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Power in Sound: The Sonatas of Galina Ustvolskaya

  • PianoForte Foundation 1335 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL, 60605 United States (map)

PianoForte presents the last concert of a 3-day festival ‘‘Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya,” Oct 5-7, 2017. Performing four of her six piano sonatas in addition to the Violin and Piano Sonata are the acclaimed Andrew Rosenblum, Kuang-Hao Huang, Christopher Wendell Jones, Tara Lynn Ramsey, and Chris Narloch, with a concert talk by Ustvolskaya scholar, Maria Cizmic. Named the ‘woman with the hammer’ (Elmer Schonberger), Ustvolskaya’s sonatas offer some of her most powerful and profound works, and display her use of heavy chromatic blocks of sound, and linear melodies. 

Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya Festival is a 3-day immersion into Galina Ustvolskaya's powerful and intense music. Named "the woman with the hammer,” (Elmer Schonberger) for her use of heavy, homophonic blocks of sound, Ustvolskaya's music is rarely performed in the Unites States. Organized/curated by Nomi Epstein andShanna Gutierrez, this will be the first major multi-day festival celebrating the music of Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006) in the United States.

Power in Sound: The Sonatas of Galina Ustvolskaya
PianoForte Foundation
Concert talk by Maria Cizmic
$15/10 students

Sonata No. 5 (1986)
Kuang-Hao Huang

Sonata No. 4 (1957)
Christopher Jones

Sonata for Violin and Piano (1952)
Tara Lynn Ramsey, violin; Christopher Jones, piano

Sonata No. 2 (1949)
Christopher Narloch

Sonata No. 6 (1988)
Andrew Rosenblum

The Ustvolskaya Festival will feature 3 concerts of her solo, small and large chamber works, in connection with a 3-day conference, ‘Found in Time: Forgotten Experiments in Soviet Art, 1940-1960’ open to the public.

This is a rare and important opportunity for a city’s artistic and scholarly community to unify in the presentation and discussion of something new to the ears of Chicago audiences. Ustvolskaya’s music is presciently relevant in today’s climate of concerns regarding gender and artistic expression and a complicated political environment.

Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya is supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Helen F. Whitaker Fund, Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Additionally, this project is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.