North Carolina Premiere of Meira Warshauer’s Ocean Calling I and II for Piano Duo on October 24 at UNC WilmingtonPosted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement
Ocean Calling I: Waves and Currents and Ocean Calling II: From the Depths, will be given their North Carolina Premiere performances on Thursday, October 24 – 7:30 PM in Beckwith Recital Hall of the Cultural Arts Building on the campus of University of N. Carolina Wilmington, 601 S. College Road.
Performers will be pianists Norman Bemelmans and Elizabeth Loparits. The composer’s daughter, Chana Levine, created short films of the ocean for the performance.
Ticket information and more about the performance at http://www.uncw.edu/arts/oceancalling.html. Proceeds from the tickets and other donations will go towards a scholarship in memory of Mary Eunice Troy, the composer’s first piano teacher.
Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers’s 2012 University of South Carolina performances of
Ocean Calling I and II will be broadcast Monday, October 21 at 8 PM EST on WHQR radio’s Evening Concert with Pat Marriott. Listen online at http://whqr.org/programs/evening-concert-pat-marriott.
Ms. Warshauer will be interviewed on Midday Cafe with Jemila Ericson, Tuesday October 22 at noon EST on WHQR. Listen at http://whqr.org/programs/midday-interview-jemila-ericson?page=18.
The composer writes about the series and the pieces, “Ocean Calling is a series of three compositions for two pianos, dedicated to the ocean. As I learn of large-scale contaminations, over-fishing, acidification from global warming, death of coral reefs, and more, I fear we take for granted the ocean’s gifts, unaware that our survival is linked to the ocean’s health. Covering 72% of the planet surface and providing half the oxygen we breathe, while regulating our climate with currents traversing thousands of miles, the ocean has been called our life-support system. I hope the Ocean Calling series will help us to renew our connection with this vital life source and its vast, mysterious realms.”
“The first work in the series, Waves and Currents, revels in the joy of swimming at the seashore. A child of the sea, my earliest memories relate to the flow of tides and surf at the beach in North Carolina: diving into breakers, floating on the surface and jumping with crests and dips, ever watchful for the next wave about to roll and crash. Metric shifts, contrasting textures, and glissandi, both on keys and on strings inside the piano, help convey the swirling energy of waves, currents, wind, and spray. A metal chain rustles on vibrating strings to mimic the white noise of the breakers, while attentive use of the damper pedal suggests liquid, underwater resonance, contrasted with bright, dry sounds above the surface.”
“The second composition, Ocean Calling II: From the Depths, focuses on the incredibly varied and fantastical creatures of the sea as they face new threats to their fragile habitats. It explores a wide variety of sounds from the inside of the piano, as well as gentle evocations of serene beauty.”
The new work will be performed in its entirety during the UNCW New Music Festival in the Spring.
Ocean Calling I was commissioned by Gail Anastasian, Janna Baker and Laurie Walden in memory of their mother Patricia M. Baker, lover of nature and dear friend of the composer.
Ocean Calling II was commissioned by the South Carolina Music Teachers Association and the Music Teacher National Association.
Ms. Warshauer’s music is published by Hildegard, Lauren Keiser Music, World Music Press and Kol Meira Publications. Her website is at http://www.meirawarshauer.com.