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Frederic Rzewski – Solo Piano
The highly respected composer and virtuosic pianist Frederic Rzewski will open Tigertail’s April-long FIRE festival on April 1.
Rzewski [pronounced zheff´ skee] is recognized both for his innovative works and for his strong political convictions. A founding member of the groundbreaking improvisational collective MEV, Rzewski’s pieces often bridge the gap between classical music and avant-garde jazz. Now based in Brussels, this major figure will make a rare appearance in the U.S. for a single Miami concert. Rzewski studied composition with Roger Sessions and Milton Babbitt, with composer Luigi Dallapiccola in Florence, Italy and with Elliot Carter in Berlin. In 1966 in Rome, Rzewski co-founded the seminal ensemble Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV) with fellow American composer-musicians Richard Teitelbaum and Alvin Curran.
“Mr. Rzewski, who at 78 is flinty and opinionated yet warm, is one of many great American composers whom a vast majority of America has never heard, or even heard of. But of that group, he may be the one with the most to say to us now.” — The New York Times, May 2016 read more …
Mr. Rzewski has entitled his program Music of Resistance (piano pieces based on great revolutionary songs of the 20th century). See the tentative concert program at Tigertail’s website.
A food truck will begin serving in the auditorium’s parking lot at 7:30.
The evening will begin with a special performance 8:15pm in the theater lobby. The teen winner of What is American? will perform their prize-winning poem.