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.
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 of Reflections.
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 internationally performed composer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music. Lauded as “an authentic American voice” by critic Thomas Bohlert 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.
Recent projects include a recording of two cello sonatas, “Paradise Found” and “Requiem for the Planet” for Avie Records with cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio of the Eroica Trio, and "Lacrymae" for cello choir for cellist Inbal Segev’s “20 for 2020” project.
Upon its release in 2019, the recording of Wolosoff’s “Concerto for Cello and Orchestra,” performed by Sant’Ambrogio and Grzegorz Nowak with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, reached the Billboard Top 10 classical chart. Critic Jerry Dubins of Fanfare Magazine described the concerto as one of “compelling beauty” that “can be declared an instant masterpiece.” Wolosoff joined Ms. Sant’Ambrogio in another recording, “for April,” a work for cello and piano inspired by the charcoal drawings of April Gornik. In honor of the Roswell Artists-in-Residence Program’s 50th anniversary, Wolosoff was commissioned to write “The Astronomer’s Key,” a piano quartet informed by the artwork of Milton Resnick. The Eroica Trio commissioned “The Loom,” a piece inspired by the watercolors of Eric Fischl. These last three pieces were recorded by the Montage Music Society for the 2019 album “Creating Music Inspired by Visual Art.”
Wolosoff collaborated with the late choreographer Ann Reinking on three ballets: The White City, A Light in the Dark, and Darkling, I Listen. The White City, based on the novel by Erik Larsen and made in partnership with Thodos Dance Chicago, enjoyed a two-season tour around the country. The Chicago Sun-Times named it “Best Dance of 2011.” A Light in the Dark, inspired by the lives of Helen Keller and Ann Sullivan, was nominated for an Emmy Award in Outstanding Achievement for Arts Programming. The Chicago Sun-Times described the production as “a feast for the senses,” Dance Magazine as “masterful,” and the Chicago Stage Standard as having “the hallmarks of an instant classic.”
Born in New York City in 1955, Wolosoff played in a variety of rock bands as a teenager while pursuing studies in classical piano performance. During his early career as a freelance classical pianist, Wolosoff’s debut recital earned a glowing review from then-New York Times music critic Tim Page, who 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. Additional commissions have come from ETHEL, the Lark Quartet, recorder player Michala Petri, and the 21st Century Consort.
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 Juliet Garrett and mixed media artist Katya Wolosoff.