ECCE Presents: The Music of Michael Hersch
Zwischen Leben und Tod: Twenty-two pieces after images by Peter Weiss
Join us for an evening of contemporary music intended to inspire thought and spark conversation. Ecce’s residency at the Athenæum reflects the institution’s historically significant role as a hub of civic discourse. Composer Michael Hersch will present an epic 90-minute performance with Jennifer Choi on violin and and Julia Den Boer on piano. The duo will perform Zwischen Leben und Tod: Twenty-two pieces after images of Peter Weiss.
Born in Washington D.C. in 1971, Michael Hersch is widely regarded as among today's most gifted artists. He came to international attention at age twenty-five, when he was awarded First Prize in the Concordia American Composers Awards. Later that year he became one of the youngest recipients ever of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition. Mr. Hersch has also been the recipient of the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship and Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and the President's Frontier Award from the Johns Hopkins University, among other honors.
Recent and upcoming premieres include his Violin Concerto with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, and the Avanti Festival in Helsinki and new productions of his monodrama, On the Threshold of Winter, in Chicago . The two-act work premiered in 2014 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Of the premiere The New York Times noted: "...in On the Threshold of Winter Mr. Hersch has given himself the space to burrow past anger and incomprehension in search of an art fired by empathy and compassion." The Baltimore Sun described the piece as "a work of great originality, daring, and disturbing power."
A wine and cheese reception for this event will begin at 5:30 pm. Composer remarks will start at 6:00 pm and the performance will begin at 6:15 pm. There will be a casual gathering at Carrie Nation following the performance at 7:45 pm.
ECCE is a community of accomplished musicians who are committed to presenting music, theater, and interdisciplinary art in a captivating and visionary way. Integral to its mission is fostering collaboration among creative thinkers across disciplines: performing arts, science, technology, and social justice. By engaging science, technology, and a full range of multidisciplinary artistic media, Ecce seeks to create experiences that inspire original thinking and social change.
This event is in partnership with the Goethe Institut-Boston.