Austin Camerata: Reinventions

May 23 - May 24

Event Details

  • Wed, May 23
    7:30 pm
  • Thu, May 24
    7:30 pm

All Ages

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Austin Camerata presents Reinventions, May 23 – 24 in Rollins Studio Theatre.

Internationally renowned violinist Chee-Yun Kim and choreographer Dorothy O’Shea Overbey join Austin Camerata’s conductorless chamber orchestra to present Reinventions. The program features selections from Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg, Kim as soloist on Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, and Symphony for Strings (String Quartet No. 8 Op. 110) by Dmitri Shostakovich in collaboration with Overbey’s original choreography for five dancers.

Holberg Suite is one of the most beloved compositions by Edvard Grieg. Grieg composed this piece in 1884 in honor of Norwegian writer Ludvig Baron Holberg’s 200th birthday. Grieg’s homage to Holberg is seen in the inclusion of Baroque elements borrowed from Bach and Handel—Holberg’s contemporaries. Grieg interweaves these elements with hints of Nordic folk songs to create this charming composition.

The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires is a prime example of Piazzolla’s seductive “new Tango” style. using the traditional tango as his base, Piazzolla combines jazz and classical styles to create a tango infused with characteristics of Bartok, Stravinsky, and Vivaldi. Akin to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, this work consists of four main sections, which paint vivid pictures of each time of year. Listeners will journey through the boldness of summer, the bittersweetness of fall, the solitude of winter, and the electricity of spring, and will delight in quotes from Vivaldi’s original Four Seasons along the way.

As the collaborative centerpiece of the program, Austin Camerata will perform Symphony for Strings with interactive choreography by Dorothy O’Shea Overbey. Shostakovich’s masterpiece is a powerful reflection on war, politics, and the personal struggle of a composer caught between his own demons and dictatorship under the Soviet Union. Dedicated to “the victims of war and fascism,” the music evokes nightmarish chase scenes, sardonic waltzes, and haunting beauty, mourning the losses of those who died in WWII. This monumental work is reimagined with innovative choreography to reveal the music’s incredible history and to connect its story with audiences on a level never yet achieved.

  • $10 student tickets are available for this event
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About Chee-Yun Kim

Since her first public performance at age 8 in her native Seoul, violinist Chee-Yun has enraptured audiences on five continents with her flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry. Since winning the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1989 and the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, she has performed regularly with the world’s foremost orchestra. Her orchestral highlights include a concert with the Seoul Philharmonic conducted by Myung-Whun Chung, a benefit for UNESCO with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Avery Fisher Hall, and her tours of the United States with the San Francisco Symphony and Japan with the NHK Symphony. Past orchestral engagements include her return to the Dallas Symphony, and performances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony. A gifted recitalist, Chee-Yun has performed in all the major US cities. In 2016, Chee-Yun performed as a guest artist for the Secretary General at the United Nations in celebration of Korea’s National Foundation Day and the 25th Anniversary of South Korea joining the UN. Firmly committed to chamber music, Chee-Yun’s seven discs on the Denon label and one on the Naxos label have received exceptional acclaim. In 1993, Chee-Yun was invited to perform at the White House for President Bill Clinton and his guests honoring the recipients of the National Medal of the Arts. Chee-Yun plays the 1669 Francesco Rugeri violin which she has owned since 1991.

Austin Camerata is a sponsored project of Austin Creative Alliance. Reinventions is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, as well as the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.

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