In her Delirious Distortion program, Rachel Lee Priday presents a rich array of music that explores the boundary between fantasy and reality, vision and distortion. Schubert’s sublime Fantasy in C Major, written in the last year of the composer’s life, provides a counterpoint to both Messiaen’s Fantaisie, an early, surreal work discovered after the composer’s death, as well as Rihm’s multi-layered, shape-shifting Phantom und Eskapade. Traversing a wide spectrum of styles – from holy minimalism (Pärt’s ”Mirror in Mirror”), to the early avant-garde (Satie’s exotic and inventive Gymnopédie No. 1 and charming “Things Seen to the Right and the Left (Without Glasses)”), to the present day (Sayo Kosugi’s rapid-fire Delirious Distortion) – this program explores the edges of clarity.

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Works on “Delirious Distortion” include:

Franz Schubert, Fantasy in C Major, D. 934
Wolfgang Rihm, Phantom und Eskapade
Arvo Pärt, Spiegel im Spiegel 
Erik Satie, Gymnopedie No. 1 (arr. violin); Choses vues à droite et à gauche (sans lunettes)
Olivier Messiaen, Fantaisie for Violin and Piano
Sayo Kosugi, Delirious Distortion for Solo Violin