Arts & Culture

Houston New Arts Movement Presents Shostakovich

This Saturday at Dowling Music on the Southwest Freeway, the Houston New Arts Movement presents the second of a series of three recitals, collectively titled “Transformation Trilogy,” which explore themes of spiritual metamorphosis and change, as expressed in the chamber music of three masters: Beethoven, Shostakovich and Alfred Schnittke.

“Surviving with Shostakovich,” this weekend’s installment, includes music by the 20th-century Russian master performed by the HNAM ensemble, and poetry and art themed around the idea of transformations.  The compositions on the program, Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57, and the Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147,  express the bold individuality and emotional prowess of a composer who lived in a harsh political climate of constant transformation.  This music explores emotions as deep as grief, sarcasm, and (as heard in the viola sonata, Shostakovich’s final work) the frightening prospect of losing one’s life.

Founded in 2010 by pianist and composer Adam Vincent Clay, HNAM is an ensemble and community of musicians and artists that create, discuss, and promote a deeper understanding and appreciation for music and art.  The first of the “Transformation Trilogy” series, “Beginning with Beethoven,” which took place in June 2013, featured performances by the HNAM ensemble of Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1, known as the “Ghost” trio; the Piano Sonata No. 26, “Les Adieux”; and the Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major.  The last of the series, “Surpassing with Schnittke,” takes place in March 2014.

Members of the HNAM ensemble (violinists Laura Cividino and Luis Ramirez; violist Kostadin Dyulgerski; and pianist Adam Vincent Clay) came in to the Geary Performance Studio to talk about “Surviving with Shostakovich” and perform some of the music on the program.  They spoke with St.John Flynn, and you can listen to the segment above.

Follow this link to hear HNAM’s earlier visit to the Geary Studio in conjunction with the “Beginning with Beethoven” recital,

There much more information on the HNAM website,