Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Coming Soon To The Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts, The Cello That Thought That It Was Almost Human

Maya Beiser, cello
Almost Human

Saturday, October 21, 8:00 pm
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

“Cross a deeply serious, technically honed classical musician with a fiercely sexy, attitude-driven pop star and you will have some idea” of Maya Beiser’s onstage persona, says Strings magazine. Her genre-defying program, Almost Human, includes the Washington, D.C. premiere of “I am writing to you from a far-off country,” a multimedia dreamscape of poetry, music, video, and speech, commissioned in partnership with WPAS.

Over the last decade Maya has conceived of and presented major pieces for the cello, written for her by some of the most prominent contemporary composers. Each one of her projects received great critical acclaim and was featured in the foremost concert halls worldwide. Described by the New Yorker Magazine as “The Cello Goddess,” she has been on the forefront of her field, creating a vast new repertoire for her cello.

This performance includes a video installation by Shirin Nishat, an Iranian-born artist and 2006 recipient of the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. The Gish Prize is given annually “to a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.”

Click here for music samples.


Michael Gordon: Light Is Calling
Chinary Ung: Khse Buon
Joby Talbot: Motion Detector
Tan Dun: Antiphonal Song
Evan Ziporyn: Kebyar Maya
Eve Beglarian: I am writing to you from a far-off country

Source: Washington Performing Arts Society.

Maya Beiser will be featured in one of the Kennedy Center's rare contemporary art evenings. The last one that I recall, off-hand, was New York-based Chinese visual artist's Cai Guo-Qiang's fireworks display, over the Potomac River, last October; part of the National Center's Festival of China. Mr Cai's current exhibition, on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, is barely human, in my opinion.

Photo credit: Via Washington Performing Arts Society. With thanks.


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