How can a painting illuminate a piece of music? What does a symphony mean to a poet, a song to a filmmaker?
Through musical performances often combined with works of other art forms, and through conversations with artists, Reflections explores the interplay of music with different disciplines, and how one creative work can inspire another. Artists have always drawn from each other’s work, but never has the plenitude of art from all over the world been so readily available as it is in the 21st century. Embracing the fruitfulness of our time, the series collaborates with a superb ensemble of creative and performing artists from all artistic disciplines. Audiences are as likely to revel in a fresh take on a familiar piece as they are to enjoy the daring of a new creation.
In the coming months, much of our work may take place online as we adapt to the restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Although we are physically isolated from one another, we remain creatively intertwined. We believe in the vitality of the arts to help our audiences find beauty in difficult circumstances, and we look forward to building our community whether through virtual performances or socially distanced gatherings.
Reflections was founded in 2007 by violinist Gil Morgenstern, who envisioned and developed a music series that broke out of the traditional recital format and celebrated the relationship between music and other art forms. Under his direction, Reflections has flourished in Europe and the United States.
Mr. Morgenstern retired from Reflections at the end of 2019. In the fall of 2020, composer and pianist Bruce Wolosoff, whose work as a composer has included musical composition inspired by works of art and other interdisciplinary collaborations, assumed the role of executive and artistic director.
Reflections presents interdisciplinary performances of solo and chamber music held in both traditional and non-traditional spaces, equally curious about the historical and cultural contexts of older works as those of recent creations and exploring, through performance and conversation with artists and creators, the inspiration that one art form may provide another: how a painting might be reflected in a piece of music, or vice versa. Over the years, the series has showcased the work of artists whose disciplines span classical music, the visual arts, literature, dance, and more. In the future, orchestral works may be presented as well.
Through its innovative programming, which engages its audiences in combinations of music, text, images and film, and explores the interplay between music and other art forms, Reflections presents the modern audience with a unique concert experience. Drawing from the plenitude of art from all over the world and from many historical and artistic styles, and with the participation of accomplished and experienced creative and performing artists of every artistic discipline, Reflections presents newly created and existing works that both reflect upon one another and invite the audience to reflect anew on universal themes.
Photo Credit: Jaime Lopez
BRUCE WOLOSOFF is a pianist and composer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music. Lauded as “an authentic American voice” for his integration of classical, jazz, blues, and contemporary influences, Wolosoff often composes in response to visual art and through collaborations with leading artists across a variety of disciplines.
Most recently, his “Concerto for Cello and Orchestra,” written for cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio of the Eroica Trio, was recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Grzegorz Nowak and commercially released in 2019. Critic Jerry Dubins of Fanfare Magazine described the concerto as one of “compelling beauty” that “can be declared an instant masterpiece.” Wolosoff has been commissioned to write music for ETHEL, the Eroica Trio, Inbal Segev, the Montage Music Society, the Roswell Artists-in-Residence Program, and more. Additionally, Wolosoff collaborated with choreographer Ann Reinking on the award willing ballets "The White City" and "A Light in the Dark."
Born in New York City in 1955, Wolosoff began studying classical piano at a young age. Of his debut recital, then-New York Times music critic Tim Page wrote that “Mr. Wolosoff is an artist with ideas. He combines keen musical insight with a prismatic sense of tonal color.” Wolosoff began receiving wider acclaim as a composer with the release of “Songs Without Words” on Naxos American Classics, a collection of 18 divertimenti performed by the Carpe Diem String Quartet.
Wolosoff earned a B.A. from Bard College and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory. He lives on Shelter Island with his wife, the artist Margaret Garrett. He has two daughters, the singer-songwriter
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