Monica Germino (USA/NL)
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.
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Monica Germino (USA / NL)
Amsterdam-based, American-Dutch violinist Monica Germino is on the cutting edge of new music. She co-founded the international ensemble ELECTRA and now serves as its artistic advisor, and she has collaborated with such composers as John Cage, Heiner Goebbels and György Ligeti. Germino plays as assortment of violins, including a Joannes Baptista Ceruti and a custom-made Violectra.
823 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC
45 minutes, no intermission
Single tickets $39
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VIOLINIST Monica Germino COMPOSERS Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe STAGE DESIGN, LIGHTING Floriaan Ganzevoort SUPPORTED BY Dutch Performing Arts, Consulate of the Netherlands, New York, USA, Elise Mathilde Foundation, Performing Arts Fund NL CO-COMMISSIONED BY De Doelen Rotterdam EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Oranjewoud Festival, Music on Main, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival