League of American Orchestras
IN THE NEWS
April 7, 2008
ProMusica presents Auerbach premiere
In Sunday's (4/6) Columbus Dispatch, Lynn Green reviews the concert "Saturday night at the Southern Theatre, as the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, with guest artist The Borromeo String Quartet, presented a program featuring the world premiere of [Lena] Auerbach's Fragile Solitudes: Shadowbox for String Quartet and Chamber Orchestra. Auerbach's style might be challenging for listeners not accustomed to contemporary classical music; she takes elements of Stravinsky, Babbitt (her former teacher), Schoenberg and even Cage and melds them with a modern, graceful lyricism. Fragile Solitudes reflects her literary themes of transformation and decay, an undertow of fear and exaltation beneath a glassy surface. ... The Borromeo Quartet, renowned for their interpretations of contemporary works, brought a rare level of artistry to the new work. It seemed less a world premiere than a standard in their repertoire list. Likewise, ProMusica showed its flexibility and scope in masterfully handling Auerbach's technical demands." The Borromeo Quartet also performed on Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for Strings and Beethoven's Grosse Fugue, Op. 133, and ProMusica rounded out the program with Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No. 1 and Russell Nagy's Cynosure--A Fantasia for the Arts.