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Free Music Event: The Graduate Center Presents: Musto Cello Sonata

Nov 09 | Mon |


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“His music overflows with dancing energy, nifty melodic turns, and wistful lyricism that erupts at unpredictable intervals into playful outbursts of balletic merriment.” American Record Guide “Appealing, colorful, and moving ... Musto has a gift for melding ingredients into a musical stew of delicious and spicy flowers.” Gramophone In his scintillating new Sonata for Cello and Piano, Emmy Award-winning composer and Graduate Center professor John Musto seamlessly brings together the erudition of a contrapuntal master, the brilliance and "groove" of a jazz instrumentalist, and the rhythmic exuberance of a Brazilian dance champion. The Cello Sonata is a fast-paced, vibrant conversation between two instrumentalists who share and trade musical commentary, explore and develop ideas, and constantly challenge and inspire each other. Two dizzying, non-stop outer movements, overflowing with rich inventiveness, surround a soulful, yearning meditation. The two stellar artists who premiered the work last year will reprise their performance on this program – direct from Aaron Copland’s studio! Includes a pre-performance discussion, and live, post-performance Q&A among composer, performers, and viewers.

Featured Music from Copland House artists: Alexis Pia Gerlach, cellist, and Michael Boriskin, pianist.

Composer John Musto is on piano performance faculty and coordinator of the D.M.A. Program in Music Performance at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

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