2014-2015 Reflections Series International, Gil Morgenstern, violinist and artistic director

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Announcing the 2014-2015
Reflections Series International
Gil Morgenstern, violinist and artistic director
Johannes Brahms: Before, During & After | Thursday, October 2, 7:30pm
The Voice of the Violin | Thursday, December 11, 7:30pm
Coupled Perceptions | Thursday, February 26, 7:30pm
Nature’s Bounty | Thursday, May 21, 7:30pm
Avenues: The World School
259 Tenth Avenue | NYC
Single Tickets: $40 General Admission; $20 Students
Season Tickets: $140 General Admission; $60 Students at
Information: www.reflectionsseries.com
“brilliant artist”—New York Times | “illuminating annual series”—New York Magazine
NEW YORK, NY — Violinist and artistic director Gil Morgenstern’s acclaimed Reflections Series International is pleased
to announce its 2014-2015 season at Avenues: The World School (259 Tenth Ave.). This is Reflections’ second season at
Avenues, presenting four engaging concerts throughout the school year. The relationship between Reflections and Avenues is
particularly appropriate as both seek to integrate learning across subject areas in a globally aware setting and Avenue’s New
York campus, adjacent to New York’s Highline Park, is the perfect venue for Reflections’ sophisticated but relaxed
After Reflections Series International’s tremendously successful inaugural season at Avenues: The World School, Gil
Morgenstern has been named Artist-in-Residence for Interdisciplinary Studies beginning with the 2014-2015 season. This
unique yearlong residency, during which Morgenstern will work with students and faculty of all academic subjects, is a key
part of the school’s mission to “graduate students who are artists no matter their field.” The position is a natural outgrowth of
Morgenstern’s previous collaborations with faculty and students at Avenues, including the interdisciplinary Rashomon
Project. Of his appointment, Morgenstern says: “I’m extremely excited about deepening my relationship with the visionary
leadership and faculty at Avenues. Together, I hope to establish programs of interdisciplinary synthesis between academic
subjects, fostering creativity and a passion for exploration.”
In the season-opening concert, Johannes Brahms: Before, During, & After on Thursday, October 2 at 7:30pm,
Morgenstern, pianist Reiko Aizawa, and cellist Ole Akahoshi will explore the artistic and personal relationships that
contributed to Brahms’ Piano Trio in B Major, while bringing to life the musical references of preceding composers –
Schubert, Beethoven, Bach and Schumann – that lie at the heart of this great work. In The Voice of the Violin on Thursday,
December 11 at 7:30pm, Morgenstern and pianist J.Y. Song will highlight the singularly expressive range of the violin and
the diverse manner in which composers of different times and cultures have exploited it. On Thursday, February 26, 2015 at
7:30pm, RSI will present Coupled Perceptions, a concert investigating how adding another artistic discipline to music alters
the audience experience. Morgenstern will be joined by dancer/choreographer Mary Cochran and pianist J.Y. Song, as well as
dancers Michael Novak (Paul Taylor Dance Company), Anna Schön, and street dance “popper” James “Floats” Fable. The
final concert of the 2014-2015 Reflections season on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30pm is titled Nature’s Bounty, and will
present music and text inspired by personal encounters with both natural and man-made landscapes, performed by
Morgenstern, violinist Harumi Rhodes, violist Kathryn Lockwood, cellist Inbal Segev, and percussionist Yousif Sheronick.
Reflections Series International presents solo and chamber music along with works of different artistic disciplines, engaging
its audiences in combinations of music, text and images. Through its unique contextualization of historical artistic styles and
events of their time period, its innovative programming entertains and enlightens the 21st century audience. Using both
existing and original works, and with the collaboration of a superb ensemble of creative and performing artists representing all
art forms, Reflections programs present works that both reflect upon one another and invite the audience to reflect anew on
universal themes.
The 2014-2015 season includes four engaging concerts. Tickets are now available for purchase.
Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:30pm
Gil Morgenstern, violin and artistic director
Ole Akahoshi, cello
Rieko Aizawa, piano
The opening program of the 2014 – 2015 Reflections Series International season features Johannes Brahms’ Piano Trio in B
Major, written in 1854 but completely revised in 1891. While both artistic and personal relationships contribute to a good deal
of discussion and even personal intrigue surrounding the trio, this program will bring to life the musical references of
preceding composers (Schubert, Beethoven, Bach and Schumann) that lie at the heart of this great work. Rounding out the
program will be his ever-popular Violin Sonata in d minor, and Brett Dean’s Hommage à Brahms (2014). Joining
Morgenstern will be cellist Ole Akahoshi and pianist Rieko Aizawa.
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7:30pm
Gil Morgenstern, violin and artistic director
J.Y. Song, piano
The Voice of the Violin continues Gil Morgenstern’s showcasing of the singularly expressive range of the violin and the
diverse manner in which composers have exploited it. This program will take us around the globe, from east to west and from
the Baroque to contemporary styles. Highlights include an elegant Sonata by Jean-Marie Leclaire, who effectively combined
the Parisian and Italian Baroque styles, Beethoven’s grand Violin Sonata in G Major, filled with great humor though written
during a time of deep despair, The Stream Flows by the Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng, and the angular modernity
of Elliott Carter’s Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi. Joining Morgenstern on this musical voyage will be pianist J.Y. Song.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:30pm
Gil Morgenstern, violin and artistic director
Mary Cochran, special guest choreographer and dancer
J.Y. Song, piano
with Michael Novak, Anna Schön, and James “Floats” Fable
How does adding another artistic discipline to music alter our experience as audience members? Do we hear or listen to the
work differently? Can the whole be greater than the sum of its parts? Are we able to absorb all the information bombarding
our brains? In this concert, Gil Morgenstern is joined by dancer/choreographer Mary Cochran and pianist J.Y. Song in an
exploration of these questions through music and dance. The musical works will first be performed as they were originally
written, giving the audience the opportunity to become familiar with them. These works will then reappear over the course of
the program, reinterpreted with original choreography, giving the audience the chance to experience them as completely
different works. Joining Morgenstern will be Mary Cochran (formerly with Paul Taylor Dance Company), Michael Novak
(currently with Paul Taylor), Anna Schön, and street dance “popper” James “Floats” Fable.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:30pm
Gil Morgenstern, violin and artistic director
Harumi Rhodes, violin
Kathryn Lockwood, viola
Inbal Segev, cello
Yousif Sheronick, percussion
The final program in the 2014-2015 Reflections Series International season will present music and text inspired by personal
encounters with both natural and man-made landscapes, immortalizing them through works of unparalleled beauty and drama.
This artistic journey, from flowing crystalline streams in China to the haunting terrain of the Middle East to the wide open
prairies of the American Great Plains, includes music by Aaron Copland, Antonin Dvořák, Zhou Long, and Riad El-Soumbati,
along with text from the works of Mary Shelly, Naguib Mahfouz, and Gaetano Cipolla.
About Gil Morgenstern: Acclaimed for his artistry and technical brilliance, violinist Gil Morgenstern is devoted to exploring
and expanding the possibilities for inventive classical music programming. His vision is to present the audience with a more
complete concert experience, meticulously curated from start to finish, by organically integrating music with other artistic
disciplines in innovative and unexpected ways. The New York Times describes Mr. Morgenstern as a, “brilliant and musically
curious artist.”
A violinist with a long history of performing in the world’s great concert halls, Mr. Morgenstern’s career has taken him to
international venues including Wigmore Hall, London; Cultural Center Concert Hall, Hong Kong; the American Academy,
Rome; Salone dei Cinquecento, Florence; El Teatro Sucre, Quito; Arts Centre and State Theatre, Melbourne, Australia. He has
also toured the U.S. extensively, performing in recital and as guest soloist with many leading orchestras including the
symphonies of St. Louis, Baltimore, Louisville, Indianapolis, Denver, Milwaukee, New Jersey and North Carolina. New York
Times has hailed his playing as “a perfect demonstration of supreme ability;” “a rare poet of the violin” reported The South
China Morning Post; “Morgenstern played a program that tested every part of a violinist’s equipment and he did it all
beautifully,” wrote The Washington Post.
Mr. Morgenstern has also shared the stage with such eminent musicians as Philippe Entremont, Lynn Harrell, André-Michel
Schub, Jeffrey Kahane, Sharon Isbin, and Heinz Holliger, and has collaborated with United States Poet Laureate Robert
Pinsky, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, and performance artist Laurie Anderson.
Mr. Morgenstern’s discography includes works by Beethoven, Fauré, Copland, Ravel, Kodaly, Sessions and the awardwinning
American composer George Tsontakis. His latest recording, 20th Century Duos for Violin and Cello, was the No. 1
classical CD for over a month on eMusic, the largest online store for independent music in the world, and was one of the top
ten best selling classical music albums on Amazon.com. Of the CD The New York Times raved, “the music is terrific and the
performances compelling on this surprisingly exciting and excellently engineered recording.” Mr. Morgenstern records for the
MMC, Engine Company and Koch International Classics labels, and can regularly be heard on National Public Radio and
classical music radio stations across the country.
Highlights of Mr. Morgenstern’s recent seasons include interdisciplinary performances with the Juilliard Dance Company at
Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Ballet; the premieres of staged versions of The Epic of Gilgamesh, Venus and Adonis with
Claire Bloom and John Neville, and Samuel Beckett at 100 at New York City’s 92nd Street Y and at Harvard University. Mr.
Morgenstern’s performance in the Nine Circles Chamber Theatre production of When Samson Met Delilah toured Holland to
rave reviews and his recent appearance in Toronto was broadcast throughout Canada on CBC. He also appeared as violin
soloist in U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s translation of Dante’s Inferno, which toured the country and was broadcast on
PBS and NPR, for which it received a Peabody nomination. Mr. Morgenstern continues to tour the United States and Europe,
and his highly acclaimed Reflections Series has recently been presented in London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Milan and Venice.
Mr. Morgenstern lives in New York City. For more information, visit www.gilmorgenstern.com.
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