Chatham, New York
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29 September 2017 05:59PM
Leaf Peeper Concerts


“From Russia With Love” with the Voxare Quartet, the third in the four-concert Leaf Peeper Concert Series, comes to Time & Space Limited in Hudson, NY, on Saturday, October 7. Performance time will be 7:30 p.m.

The Voxare Quartet has received critical praise for its inventive programming, technical prowess and passionate performances. In this unique mixed-media concert, the audience will view “Man with a Movie Camera,” Dziga Vertov’s 1929 Soviet Union-era film masterpiece, usually listed as the greatest documentary of all time, while Voxare will provide a “live” soundtrack, featuring music by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Mosolov.

“I’ve had the pleasure of performing with the Voxare Quartet, and their energy, insight, and elegance always inspires me,” says Eugenia Zukerman, flutist and Leaf Peepers’ music director. “Erik Peterson, the violist of the quartet, will add entertaining commentary to the evening.”

With the long-held idea of accompanying a silent film with music, the Voxare Quartet were only able to realize their hopes when, as they relate: “We came across Vertov’s ‘Man with a Movie Camera’ and almost instantly knew that it was the perfect movie for us. It is one of few silent movies whose incredible visual energy (over 18,000 edits over the course of 66 minutes!) means it could stand as an equal partner to the music we would choose.”

Documenting urban scenes in Moscow and Ukraine, “Man with a Movie Camera” captures citizens from dawn to dusk in all aspects of life—mundane, athletic, dangerous, and breathtaking. Drawing on the feast of Soviet-era quartet music composed during the same time period as the film, Voxare has created a unique visual and sonic experience. The music includes quartets by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Mosolov.

“With rustic melodies made edgy through piquant harmonies, and in passages of turbulent mechanical chugging, the music neatly corresponded to Vertov’s jumpy barrage of images,” noted The New York Times.

“Breathtaking Baroque,” with flutist Eugenia Zukerman, harpsichordist Anthony Newman, oboist Stephen Tayler and bassoonist Peter Kolkay, will conclude the 2017 Leaf Peeper Concert Series on Saturday, October 21, 5 p.m. at Saint James Place in Great Barrington. This, the Annual Newell Jenkins Memorial Concert, will feature works by baroque masters, including Bach, Handel and Telemann.

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