Thursday | March 30 2023 | 7:30 pm
$15 student and $20 senior tickets are available. Call the box office at 212 501 3330.
Pianist Eliza Garth returns to Merkin Hall with “Voices,” an evening of radiant, emergent works. The program includes premieres of works she commissioned from Nomi Epstein and Sheree Clement; the New York premiere of Judith Weir’s Piano Concerto (conducted by James Baker); and two masterpieces by Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 6 (winner of the Pulitzer Prize) and Chacona.
Garth’s commissions reveal her adventurous and imaginative spirit. In For Eliza, Epstein uses the prepared piano to create colorful, complex sonorities, explored in slow motion. Garth makes her theatrical debut in Clement’s Teeth, playing the role of a disintegrating pianist during the pandemic of 2020, haunted by her thoughts and musical memories in fixed media.
As described in the NY Times, “Ms. Garth…has an exquisite ear for piano sound. One can think of no one better qualified to play this intricate, shining music.”
Ms. Garth is a graduate of the Juilliard School.
Eliza Garth, piano
James Baker, conductor
Rebecca Fischer, violin
Anna Lim, violin
Curtis Macomber, violin
Deborah Wong, violin
Lois Martin, viola
Liuh-Wen Ting, viola
Chris Finckel, cello
Robert LaRue, cello
Lew Paer, contrabass
JUDITH WEIR - The Art of Touching the Keyboard
NOMI EPSTEIN - For Eliza
MARIO DAVIDOVSKY - Sychronisms No. 6
SHEREE CLEMENT - Teeth
MARIO DAVIDOVSKY - Chacona
JUDITH WEIR - Piano Concerto
Photo by Tatiana Daubek Photography