PRESENTED WITH MUSIC ON MAIN
When noted violinist Monica Germino got the shattering news that she may have to stop performing in order to protect her hearing, composer Michael Gordon would have none of it. “I’m going to write you a piece so soft,” he said, “that I don’t care if no one can hear it.” In short order, after collaborating with fellow composers Julia Wolfe, David Lang and the legendary Louis Andriessen, this glorious work “for violin, voice, whisperviolin, frame violin, a multitude of mutes, and light” emerged.
In an intimate space, Germino appears. Utilizing a number of acoustic instruments as well as her voice, she transports the audience to the very thresholds of audibility. Mixing intensely theatrical moments, sung texts from 1920s “Archy and Mehitabel” newspaper columns and expressive lighting and design by Floriaan Ganzevoort, this is a performance that is hypnotizing and transcendent by turns.
Whether she was playing the violin, electric violin, adapted violin, whispering, talking, or singing, Germino conveyed her passion with tour de force virtuosity and burning vulnerability —Strings Magazine
NOTE: The printed PuSh Program Guide’s Venue map listed the Annex address incorrectly.
The Annex address is 823 Seymour St.