Baroque Dreams

August 16, 2020 at 6:30PM
Artpark Mainstage Theater lawn

This delightful and unique Baroque program with a theatrical flare featured an eight-piece ensemble with special guest pianist Sergei Dreznin, soprano Colleen Marcello Brecker, performer Phil Wackerfuss, and a very special surprise by artist Uta Bekaia. The Ensemble under the Music Direction of Moshe Shulman included: Miranda Shulman – Violin; Antoine Lefebvre – Violin; Diana Sachs  - Violin; Inga Yanoski – Violin; Moshe Shulman – Viola; Jonathan Golove – Cello; and James Marone - Double Bass

Sergei Dreznin is a Moscow-born, New York-based pianist and composer. Trained in Russia’s finest music schools, he has won prizes and critical recognition in Russia, Europe and the United States. He is one the world's most versatile musicians, with 17 music theater productions realized in Vienna, New York, Madrid, Moscow and Paris. The New York Times recognized Mr. Dreznin’s “virtuosity… grace, pliancy and confidence” and “seemingly limitless reserves of volume.” He appears regularly at prestigious music festivals including Bard Music (New York), the Sviatoslav Richter in Tarusa, Russia and Annecy Classic in France.

Uta Bekaia is a Georgian-born multimedia artist currently residing and working in New York and Tbilisi. After studying Industrial Design at Tbilisi Mtsire Academy, he debuted as an artist at AMA (Avant-Guard Fashion Assembly) with a sculptural performance. He creates performances and installations inhabited with wearable sculptures, exploring his historical cultural background, genetical codes and cycles of the universe. Currently he is a resident artist at ART OMI, New York, and in partnership with ERTI Gallery, Tbilisi.

Inspired by ancient mythology, fairy tales, Italian Baroque, and Georgian Dada, Bekaia with his exuberant, sculptural costumes, reinvents and re-stages long lost, never-before-documented rituals. Believing in genetical transferability of communal memory, Bekaia attempts to re-connect with ancient knowledge and impregnate it with his own experiences and new meaning, such as his Baroque project work, which performance attendees saw brought to life.

Photos by Jordan Oscar

View photos from the performance

Watch the performance of Bach's "Italian Concerto" arranged by Sergei Dreznin


Music in the Woods 2020 was supported by:

Thomas B. Burrows