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Composer Portraits

Suzanne Farrin

Thursday, February 2, 2023, 8PM
Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Winner of the Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellow, Suzanne Farrin explores the interior worlds of instruments and the visceral potentialities of sound in her music. This Portrait highlights another facet of her artistic practice, as an accomplished performer of the early electronic music instrument ondes Martenot. International Contemporary Ensemble delves into a program of her atmospheric work, including the world premiere of Their Hearts are Columns and selections from dolce la morte, an opera based on the love poetry of Michelangelo.

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Photo by Mackenzie Stroh for Miller Theatre

Winner of the Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellow, Suzanne Farrin explores the interior worlds of instruments and the visceral potentialities of sound in her music. This Portrait highlights another facet of her artistic practice, as an accomplished performer of the early electronic music instrument ondes Martenot. International Contemporary Ensemble delves into a program of her atmospheric work, including the world premiere of Their Hearts are Columns and selections from dolce la morte, an opera based on the love poetry of Michelangelo.

Repertoire

  • Suzanne Farrin Their Hearts are Columns (2020) World Premiere for soprano, harp, ondes Martenot, percussion, and double bass
  • Suzanne Farrin dolce la morte: unico spirto, come serpe, veggio, l’onde della non vostra, rendete (2016) for countertenor and ensemble
  • Suzanne Farrin Suono (2016) for harp and soprano
  • Suzanne Farrin corpo di terra (2009) for cello
  • Suzanne Farrin polvere et ombra (2008) for harp
  • Suzanne Farrin Time is a Cage (2007) for violin

Performers

  • Alice Teyssier soprano
  • Eric Jurenas countertenor
  • Josh Modney violin
  • Kivie Cahn-Lipman cello
  • Nuiko Wadden harp
  • Suzanne Farrin 960x1446
    Suzanne Farrin ondes Martenot
  • Vimbayi Kaziboni conductor
  • International Contemporary Ensemble by Rob Davidson
    International Contemporary Ensemble

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