Tuesday, May 31st 7pm
Violinist Jennifer Koh will curate and perform in Shared Madness, featuring short works for solo violin from more than 30 composers who have gifted their music for the project. The works will be premiered over the course of two programs at National Sawdust.
A new-music champion who regularly commissions and premieres new works for violin, Jennifer Koh began Shared Madness as a “thank you” to Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting, also new-music advocates and commissioners, whose generosity helped her purchase a major violin — the instrument on which she will perform during the recitals.
“Shared Madness celebrates the support that exists within the artistic community and also seeks to encapsulate the intensity of the creative process shared between composer and performer. I am humbled and moved by the incredible generosity of my fellow artists in an effort to help me with what initially seemed to be an impossible task: ensuring that I could continue to perform on my instrument,” Jennifer Koh says. “As an extension of the idea of community that created Shared Madness, I plan to pay it forward by continuing to offer free performances of the composers’ works within the communities in which we work and live, and offer free educational workshops for student composers and instrumentalists which encourage and support the intense relationship between composers and performers so that our ‘shared madness’ will continue to inspire the next generation of artists.”