Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw and the Attucka Quartet’s Evergreen album cover is all-black, reminiscent of the bright green moss and tiny plants that fill the floors of Canadian rainforests. It is an impressive close-up drawing.
It’s a dramatic imagery that reflects the show’s approach to music, often abstract and delving into interesting emotions and even politics.
The Attacca Quartet (the name refers to a musical direction that immediately moves to the next section without pausing) will be performing the work “Evergreen” as part of their second Artist Showcase Concert. One, “Three Essays: First Essay (Nimrod)” will be published. At the Sarasota Music Festival on the 15th. He will also perform Ravel’s String Quartet in F major.
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The Artist Showcase will also feature flautist Carol Winsenk, whose career spans half a century, performing “The Golden Rod” by pianist Joy Cline Finney and Satoshi Matsui. Weinberg’s Sonatine for Violin and Piano features violinist Grigory Kalinowski and pianist Jonathan Spivey.
“Nimrod” refers to the biblical figure who oversaw the construction of the Tower of Babel, which was meant to reach heaven but instead brought confusion and confusion to communication. As Shaw writes in the liner notes, she drew inspiration not only from Marilyn Robinson’s prose, but also from the turmoil of the 2016 presidential election.
According to Attacca Quartet violinist Domenik Salerni, the music is full of “harmony trapdoors, musical trapdoors where you never know where you’re going”. Things are moving very quickly with the full potential of the string quartet. “
Salerni is the newest member of the quartet. He joined violinist Amy Schroeder, violaist Nathan Schram and cellist Andrew Yee in February 2020, just in time for pandemic lockdowns, after a three-month storm of tryout concerts.
“Hey, we won a Grammy! Hey, we have a new member!” “Then of course the world shut down. We were hunkered down in the studio.”
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The Attacca Quartet is Salerni’s third professional string quartet. He was previously with the Dali Quartet for several years. he is also a composer.
“My first love was chamber music and working with people in an intimate way,” he said in a telephone interview from his home in Brooklyn. “Whether you’re a musician or a senator, you can get things done much more quickly and deeply with six or eight people than with a group of 100, and with four.”
Unlike many professional musicians who attend the Sarasota Music Festival, Salerni is not a graduate of the festival. The festival brings together dozens of conservatory students and career starters from all over the world for three weeks of intensive study. , workshops and performances.
“I was on the waiting list in 2005,” he said. “It’s great to be able to go later in life.”
As a young boy, he attended the Kinhaven School of Music, a two-week residential summer camp in Vermont.
“It was a very comprehensive experience,” he said. It was a difficult task for a young classical player, but I had a lot of fun playing with a group of friends.
What is his advice to student musicians (called fellows) attending festivals?
“My old self would have said, ‘You have to practice,’” he says. “My focus has changed. Music is beautiful, of course, but the music business can be very difficult. I want to remind everyone that music can be a part of your life.” It doesn’t have to be the heart part.
“I pinch myself every day. I feel incredibly lucky to be doing what I do.”
The Attacca Quartet will also perform with pianist and festival director Jeffrey Kahane at the Festival Friday Concert on June 16 at the Sarasota Opera House at 61 N. Pineapple Ave. He will perform the ensemble in F minor.
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Artist Showcase 2 “Gold Standard”. Thursday, June 15, 4:30 p.m., Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, Holy Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets are $30-$42. 941-953-3434; Sarasota Orchestra.org