Present Music programmed music by nine women Thursday afternoon at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, an apt venue for both gender and musical reasons. The second-floor hall is superb for chamber music but rarely used.
While the sound worlds and styles of these composers differ significantly, at least on this program they demonstrated a common interest in economy of means. Brief but densely packed music was the order of the day. Several, but not all, of these women also showed a fondness and talent for antic wit.
“Snow” and “Chant” from Vivian Fung’s Glimpses (2006), for prepared piano: A modern, adventurous take on Impressionism, with papery rattles and glittering pentatonic arpeggios charmingly suggestive of about 90 seconds of icy snow.
– Tom Strini, Strini Writes
This Women in the Chamber program will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 10-11, at Anodyne Coffee, 224 W. Bruce St. For tickets and details, visit the Present Music website.
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