7:30pm doors • 8pm show
Miranda Cuckson and Michael Hersch
Michael Hersch writes music that is “viscerally gripping and emotionally transformative” (New York Times), and is regularly performed all across the United States and Europe. In addition to compositions that have garnered him both the Berlin and Rome Prizes, Hersch is also a formidable pianist, tackling everything from transcribed Renaissance motets to the gnarliest masterpieces of the twentieth century.
As one of the most regular performers of Hersch’s work for over a decade, Violinist Miranda Cuckson “a prodigiously talented performer who can make even the thorniest contemporary score sing” (New York Times), has become one the composer’s most trusted interpreters.
Now, for one of the first times ever, Hersch joins Cuckson in a special performance of his works. Selections include music from in the snowy margins, Fourteen Pieces, the weather and landscape are on our side, one day may become menace, The Vanishing Pavilions, and the wreckage of flowers. The combination of these two prodigious talents promises to be nothing short of spectacular.
She made her Carnegie Hall debut playing Walter Piston’s concerto with the American Symphony Orchestra. Her performances in 2017-18 include premieres of a violin concerto written for her by Georg Friedrich Haas in Tokyo, Stuttgart, and Porto, and the New York premiere of Michael Hersch’s concerto. Recent recitals include ones at the Miller Theatre, Strathmore, the Art Institute of Chicago (Frequency Fest), and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music. Her discography includes, most recently, music of Wolpe, Carter, and Ferneyhough (Urlicht) and Bartók, Schnittke, and Lutoslawski (ECM). The New York Times named her recording of Nono’s “La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura” a Best Recording of 2012. Her albums also feature the Korngold and Ponce concertos and music by Finney, Shapey, Martino, Sessions, Eckardt, Xenakis, Glass, Fujikura, and more.