Mowitz for a workshop series exploring the cello's journey through time and the many ways its history can illuminate our hearing of music, past and present. The series culminates in a recital on June 16, featuring the “Oracle” alongside a new piece by Ira Mowitz and staples from the solo cello repertoire. Participants will discover how this new music connects to the rich legacy of the cello's past, emerging with a deeper experience of music.

In this workshop, the first of three, Zach and I will imagine how we might listen like Bach. We will examine how historically informed listening can deepen our experience of a piece in the concert hall. Excerpts by Gabrielli, Bach, and others will reveal the rich 350-year history of the cello. Equipped with this understanding, we’'ll listen to our two new works with enlightened ears.

Earlier Event: January 13
"Gossamer" at Concerts on the Slope
Later Event: February 24
"Oracle" at Old City Coffee