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Friday, August 28, 2009

Miranda Cuckson's upcoming recital in NY

In November of 2008 I authored a glowing review of a new CD by violinist Miranda Cuckson. (photo by J. Henry Fair)

For those of you who live in the New York city metro area, you are in luck. She will be performing in recital on Tuesday September 8 at the Mannes College of Music in a program of American violin music. It is part of the Transit Circle concert series.

The program includes:

Ralph Shapey Sonata for violin and piano (1950) with pianist Blair McMillen

Michael Hersch Fourteen Pieces for unaccompanied violin (2007)


Elliott Carter Duo (1973) with pianist Steve Beck (this is one of my favorites)

Cuckson will be recording the Shapey and the Hersch later this year to add to her growing number of released CDs.

About the upcoming concert on September 8th she wrote,

"It's an intense program, one that may seem very serious, but I find each of the pieces a wonderfully immersive experience in the composers' worlds, and they are full of drama, vitality, color and emotion. They also present interesting ideas about the interaction of gesture and time, and pose the kind of engaging instrumental issues that I really savor."

The concert is at 8pm and if you are on a restricted budget, you'll be glad to hear that the concert is free! Mannes is at 85th between Columbus and Amsterdam.

Can't make it to NY? If you visit Miranda's MySpace page, you can listen to a variety of musical excerpts and download a cool ring tone: such as Don Martino's Solo Sonata. Now, that's beyond cool!