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The Essex Piano Trio Cemetery Project
November 23, 2019 EST$15.00
The “Cemetery Project” began with the commission of a new work by local composer Ian Wiese. Written for a tenor and piano trio, the song cycle “How Blessings Brighten” uses epitaphs from gravestones in the Old Burying Point in Salem as its text.
In the composer’s words, “Each text tries to pay each dearly departed person his or her due, with the occasional dry humor when someone boasts a little bit too much.”
This concert will close with selections from the new work, which will premiere in full in 2020.
The program opens with the 1946 piece that directly inspired Wiese’s work, Nicholas Slonimsky’s Gravestones at Hancock, N.H., which uses as its text 19th century epitaphs from an actual New Hampshire graveyard, some surprisingly humorous and others tinged with pathos.
Between the two “cemetery” cycles, the trio will play a lovely 1694 sonata for violin, cello and harpsichord by German composer Philipp Erlebach.
Performers are the Essex Piano Trio: Ashley Offret on violin, David Cabral on violin/viola/cello and Beverly Soll (EPT pianist) and harpsichord.
The trio will be joined by North Shore tenor Antanas Meilus. Composer Ian Wiese will be on hand to answer questions about his new piece.