Fred Hersch is “a pianist, composer, and conceptualist of rare imaginative power.” – Nate Chinin, The New York Times
For centuries, fleeting moments could only be retained in our memories. Now photographs capture our every move. Rooms of Light, a song cycle from renowned composer/jazz pianist Fred Hersch and acclaimed poet/playwright Mary Jo Salter, explores how the cascade of images from the Civil War, wedding albums, X-rays, paparazzi, outer space and the deep seas, Instagram and selfies has changed us.
Words by Mary Jo Salter, Music Composed and Orchestrated by Fred Hersch
Directed by Daniella Topol, Lighting Design by Eric Cornwell, Music Directed and Conducted by Gregg Kallor
Performed by Jonathan Estabrooks, Rebecca Faulkenberry, Kathryn Guthrie, Gabrielle Stravelli, Michael Winther
And the Fred Hersch Ensemble: Matt Aronoff, Fred Hersch, Lois Martin, Ross Pederson, Jody Redhage, Sam Sadigursky, Laura Seaton, Bruce Williamson
70 minutes, no intermission. Learn more about Fred Hersch
Sneak Peeks are informal pre-show chats presented by the Office of Arts and Cultural Programming throughout the Peak Performances season. On October 15, acclaimed poet and playwright Mary Jo Salter joins Neil Baldwin, director of Montclair State's Creative Research Center, for an informal and insightful discussion before the world premiere of Rooms of Light. Savory snacks are provided - no ticket required!
"Contemporaries and acolytes alike admire Hersch's ability to emulate an orchestra at the piano.... But Hersch's impact transcends his instrument." Read the full article in Downbeat magazine.
Montclair Times: Peak Performances presents Rooms of Light, a new song cycle from six-time Grammy Award nominee Fred Hersch and acclaimed poet Mary Jo Salter. Read the full article in the Montclair Times.
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