“The Mischlinge Exposé” – Carolyn Enger, piano
Guest Artist Concert-Presentation
Presented by the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music and Arizona Center for Judaic Studies
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Crowder Hall, UA Fred Fox School of Music, southeast corner of Park and Speedway
Free admission, open to the public
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The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music and Arizona Center for Judaic Studies present “The Mischlinge Exposé,” featuring guest artist, pianist Carolyn Enger. This concert-presentation will take place on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Crowder Hall. Admission is free.
“’The Mischlinge Exposé’ is a multimedia performance regarding my family history and Judaism. The performance interweaves the music, art and thoughts of prominent converts with testimony of my father’s and godmother’s experiences in Germany. Music by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Zemlinsky, Mahler, Schoenberg, Eisler and Ben-Haim illustrate these personal situations. The performance is a personal one, as it traces my family story of conversion from Judaism to Christianity and back to Judaism.”
About the Artist
Pianist Carolyn Enger has gained critical acclaim for her lyrical and dynamic playing, her deeply felt interpretations of works from Beethoven and Schubert to contemporary music, and her warm personal approach. In addition to an active performance schedule, Ms. Enger has enjoyed remarkable success as a recording artist, particularly with her 2013 release of piano music by Ned Rorem on Naxos Records. Renowned critic Laurence Vittes wrote in his review for Gramophone (2/2014): “Enger raises the miniatures to a higher level by taking the time and care to capture the emotional impact each must have had when their dedicatees read their inscription and title, and then heard the music for the first time.” The album was selected as one of the “Best in Classical Recordings” by The New York Times: “Among the 90th-birthday tributes this year to the essential American composer Ned Rorem, this recording especially stands out. The fine pianist Carolyn Enger plays Mr. Rorem’s complete Piano Album I, published in 2003, a collection of tender yet pungent miniatures written for friends, intimates and personal occasions from 1978 to 2001.” – Anthony Tommasini, 12/2013
An active recitalist with engagements throughout the United States and beyond, Ms. Enger has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, The National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Design Museum, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Nantucket Musical Arts Society, The Kosciuszko Foundation, and the Tenri Cultural Institute. A recent collaboration with renowned illustrator and writer Maira Kalman featured Ms. Enger’s playing as part of “Maira Kalman Selects,” an exhibition curated by Ms. Kalman at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York. Ms. Enger’s dedication to bringing music to new audiences has motivated her to perform in accessible civic spaces such as Israel’s Bet Yad Lebanim in Nahariya, the Felicja Blumental Music Center in Tel Aviv and, in New York City, at St. Peter’s Church and the Donnell Library Center. Ms. Enger’s community engagement performances have left presenters and audiences, in the words of Cheryl Wylen, Program Director, of the Backstage at the Y Concert Series, “in complete awe of her passion, skill and genuine warmth.”
Ms. Enger has a special gift for creating original and intriguing programs that range from European masterworks to fresh discoveries among the compositions of such innovative American and Israeli composers as Ned Rorem, Lowell Liebermann, Betty Olivero, Avner Dorman and Lior Navok. Her debut album, “In Evening Air,” released in 2009, offers a refreshing mix of music by Beethoven, Scriabin, Hanson, Copland, Liebermann and Ned Rorem – all attesting to her command of a wide variety of musical idioms. MusicWeb International lauded her playing as “thoughtful and sensitive… expressive… She plays with fine nuance and tone shading. (10/2010)” And from Fanfare came praise for“Enger’s dynamic control and emotional sensitivity, her keen sense of timing and proportion. (9/2009)”