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Season 5, Concert 2

Thursday, January 27, 2005, 7 PM
Featured visual artists:
Lydia Musco


Inside-Out (2004)
Justine Chen
Primary Duo
Sarah Bob, piano Aaron Trant, percussion


Enchanted Preludes(1988)
Elliott Carter
Alicia DiDonato, flute and David Russell, cello


Venus (1967)
John Coltrane
Yesaroun’ Duo
Eric Hewitt, saxophone Samuel Solomon, percussion


Life Story (1994)
Thomas AdËs
Caprice Corona, soprano and Tali Morgulis, piano


Duo for oboe and viola (1981)
Hilary Tann
Members of Radius Ensemble
Jennifer Montbach, oboe Bradley Ottesen, viola


Remnants and Remembrance (2001)
Richard Grimes
arr. Aaron Trant for mbira and piano
Primary Duo


Unsafe (At Any Speed) (2001)
Roshanne Etezady
Primary Duo

Artist’s Statement
“The idea of two, duo, duet, is an inspiring one to contemplate. Once I began, I saw the relationship everywhere. My current work deals with duos in several ways – in two materials combining to make one piece, and in two forms existing together, either side by side or merging into one. A pair of forms takes on an independent life and seems to begin its own dialog, with the components working off each other in either a harmonious or dissonant way. Often a duo is not necessarily smooth – two elements may be in opposition. But in each case, I find that a duo creates a conversation that elevates each part beyond its own life. The reciprocating energy heightens the experience.


The materials for my current work are specific to place. I gather sand and earth and combine them with plaster or lead to create contrasts of form, color and material. These pieces are a fusing of the uncontrollable and the decided.


It is important to the work that the material has meaning to me before I use it. The work, in essence, becomes an archive of the place. This ties into my history and the evolution of the planet that formed these sands and boulders, processes that are more ancient than I can understand. It is one way to capture the encompassing perspective I crave of seeing from afar or seeing into space.


A cast-off snake skin possesses all the attributes of my current direction and influence. It alludes to once being part of a living entity. An invisible presence, which will never be seen by me, is attached to the object. I enjoy the contradictory pairing of the clarity of physical material and the mystery of history.”
– Lydia Musco