Composer Georgia Shreve’s 1st Solo Multimedia Concert At Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall Was A Success
Georgia Shreve, Composer and writer, had her first solo multi-media concert on May 17th. Her work was performed at Carnegie Hall for the 7th time. The concert marked her fifth consecutive collaboration at Carnegie Hall with the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.
The concert included three premieres: Alice in Wonderland featuring Salvador Dali’s paintings based on Alice; Protopia which is a film she created and set to music; and Four Seasons, which was composed of time-lapse video of the seasons created on iconic New York terraces accompanied by her piano concerto. Her new choral piece, Let Us Gather in a Flourishing Way, was also performed.
Alice in Wonderland was accompanied by a montage of Salvador Dali’s fascinating paintings inspired by the book. “Alice in Wonderland has had a long and lively life since its debut almost 150 years ago,” says Shreve. “It has appeared in numerous animated and live-action films, has attracted over 40 illustrators, as well as been issued in almost 50 editions. In setting it, I have worked hard to bring it alive in music while fusing it with the extraordinary paintings by Salvador Dali to provide new visions of the story.”
Protopia also had its debut at the concert. Georgia created the word Protopia to express a vision of the future which is coming to life today, that is positive, optimistic, idealistic and altruistic, positive progress in the making. She notes, “We are bombarded with negative news that blinds us to all the awe-inspiring prosocial projects and accomplishments that are happening right now.”
Four Seasons, a film featuring time-lapse photography of some of New York’s iconic terraces was merged into a video and set to Shreve’s four-movement Piano Concerto. It was filmed by Halsted Sutherland Welles.
The concert also included a new choral piece composed by Georgia, her setting of the poem Let Us Gather in a Flourishing Way by Juan Felipe Herrera, the recent Poet Laureate (whose parents were migrant workers) which expressed joy, longing, and optimism.