Suite Talk

A series of interactive performances exploring the cello’s journey through time and the many ways its history can enhance our hearing of two new commissions.

“Suite Talk” is a pioneering series of lecture recitals that aim to help a wide audience engage with new music for solo cello. Cellist Zachary Mowitz and composer Nick DiBerardino will lead audiences through a program specifically curated to demystify two new works: “Oracle,” by DiBerardino, and “Suite for Solo Cello,” by Ira J. Mowitz. Participants will discover how this new music connects to the history of the instrument. During each interactive performance, Zachary will play excerpts by Bach, Gabrielli, Britten, Saariaho, and others that illuminate connections and innovations across many musical eras. The series culminates in a concert at the Free Library of Philadelphia on 6/16 that features both new commissions alongside staples from the solo cello repertoire.

 

Free Library Series

Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

A workshop series exploring the cello's journey through time and the many ways its history can illuminate our hearing of music, past and present.

These interactive lecture recitals feature two brand new works for solo cello by Nick DiBerardino and Ira Mowitz. Participants will discover how this new music connects to the rich legacy of the cello's past, emerging with a deeper experience of music. The series culminates in a recital on June 16, featuring the new commissions alongside staples from the solo cello repertoire.


 
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Suite Talk I: Prelude

February 23rd, 3pm-4pm, Music Department

How to listen like Bach. We will examine how historically informed listening can deepen our experience of a piece in the concert hall. Excerpts by Gabrieli, Bach, and others will reveal the rich 350-year history of the cello. Equipped with this new understanding, we will hear two brand new works and start a conversation with their composers.

 

Suite Talk II: Dance

May 19th, 3pm-4:30pm, Music Department

How to dance like Bach. We will discuss Bach’s dance suites in detail, how the form evolved through time, and how it influenced the featured commissions.

 

Suite Talk III: Resonance

June 16th, 1:30pm workshop, 3pm recital, Main Lobby

How to follow in Bach’s footsteps. We will dive into the world of contemporary cello music, hearing the many ways composers today are pushing the boundaries of the instrument. The culminating recital will begin at 3PM.