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Sarah Plum: Violin

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September 28, 2012 8:00 pm

Sarah Plum will be presenting a program of new music for violin alone and violin and electronics with works by Sidney Corbett, Christopher Adler, Christopher Burns, Mari Takano, Matthew Burtner and Laurie Schwartz.

In late 2011 Sarah Plum released a CD – Absconditus, Music of Sidney Corbett for Violin to critical acclaim. Gramophone Magazine said that Sarah “plays with a wealth of colour and a surprising range of sounds”. The CD has been called “a gem” by the American Record Guide and “flinty and stark yet bewitchingly atmospheric” by musicweb.   On September 28th we are excited to have Sarah perform the live world premiere of the title piece Absconditus, which was written for her, with cellist, Jonathan Ruck.

Sarah will also present premieres by Christopher Adler and Christopher Burns.  Sarah performed Adler’s Jolie Sphinx(2009) last summer on the Ankunft: Neue Musik series at the Berlin Hauptbahnhof.  She enjoyed this unusual and moving piece crafted mostly of false harmonics so much that she commissioned a  violin concerto from the composer.  Sarah and Christopher will be performing a movement from this as yet unfinished piece at the Firehouse Space on September 28th.  Christopher Burns piece come ricordi come signi come echi (2011) are six studies inspired by Luigi Nono’s la lontananya nostalgica utopica futura.  These studies explore the  sounds, textures and possibilities of the violin. Sarah is thrilled to be able to give the world premiere of these evocative and thorny pieces.

Additional works include Archipel Chagall 1(1998) for Solo Violin by Sidney Corbett, Full Moon for violin with recorded sounds by Mari Takano (2008) , the shores for violin and computer samples by Laurie Schwartz and dis embodied trio (2009) by Matthew Burtner for acoustic, electric and computer violin.

Matthew will be joining Sarah at the computer for this dynamic example of live electronics.


Please join Sarah and four of the evening’s composers who will be in attendance (Sidney Corbett, Christopher Adler, Christopher Burns and Matthew Burtner) for this exciting evening of new music.  More information and media samples are available at sarahplumviolinist.com

Juilliard graduate and winner of the International Stulberg Competition, Sarah is currently on the faculty at Drake University in Des Moines, IA.  Before accepting this teaching post, she was fortunate to spend several very productive years in Germany performing on numerous festivals such as Archipel, Ars Musica, the Luzern Festival and the Festival d’Automne Paris, and in such ensembles as the Ensemble Moderne, Musik Fabrik Nord Rhein Westfalen, Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam and Ensemble Contrechamps.  During this time, she has also had the pleasure of performing as an orchestral player with the the West German Radio Symphony Orchestra (WDR) Cologne, the North German Radio Orchestra (NDR), Saarlaendischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic, among others.

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