TribLIVE

| Home


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Review: Ion Sound Project bursting with renewal

Daily Photo Galleries

Monday, Dec. 21, 2009
 

Every piece on Ion Sound Project's new-music concert Sunday evening was a rewarding experience that contributed to the ecological sensibility of the group's thematic season, "Reduce, Renew, Recycle." The concert at Bellefield Hall of the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland, focused on renewal, with musical agitation yielded to a nurturing sensibility and hope.

Pianist Rob Frankenberry provided the spirit that lived up to the title of Libby Larsen's "Firebrand," but the more dulcet ideas originating in the flute, violin and cello carried the day. Michael Torke's "After the Forest Fire" reached the warmest conclusion, with Eliseo Real's beautiful marimba playing provided a gentle sonority that supported Peggy Yoo's sensuous flute and Elisa Kohanski's ardent cello.

The five sections of Orianna Webb's "Sequence Dreams" were delightfully varied, with excellent rhythmic and melodic shape. The writing gave violinist Laura Motchalov plenty of opportunity to show her range, with the marimba part a strongly supporting second. The flutist, cellist and pianist in this piece played only glass instruments, including tuned glasses played by rubbing the rim with a moistened finger. Tuned beer bottles, played by blowing across the lip of the bottle, provided a droll accompaniment for the "Village Dance" movement.

The world premiere of Jonathan Kolm's Terra Secundum was the gratifying conclusion, fluent in its diversity and persuasive in its concluding "Equilibium."

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Starkey: What are Penguins, Pirates up to?
  2. 3 in Westmoreland charged in prescription narcotics operation
  3. Kennametal plans plant closings, job cuts; fallout from oil and gas decline
  4. Wintry mix of rain, freezing rain and snow bearing down on Pittsburgh area
  5. Pitt’s 2015 schedule includes 5 road games in 1st 7 games
  6. Pa. Treasurer McCord resigns without explanation, to leave Feb. 12
  7. 2 arrested in Wilkinsburg shooting
  8. Lapierre eager to make mark with Penguins
  9. Uber gains PUC approval to operate in most of Pa. for 2 years
  10. Capitals dominate overmatched Penguins in win at Verizon Center
  11. Beer spills onto Route 22 when delivery truck collides with coal truck