Piano Etudes of the 21st Century

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8:30 pm – 10:00 pm


Spectrum NYC
New York, NY


Eleonor Sandresky will perform selections from Philip Glass’ Book of Etudes, two from Pamela Madsen’s Luminous Etudes: Visions of the Black Madonna of Montserrat, and selections from her own Strange Energies, all for solo piano.

When asked to premier the works of Pamela Madsen, Sandresky was struck by how the concept of an etude had transcended the technical problems of playing an instrument and into something much larger. The Glass pieces treat the piano as a multi-layered ensemble that is operatic in nature, while the Madsen are meant to possess healing powers.

Her own Strange Energies are more about playing with sound in a space: how do certain musical figures and techniques change the way the sound interacts with the space, and therefore how the sound interacts with the audience? Sound is a physical property, its waves bouncing around in space interacting with everything it comes in to contact with, but most people don’t think of it that way. That is why they are ‘strange’.

Come to the concert and decide for yourself if these pieces fulfill their mission. This concert is a part of Composers Now Festival 2016!

The Composers Now Festival celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to our society. During the month of February, the Festival brings together dozens of performances presented by venues, ensembles, orchestras, opera companies, dance companies and many other innovative events throughout New York City. Experience the sounds and get to know the creators behind the music. From jazz to indie, from classical to electronic and beyond, join us on a sonic journey through the landscape of the arts of our time. Composers will be in attendance, interacting with audiences. Composers Now is a project partner of The Fund for the City of New York. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Cheswatyr Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, ASCAP, BMI, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.