The main piece Weather Part I by Michael Gordon performed as a background for a locally inspired video (by Stefan Rose) created the mental image of vibrating strings struggle to reach, somewhere higher, a peaceful place when they don't vibrate anymore and time kind of stands still.
The evening started with Omar Daniel's Annunciation, performed by Penderecki String Quartet. The six parts of the piece: Raffaello, da Vinci, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Caravaggio and Fra Lippi represented musically Omar's interpretation of different Renaissance paintings having the same subject: Mary is announced by Angel Gabriel that she is to bear Jesus. This performance reminded me of cyclical popping in and out of existence of elementary particles.
The next piece, the 2007 World Premiere, Weather by Jascha Narveson was an original combination of intricate dialogs between strings, accordion and harp.
A Tango kind of dialog was represented in the next performance of Oswaldo Golijov's Last Round. It prepared us for the main piece of the evening that with its dissonant music represented perfectly the struggle of strings vibrations.
The music was harmonious with Stefan Rose's video that continuously slided back and forth between fuzzy weather patterns (dark real or paper made clouds, winter roads, semi-frozen shores, etc.) and children's play with a paper game that represents some old buildings facades having on the background a representative Kitchener modern building and the CN-Tower. The video ends up in the tranquility of a luminous cloud.
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