Mr. Small will perform his The Rothko Room: Journeys in Silence, which was inspired by the Rothko Room in the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.
The program notes say about the new work, “The Rothko Room” is subtitled “Journeys in Silence,” and even in a one-movement piece that purports to limn the life of Rothko himself, we begin in the ether and descend back into it at the end…Each of the four sections also evokes the four paintings that resonate off of one another (and incidentally to the visitor) in this secular sacred space. Rothko had one absolute request for this room, that it contain nothing else but one simple wooden bench: a simplicity (and a silence) that speaks volumes. “
“In the final minutes of Haskell Small’s composition we hear the blood drain from the artist as it did in life, a loss that in actual fact occurred on the very day the great Seagram Murals arrived at the old Tate Gallery, February 25, 1970. The work “The Rothko Room: Journeys in Silence” was premiered at the Phillips Collection 41 years later, in February 2011.”
The concert also includes pieces by Alan Hovhaness inspired by the spiritual power of mountains. This will be part of Small’s Journeys in Silence project. More about it at http://www.haskellsmall.com/journeys-in-silence.
For more about the February 2 performance, call 501-372-4000 or visit http://arkarts.com/page.aspx?pid=408&ceid=133.