The Mirror Visions Ensemble perform in the Recital Hall!
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Praised by The New York Times for its “Warm tone, witty interpretative style…[and] vital theatrical performances”, the Mirror Visions Ensemble’s work, presenting concerts for soprano, tenor, baritone and piano, often centers around performing and commissioning musical ‘mirror visions’ – multiple settings of the same text by one or more composers. What began with programs focusing on poets such as Dickinson, Heine, Shakespeare and Verlaine, has since expanded to include the commissioning of over 80 works from 24 composers. Founder and Artistic Director Tobé Malawista, along with the musicians, curates each concert that explores composers, poets and historical figures through their published works, correspondence and other anecdotes, rooted in commissioned works for vocal chamber music ensembles.
Mirror Visions’ 2015-16 season includes three performances of its acclaimed program, Journeys—where five MVE commissions share the ride with travel songs from Barber, Berlioz, Duparc and Hayden, among others—in San Francisco, Sacramento and Ann Arbor, Michigan. In January, the Mirror Visions Ensemble debuts a new program, Flights of Fantasy, with songs from Schubert, Mendelssohn, Cole Porter, Zdenĕk Fibich, Hahn and Charles Griffes, that evoke themes of deities, beasts and charms. MVE brings this program to New York City’s Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, as well as to Hillsdale, New York and Newton, Massachusetts. A second new program this season, Holidays Around the Globe, premieres in Milford, Pennsylvania in December.
Throughout its history, the ensemble has presented its unique programs and residencies both in the U.S. and abroad at venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, New York University, Le Poisson Rouge, SubCulture and Bargemusic in New York City; Mt. Kisco’s Copland House, the South County Concerts Chamber Music Series, and tour engagements throughout Montana; and at educational institutions including California State University at Fullerton, University of Southern California, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, Yale University, and Northwestern University. Museums in France have become a home for Mirror Visions, with many performances at the Musée Carnavalet, Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Musée Nissim de Camondo, as well as the American University of Paris.
The Mirror Visions Ensemble was founded by Tobé Malawista, Richard Lalli and Scott Murphree in 1992. In recognition of her work with Mirror Visions Ensemble, Artistic Director Tobé Malawista was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor for her contributions to the culture of France.
“Charm is a quality that this ensemble of three engaging singers has in spades.” -- The New Yorker
“Warm tone, witty interpretive style…vital theatrical performances with histrionic touches that suited the score perfectly.” -- The New York Times
“Unlike most chamber music enterprises, the Mirror Visions Ensemble is run by singers rather than instrumentalists, and its programs are shaped with an ear to the poetry of song texts rather than to overarching notions of musical style.” — The New York Times
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