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Ensemble X: Forbidden Songs

Sunday, March 18, 2018
at 3:00 PM

Barnes Hall
129 Ho Plz
Ithaca, NY 14853

Free Event



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U.S. premieres of music by composer Roman Palester (1907–1989). At 2:30, a preconcert lecture/discussion will explore the fascinating story of Palester’s life and music.

The American premiere of Palester’s music is a major event for both concert audiences and scholars. Palester’s blend of neoclassical energy with a lyrical sensibility made him among the most distinctive composers of twentieth-century Poland. But his music was long banned there and has been almost completely forgotten.

Members of Cornell’s new music group, Ensemble X, will lead the premieres, including pianist Xak Bjerken, soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, and violinists David Colwell and Susan Waterbury. “It’s very attractive music,” observes Waterbury, Professor of Violin at Ithaca College; “it’s playful yet soulful.”

Cosponsored by the Cornell Council for the Arts; the Society for the Humanities at Cornell; the Cornell Institute for European Studies, the Council for European Studies; and the Jewish Studies Program, Romance Studies, and Music at Cornell.


Participants: Chris Kim