Violinist Carolyn Huebl and pianist Mark Wait premiered faculty artist Michael Hersch’s (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) wischen Leben und Tod (“Between Life and Death”): Twenty-two Pieces After Images by Peter Weiss on February 26 at Turner Recital Hall at the Martha Rivers Ingram Center for the Performing Arts in Nashville, Tenn.The piece was commissioned by Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and dedicated to Huebl and Wait. In an interview with the Nashville Scene, Hersch comments, “I was flattered by the offer, but I was also intimated by it, it’s difficult to write for the combination of violin and piano — everything is so exposed — so I took some time to come up with a conception. I was thrilled that they liked my idea for a big piece.” Read the full article here.
Read a review of the performance by the Nashville Scene here. “Hersch was absolutely merciless in the demands he made on the performers. Huebl and Wait were more than equal to these challenges, though, and they played every note with power, precision and emotional conviction.”