Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Concert at PEM is Amazing!

On Saturday night, May 25, we were fortunate to attend a sold-out performance by PEMs new Composer-in-Residence, Matthew Aucoin, who also conducted this amazing event.  Since I am not a "music writer" I am happy to pass along some commentary by the Boston Globe and WBUR, as you can see by the links below.  I was able to snap a few photos with my iPhone, as as well a snippet of video so that you could hear a tiny bit of this grand musical event.

I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about what makes Salem such a special place to live and visit.

I loved how the whole thing was reflected in the glass ceiling at the end of the Atrium.

This video is more about the wonderful sound, so be sure your speakers are on.

The audience was seated right in an among the musicians, adding a wonderful proximity to the music and the performance.

Matt Aucoin's debut concert receives a tremendously positive review in today's Boston Globe:

“Tracing a Line” was an innocent-looking title for the program offered Saturday in the Atrium of the Peabody Essex Museum. The line ran from a 17th-century German chorale through a Bach cantata to the Berg Violin Concerto. But PEM composer-in-residence Matthew Aucoin didn’t just trace the line, he explored it, in the tradition of the seafarers who founded the museum. And he extended it into the 21st century by incorporating the chorale into a startling work of his own that provided the magnificent climax to a magnificent evening. [...] Bach and Berg would have had ample reason to nod approval.

And WBUR's Andrea Shea profiles the museum's young Composer-In-Residence, observing:

Aucoin continued to paint a vivid picture, “You’re sitting 75 rows back between two people who are falling asleep, and another one who shushes you every time you move a muscle.” Aucoin rebels against that, asking his musicians to sit scattered among the audience. He inserts poetry and choreography so the players move about the room. The lighting is sophisticated — it illuminates the composer, who also conducts, sometimes up on his tippy toes. At times Aucoin looks a bit like a rock star in his ripped jeans and black sneakers.

I hope you will have the opportunity to attend another such event in the future.  Stay tuned right here for more information.


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