The Arts in Conversation
Reflections on Poetry & Inspiration
Program #1: "(Mostly) Music Inspired by Poetry "
Thursday, March 25th, 2021 @8pm
Featuring cellist Inbal Segev performing music of Anna Clyne
oboist James Austin Smith performing music by Suzanne Farrin and Benjamin Britten
an original dance by Xin Ying
singer-songwriter Juliet Garrett performing an original song
Bruce Wolosoff performing an original solo piano work and music by Frederic Chopin
artist Margaret Garrett's video art piece to music inspired by John Keats,
and poetry read by actor Josh Gladstone.
photo by Grant Legan
Inbal Segev is “a cellist with something to say” (Gramophone). Combining rich tone and technical mastery with rare dedication and intelligence, she has appeared with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic and Pittsburgh Symphony, collaborating with such prominent conductors as Marin Alsop, Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta. A co-curator of chamber music at the Baltimore Symphony’s New Music Festival, she co-founded the Amerigo Trio with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus. Committed to reinvigorating the cello repertoire, she has commissioned new works from Timo Andres, Avner Dorman, Gity Razaz, Dan Visconti and Anna Clyne. Recorded with Alsop and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Avie Records, Segev’s 2020 premiere recording of Clyne’s new cello concerto, DANCE, was an instant success, topping the Amazon Classical Concertos chart and being chosen as one of NPR Music’s “Favorite Songs of 2020.” The cellist’s discography also includes acclaimed albums of Bach’s Cello Suites (Vox) and Romantic cello works (Avie), while her popular YouTube masterclass series, Musings with Inbal Segev, has thousands of subscribers around the world and more than a million views to date. Segev’s many honors include prizes at the Pablo Casals, Paulo and Washington International Competitions. A native of Israel, at 16 she was invited by Isaac Stern to continue her cello studies in the U.S., where she earned degrees from Yale University and the Juilliard School. Her cello was made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1673.
Praised for his “virtuosic,” “dazzling" and “brilliant” performances (The New York Times) and his “bold, keen sound” (The New Yorker), oboist James Austin Smith performs new and old music across the United States and around the world. Mr. Smith is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Decoda, co-principal oboist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Artistic and Executive Director of Tertulia, a chamber music series that takes place in restaurants in New York and San Francisco He is a member of the oboe and chamber music faculties of Stony Brook University and the Manhattan School of Music.
Mr. Smith’s festival appearances include Marlboro, Lucerne, Music@Menlo, Spoleto USA, Bridgehampton, Bowdoin, Bay Chamber Concerts, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Orlando; he has performed with the St. Lawrence, Parker, Rolston and Orion string quartets and recorded for the Nonesuch, Bridge, Mode and Kairos labels.
Mr. Smith received his Master of Music degree in 2008 from the Yale School of Music and graduated in 2005 with Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and Bachelor of Music degrees from Northwestern University. He spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Leipzig, Germany at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” and is an alumnus of Ensemble Connect, a collaboration of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, the Weill Music Institute and the New York City Department of Education. Mr. Smith’s principal teachers are Stephen Taylor, Christian Wetzel, Humbert Lucarelli and Ray Still.
Guest Artist Biographies
Cellist Inbal Segev
Oboist James Austin Smith
Artist Margaret Garrett
Margaret Garrett is an American artist and dancer whose abstract paintings, videos and works on paper explore movement, shape, rhythm, and the unfolding of contrapuntal patterns. Born in North Carolina and raised in Pennsylvania, she grew up training to be a dancer. At the age of sixteen, she joined the Pennsylvania Ballet and later danced with the Cleveland Ballet as a soloist. In her early twenties, she discovered painting, finding something spiritually akin to dance in the movement of line and color and from that time on her focus has been on visual art.
Margaret Garrett’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows across the United States in galleries and museums including Planthouse Gallery, the Parrish Art Museum, Danese/Corey and the Flag Art Foundation, the Armory Show, Art on Paper, Art Miami, Dallas Art Fair, and the Baltimore Museum Contemporary Print Fair. In 2020, her film “Elegy” was an official selection for the London International Motion Picture Awards. She has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and in Assisi, Italy, and has collaborated on two projects with Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas. Garrett’s work is held in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe. Museum collections include the Blanton Art Museum, Parrish Art Museum, Jordan Schnitzer Collection, and Guild Hall Museum. She currently lives and maintains a studio on Shelter Island, NY.
Dancer/Choreographer Xin Ying
Xin Ying is a choreographer and a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, featured as Dance Magazine's October 2020 cover star. Her work “Almost Ritual” was commissioned by Co•Lab Dance and previewed on the New Yorker and NY Times must-watch lists. Her improv dance videos have been been featured by MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. In 2016, Xin Ying choreographed her own “Lamentation Variation” and created a dance film inspired by Martha Graham's "Lamentation." In 2018, she presented a piece entitled “巢”(Nest) at Google, which incorporated dance with Google VR paint technology.
photo by Matt Dine
Singer-Songwriter Juliet Garrett
Juliet Garrett is a singer and songwriter from Shelter Island, NY. She has performed around London, Europe, and New York in venues such as the Green Note and Rockwood Music Hall. Her first collection of songs, Make Believe, recorded in London with producer Fiona Cruickshank, is being released in early 2021.
Actor Josh Gladstone
Josh Gladstone has served as Artistic Director of the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall since 2000 where most recently he directed Alec Baldwin, Blair Underwood and Rob Morrow in the comedy Stan The Man by Eugene Pack, and acted alongside Mercedes Ruehl and F. Murray Abraham in Jules Feiffer’s A Bad Friend, an evening celebrating the playwright’s 90th birthday. At the Drew he’s directed and/or produced such plays as Romeo & Juliet, Extinction, Steve Martin’s The Underpants, All My Sons starring Laurie Metcalf and Alec Baldwin; Clever Little Lies starring Marlo Thomas; Tony Walton’s productions of Tonight at 8:30 starring Blythe Danner, Equus starring Alec Baldwin and Moby Dick Rehearsed starring Peter Boyle; The Glass Menagerie starring Amy Irving; and The Exonerated starring Mia Farrow. Regional credits: The Neo-Political Cowgirls; Bay Street; Children’s Theatre Co.; Shakespeare Theatre, DC; and four seasons as co-founding Artistic Director of the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival.