The Birdfoot Festival 2014 @ The CAC residency will culminate with “Mania and Madrigals,” a concert exploring musical obsession, lust (and blood), at the CAC’s Freeport McMoRan Theater on Friday, May 30.
Gesualdo: Madrigals arranged for string quintet
Caroline Shaw: Entr’acte
Schumann: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 110
Brett Dean: Carlo for Strings, Sampler and Tape (1997)
Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, composed madrigals as spicy in harmonic twists and turns as in subject matter, but the event that sealed the prince’s infamous reputation was the gruesome double murder of his wife and her lover in 1590. At the center of this program, surrounded by Gesualdo’s own madrigals, is Carlo, a work for 18 solo strings by Australian composer Brett Dean that grapples with the inseparable nature of the man and his music. Alongside this exhilarating mix of new and very old, Robert Schumann’s passionate Trio in G minor, Op. 110, conveys a different sort of musical mania, but one equally compelling in its romantic fervor. 2013 Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw’s string quartet Entr’acte provides a fresh perspective while eloquently bringing together the old and new.
Join the Birdfoot Festival for a party following the concert.
Note: This concert will be preceded by a 7:15 p.m. performance given by participants in Birdfoot’s Chamber Music Mentoring Program.