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A Musical Journey: Sorrow, Resilience, and Joy in Clarinet and Piano Performance

by Madonna

Date: January 14, 2024

Location: The Lilypad

On Sunday, January 14th at 5pm, The Lilypad will host a captivating musical program featuring four distinct compositions that delve into the intricate spectrum of sorrow, joy, and resilience. The performance will showcase the intimate interplay of these emotions and the profound connections they share.

At the heart of the program lies Jonathan Russell’s 2022 composition, “Still Here,” a poignant piece for clarinet and piano. Inspired by the unwavering courage of President Volodymyr Zelensky and the Ukrainian people in the face of Russian aggression, this composition is a dedicated tribute to oppressed communities across all eras and geographies. Russell’s work celebrates the assertion of existence through culture, art, music, and community, echoing the powerful declaration, “still here.”

In addition to “Still Here,” Jonathan Russell will present his composition “Sonata #2 for Bass Clarinet and Piano.” This composition, characterized by its light and groove-driven elements, conceals darker undertones beneath its surface, providing a contrasting yet complementary musical experience.

The program also features Francis Poulenc’s vibrant and character-rich “Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.” Renowned for its colorful expression, Poulenc’s composition adds a dynamic layer to the evening, contributing to the exploration of diverse emotional landscapes.

Completing the repertoire is Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s evocative “Sorrow Songs,” a poignant composition that resonates with emotional depth and sensitivity.

The performers for this extraordinary musical journey are Jonathan Russell, showcasing his mastery on clarinet and bass clarinet, and Solon Gordon, contributing his skillful piano accompaniment. Their collaboration promises an evening of musical excellence that captures the essence of sorrow, resilience, and joy.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a captivating fusion of emotions through the expressive language of clarinet and piano. Join us at The Lilypad on January 14th at 5pm for an unforgettable performance that transcends the boundaries of time and culture.

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