Mirror Visions Ensemble Presents:

Of Beasts and Brutes

Monday, March 12, 2018

Loreto Theater

Of Beasts and Brutes playfully and seriously shines light on the human and animal traits that might emerge in an uprising against totalitarianism, as seen in Orwell's Animal Farm. The songs reference animalized brutes since the early Romans, up to and including modern times. Curated by Richard Lalli, this concert of great music and texts includes three newly-commissioned world premieres from Francine Trester, Scott Wheeler and Christopher Berg, along with Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Rachmaninoff and Hanns Eisler, among others.

Mirror Visions Ensemble (MVE) was founded from a desire to explore the relationship between music and text, initially through the creation of “mirror visions” — settings of the same text to music by different composers. The group's passion for storytelling has produced thematic concerts on surprising subjects, based on scholarly research and laced with humor, leading to the revitalization of art song programming. Featuring soprano, tenor, baritone and piano, often joined by other instrumentalists, MVE’s programs take audiences on an imaginative journey through song, showcasing both well-known and oft-neglected pieces, set to texts by poets and historical figures. Now in its 26th season, Mirror Visions Ensemble has fostered the work of new composers through the commissioning of over 85 works by 28 composers. The ensemble has presented its programs, residencies, and masterclasses both in the U.S. and abroad at concert halls, schools, libraries, and museums such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, Le Poisson Rouge, California State University at Fullerton, University of Southern California, New York University, Yale University, and France’s Musée Carnavalet, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and American University of Paris.

Vira Slywotzky, soprano

Scott Murphree, tenor

Mischa Bouvier, baritone

Margaret Kampmeier, piano