The narrative for this program comes from my personal experience of being in Paris during the massacre of November 13, 2015, and the fear, hatred and divisions underlying it. But in my meditations following this experience, my conclusion is that fear is the first act of war. And what does war bring? Fear and war cannot teach peace; only love can create and nourish real, abiding peace in the world.

In this program I choose to explore love and strength; the positive energy that comes from dropping barriers and opening the heart. To me, this program is a reminder of the endurance and nourishing power of love, despite the presence of war.

From the beauty and spiritual resilience explored in Marco Stroppa’s miniatures, to the lovely “games” of Kurtág’s Játékok, to the achingly beautiful poetry in the Ives, Cage, and Matthew Aucoin works,this repertoire explores the depth of beauty and strength in the dynamic, delicate human spirit.

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Works to be included on “The Love We Are” include:

Marco Stroppa, Selections from Miniature Estrose (Birichino, Tangata Manu)
György Kurtág, Selections from Játékok (including Perpetuum mobile, Flowers We Are, Frail Flowers (1a), Fugitive thoughts about the Alberti bass, and others)
Matthew Aucoin, Etude No. 3 from Three Etudes
John Cage, A Flower The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs
Charles Ives, Songs: Thoreau, Dreams
György Ligeti, Étude No.2 Corde à vide Étude No.5 Arc-en-ciel
Jarosław Kapuściński, Juicy (with electronics and artificial intelligence Antescofo)
Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 #1, “Waldstein,” Movts. II and III