When Tatiana Berman, international soloist and chamber musician, moved to Cincinnati in 2006, she says she took note of the multitude of musical arts organizations in town, and the possibilities for collaboration began to stir. “I thought it would be nice to present a more unified idea to the Cincinnati people, but also to the outside world in a way, by better showcasing some of the organizations—by putting them together in a festival,” Berman says.
Inspired Improvisations and Stravinsky
Presented by Constella Festival
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 7:30pm @ Freedom Center, Harriet Tubman Theater
Choreographers Heather Britt & Jimmy Cunningham with Dancers of the Cincinnati Ballet. In collaboration with the Cincinnati Art Museum, artist Sandra Gross and festival musicians.
An innovative production featuring ballet dancers, musicians and art installation on the same stage. Heather Britt and James Cunningham, Cincinnati’s exciting rising star choreographers will each present a world premiere work. Set to the music of Stravinsky and musical improvisations, this project features Cincinnati Cincinnati Ballet dancers, art installation by glass artist Sandra Gross and musicians Tatiana Berman, Eddie Kwon and Elena Kholodova.
A very special exhibition featuring prints from the “Ballet Russe” costume drawings collection will be on display at the venue for these events on loan from the Cincinnati Art Museum
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano (World Premiere) Jimmy Cunningham, choreographer Tatiana Berman, violin; Elena Kholodova, Piano Dancers: Danielle Bausinger, Sirui Liu, Abigail Morwood, Joshua Bodden, and James Gilmer
“Habitual” original composition by Gabriel Gaffney Smith titled 7.28.13 Heather Britt, choreographer Dancers : Janessa Touchet and James Gilmer
Improvisation (World premiere) Tatiana Berman, Eddy Kwon, violins
1. The Lover, Poem by Paul Eluard Heather Britt, Choreographer Dancers: Sirui Liu and James Cunningham
2. The Earth is blue like an orange by Paul Eluard James Cunningham, Choreographer Dancer: Abigail Morwood
3. I love you Paul Éluard (1895-1952) James Gilmer, Choreographer Dancers: Danielle Bausinger and Joshua Bodden
All Too Wonderful (2009) music by Peter Adam Heather Britt, choreographer Dancers: Danielle Bausinger, Jacqueline Damico, Sirui Liu, Abigail Morwood, Joshua Bodden, James Cunningham, and James Gilmer
For more information please visit www.constellafestival.org/tickets or call 513.621.2787
It’s no mean feat to direct a music festival and also star as the soloist in a world premiere performance. But multi-tasking violinist Tatiana Berman, who is also founding director of the Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts, delivered impressively in both areas in Thursday’s festival program entitled “Queen City Connections.”
It was a magnificent performance. Add to that, it was a world premiere. Berman is not only an internationally recognized violinist, but founder and hands-on artistic director of Constella, making her achievement that much more remarkable.
Coleman’s work shared the program with music by Stravinsky and Mozart (good company). The Constella Festival Chamber Ensemble, a 29-piece orchestra hand-picked by Berman from area musicians, was led by Paavo Järvi, music director laureate of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.