The Imani Winds with Terrence Wilson on Piano, appeared for their debut performance at the 92nd Street Y. The versatility of these world-class artists facilitated a wide variety of musical styles, from graceful, lyrical melodies to fast-paced, virtuosic passages. They celebrated their essential roles in creating radiant, coruscating sound structures of complexity and beauty.
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Jay Campbell, cello, and Conor Hanick, piano, performed at the prestigious 92nd Street Y in New York. With a large contingency in attendance, the duo opened with Claude Debussy’s Cello Sonata (1915). In the Debussy, the duo captured the work’s stunning display of the beauty and versatility of the cello. The Cello Sonata (1915) fits the impressionist period with its fluid, non-linear musical forms and harmonic language. With aplomb, Campbell aptly evoked the intended mood, atmosphere, and tonal structures. Hanick concurred musically as he played the magnificent concert grand piano with sublime facility.
Blake Allen’s Insomnia is a cerebral, enigmatic, and mystifying artistic creation chronicling a night of an insomniac narrator. Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “Sleep and Waking” (1934), Allen mobilizes the power of music to dramatize and intensify the import of the conflicting tensions of the restive, lone sufferer.