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Re-Inventing Bach: Roy Amotz, flute and Elissa Cassini, violin

March 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


W. F. Bach – Sonata in Canon no.1 (c 1720)
Stefano Gervasoni – Folia for violin (2011-2012)
Bach/Gervasoni – Two-Part Inventions (1723/2009)
Gervasoni – Ravine for flute (2000)
Gervasoni – Due Voci for flute and violin (1991)

From J. S. Bach to Stefano Gervasoni, this bold juxtaposition of historical extremes offers an innovative exploration of the similarities and contrasts between two treble instruments. Central to the program are Gervasoni’s colorful and imaginative transcriptions of Bach’s Inventions. Both keyboard lines are re-written, using both the violin and the viola in combination with all the flutes, including piccolo and bass flute. From wood to wind or bow to breath, this fertile opposition urges the performers to expand their expressive ranges, seeking a new unity of sound both complex and beautiful. The re-invention of instrumental roles and the reconsideration of the very notions of tradition and innovation leave the listener with the understanding of music’s inherent ability to re-invent itself.

Described as “truly communicative” (The New York Times) and as “an impeccable and powerful soloist” (Neue Musik Zeitung), Franco-American violinist Elissa Cassini’s performances span a wide and eclectic repertoire, exploring the violin’s full expressive range, from Baroque to Contemporary. While obtaining her master’s at the Juilliard School, she won the Artists International Prize for her Weill Hall Debut in 2009.

Praised by critics as “Phenomenal” and “breath-taking”, flutist Roy Amotz performs worldwide as a soloist and in various chamber music formations as well as in the orchestral field. His range of musical activity includes early music, classical and romantic repertoire as well as contemporary music. Mr. Amotz won first prizes in the International Flute Competition in Volos, Greece (2007) and in the Pergamenschikov Competition in Berlin with “Trio Vis” in 2009.


March 28, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Italian Academy, Columbia University
1161 Amsterdam Avenue (just south of 118th Street)
New York, NY 10027 United States

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