Pianist/composer Haskell Small will be part of An Evening Celebrating Mark Rothko, Friday, September 20 – 5:30 PM in the Hamilton Building of The Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Ave Parkway in Denver, Colorado.
Small will perform his composition The Rothko Room; Journeys in Silence. He writes about the work, “The artist Mark Rothko said tragedy, ecstasy, and doom are the only important things in art. I’ve attempted to do this in music. In this piece, I’m trying to play so quietly as to be on the very cusp of audibility, but there are occasional outbursts paralleling Rothko’s passionate nature (wild primeval, ritualistic dances). The work was influenced by Mompou’s Musica Callada and the work of Arvo Part.” The piece was given its World Premiere in February 2011 at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Sound samples and more about the music at http://haskellsmall.com/compositions/2011/the-rothko-room-journeys-in-silence.
For tickets and more information about An Evening Celebrating Mark Rothko, call 720-913-0130 or visit http://www.denverartmuseum.org/calendar/evening-celebrating-mark-rothko.
Following in the tradition of 18th and 19th century pianist/composers, Haskell Small is an accomplished composer as well as pianist. You can see his videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/haskellsmall. For more information about Haskell Small, visit http://www.haskellsmall.com/.