World premiere performance of Michael Hersch’s ‘Zwischen Leben Und Tod,’ Feb. 26

Carolyn Huebl, violin, and Mark Wait, piano

Thursday, February 26
8 p.m., Steve & Judy Turner Recital Hall

World Premiere: Michael Hersch’s Zwischen Leben und Tod

Violinist Carolyn Huebl and pianist Mark Wait present the world premiere of a new work commissioned by the Blair School from groundbreaking American composer Michael Hersch. (Hersch’s Images from a Closed Ward, also commissioned by Blair, was premiered by the Blair String Quartet at Blair and at Carnegie Hall in 2012.)

Here’s what Hersch has to say about this major new composition:

Zwischen Leben und Tod is a program-length work for violin and piano based upon the often disquieting paintings and drawings of Peter Weiss (1916-1982). Though it is the first work I have written where there is a one-to-one correspondence between music and image, it is actually the second large-scale work I have written over the past five years where visual art plays a central role. The first, Images From a Closed Ward, co-exists with the etchings of Michael Mazur (1935-2009). I am deeply fortunate and profoundly grateful to have been able to write both of these works for remarkable musicians. The fact that all of these musicians — the Blair String Quartet and Carolyn Huebl and Mark Wait — are part of Vanderbilt’s Blair School is a testament to the incredibly high level of the music-making going on at this institution.”

Presented with gratitude to Judy and Steve Turner for their generous support of the Blair School