REFLECTIONS IN MUSIC PRESENTS:
The world premiere of Paradise Found and Requiem for the Planet
October 9, 2021
7:00 pm; doors open at 6:00
48 Madison St.
Sag Harbor, NY
Cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio
Composer-pianist Bruce Wolosoff
We are thrilled to announce that Reflections in Music will make its return to live, in-person concerts on October 9 with the world premiere performance of two cello sonatas written by our new artistic director, composer and pianist Bruce Wolosoff.
Composed during the height of the pandemic, the sonatas offer two meditations on climate change and global crises. Requiem for the Planet, commissioned by climate change activist Robert M. Stein, is a four-movement work that considers the prospect of irrevocable loss, while Paradise Found was written as an affirmation of the preciousness of life. Reflections is proud to present this concert in recognition of one of the most important and pressing issues of our day.
Joining the composer in this performance is cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio, a regular collaborator with Wolosoff. In 2019, Sant’Ambrogio’s performance of Wolosoff’s cello concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra earned a spot on Billboard’s Top 10 Classical Albums. (Their recording of the new cello sonatas is due for release by Avie Records in the spring of 2022.)
We're very excited to be presenting this performance at The Church in Sag Harbor, a newly opened non-profit center for the arts founded by artists (and friends of Reflections) Eric Fischl and April Gornik.
Masks will be required when inside The Church.
Ticket prices are $20, payable at the door, or you can purchase tickets in advance at the link below.
The Church, Sag Harbor, NY.
Donations to Reflections help support our work and are always greatly appreciated. Donations can be made here.
Photo by Katya Wolosoff
Grammy Award winning cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio has performed all over the world with everyone from Sting to Rudolph Serkin and in every imaginable venue from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall. Her passionate playing has thrilled and intrigued audiences from Austin to Amsterdam and from Beijing to Boston in intimate clubs and for audiences as big as 15,000.
Sara has recorded six albums, garnering multiple Grammy nominations, on EMI as the cellist of The Eroica Trio and has recorded five solo albums on Sebastian Records., the last recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of the music of Elgar, Wolosoff and Piazzolla debuted on Billboard Magazine’s Top Ten list where it stayed for many weeks. Sara has had recordings featured on numerous sound tracks, most recently as the opening track for the HBO Film “A Matter of Taste.” Sara has appeared on CBS, ABC, PBS, CNN as well as Vanity Fair, Strad, Glamour, Fanfare, Elle, Strings, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Bon Apetit and Travel and Leisure. Sara’s recording with pianist Robert Koenig, The Chopin Collection, was included in “The Washington Post” list of Notable Recordings for that year.
Gramophone Magazine describes Sara’s performances as “Technically formidable and intensely communicative, these performances grab you by the ears and refuse to let you go!”
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 for Avie Records with cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio of the Eroica Trio; a double concerto for violinist Michael Guttman and cellist Jing Zhao; and a commission for cellist Inbal Segev’s “20 for 2020” project. The 2019 release of his “Concerto for Cello and Orchestra,” performed by Sant’Ambrogio and Grzegorz Nowak with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, reached the Billboard Top 10 classical chart. Additional commissioners have included ETHEL, the Eroica Trio, the Montage Music Society, the Roswell Artists-in-Residence Program, and more. Additionally, Wolosoff collaborated with choreographer Ann Reinking on three ballets: The White City, A Light in the Dark, and Darkling, I Listen.
Born in New York City in 1955, Wolosoff began his career as a classical pianist. 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.
You can read his full biography and learn more at brucewolosoff.com.