The cell theatre (NYC) on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 (8 PM)

For its 7th annual Peace Concert, the new music group Ensemble Pi joins forces with the socially-engaged theater collective Great Small Works for the premiere of Eisler on the Go— an animated puppet show on the life and work of German/Jewish composer Hanns Eisler. A student of Schoenberg who fled Germany before WWII, Eisler was placed on the Hollywood blacklist during the McCarthy period and deported back to Germany in 1948 due to his communist beliefs. Drawing on folk, avant-garde and popular tradition, Great Small Works will create original toy theater as a graphic narrative to Eisler’s life, while addressing the critical social issues of our times. Ensemble Pi will perform several songs by Eisler with text by Brecht, including “To My Little Radio,” “And the Times are Dark and Fearful” and “Supply and Demand”; as well as the first movement of Eisler’s Piano Sonata No. 3; and Klavierstücke Op 32 no V and VI.

The concert will also feature exerpts from American/Norwegian composer Kristin Norderval’s The Trials of Patricia Isasa. With a libretto by Naomi Wallace, the work is based on the story of Patricia Isasa who at 16 years old was kidnapped by the Argentine police, tortured and held prisoner without trial for two and a half years. One of Patricia Isasa’s torturers was a graduate of the U.S-based School of the Americas, which trained numerous Latin American military officers, many of who were later connected to human rights abuses.

Opening the concert is Susan Botti’s Lament: The Fallen City, a chamber piece for violin and piano which reflects upon the fall of Troy as a metaphor for modern cities that have experienced natural or human-made disaster (i.e. Baghdad; New Orleans; Pisco, Peru; or Greensburg, Kansas).

Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10, 2012, at 8 p.m.
the cell theatre, 338 West 23rd Street, NYC
$15 ($10 for students and seniors)
(646) 861-2253 | http://www.thecelltheatre.org | www.ensemble-pi.org

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