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Ebb & Flow Ensemble to Perform Masterpiece at the MACC

January 17, 2013
The Maui Weekly

On Sunday, Jan. 27, at 5 p.m. at Maui Arts & Cultural Center's (MACC) Castle Theater, the Ebb & Flow Ensemble will perform Arnold Schoenberg's groundbreaking "String Quartet #2" in F sharp minor (1908) for soprano and string quartet, a masterpiece that changed music forever with its new vistas of sound.

The Ebb & Flow Ensemble is comprised of Honolulu-based soprano Rachel Schutz, Ignace Jang and Helen Liu on violins, Steven Flanter on viola, Joanna Morrison-Pernela on cello, and Maui composer and pianist Robert Pollock.

"We are proud that on Jan.27, Maui Arts & Cultural Center will present Ebb & Flow Ensemble for the seventh time since 2001," said Pollock. "We expect a more positive reception of Schoenberg's Quartet than at its premiere in 1908, when it caused a riot!"

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The Ebb & Flow Ensemble is comprised of Honolulu-based soprano Rachel Schutz, Ignace Jang and Helen Liu on violins, Steven Flanter on viola, Joanna Morrison-Pernela on cello, and Maui composer and pianist Robert Pollock.

Musicians and artists from three islands will join forces to perform Pollock's "Contrast" for soprano and string quartet (2012) based on a poem by Robinson Jeffers.

A video by Maui's Peter Swanzy will be shown, which features images from a painting by Hawai'i Island artist Tomas Belsky, who was inspired by both Pollock's composition and Jeffer's poetry.

A silent auction for Belsky's painting and a DVD of the performance will be held the day of the concert.

Other featured works include Dina Koston's humorous soprano solo, exciting songs by American composers Henry Cowell, Edward T. Cone and Roger Sessions, plus a delightful piano quintet by Jean Francaix.

Enjoy a pre-concert discussion in the Castle Theater at 4 p.m.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m., Pollock will host a free public "informance" about the music in the MACC's Haynes Meeting Room.

Tickets are $28 (plus applicable fees).

Pre-show dinner will be by Star Anise Indian Cuisine.

For further information, visit www.mauiarts.org, call the MACC Box Office at (808) 242-SHOW (7469), visit the E&FA Website at www.ebbandflowarts.org, and call (808) 876-1854.

 
 
 

 

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