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Mosaïque concert series opening | Storytelling

Mosaïque concert series opening | Storytelling

The concert which launched Mosaique: opening event at Brick-5

Mosaïque is an inno­v­a­tive con­cert series cre­at­ed by pianists Deirdre Bren­ner and Chan­da Van­der­Hart in 2013. Con­certs take place month­ly at BRICK-5, a beau­ti­ful, loft­ed space that was orig­i­nal­ly a pea-shuck­ing fac­to­ry in Vienna’s 15th dis­trict.

Each Mosaïque con­cert com­bines clas­si­cal art song with at least one addi­tion­al artis­tic ele­ment such as dance, cham­ber music, folk music, jazz, decla­ma­tion, visu­al art, or fash­ion. This cross-pol­li­na­tion of artis­tic forms and gen­res allows inter­na­tion­al per­form­ers to explore new ideas, reper­toire and rela­tion­ships while bridg­ing styl­is­tic divides.

The fusion of song with oth­er art forms in an alter­na­tive set­ting appeals to an excep­tion­al­ly broad audi­ence. The relaxed atmos­phere of the venue lends itself to a cer­tain inti­ma­cy between artist and audi­ence, where per­form­ers often share per­son­al insights about their music and art. To fur­ther height­en their allure, each con­cert revolves around a unique theme, and many con­tain ele­ments of sur­prise and humor.

Storytelling

After open­ing with Saint-Saens’ Pas Redou­blé for piano 4 hands, Staat­sop­er and Volk­sop­er dar­lings Markus Wer­ba (Bari­tone) and Rebec­ca Nelsen (Sopra­no) joined pianists Deirdre Bren­ner and Chan­da Van­der­Hart on stage to per­form songs by Schu­bert, Mahler, Rav­el and Bar­ber.

Actor Sven Kaschte gave read­ings of Brentano texts and recount­ed Schumann’s lit­tle-known melo­dra­ma Schön Hed­wig. David Aron­son, beloved Staat­sop­er repeti­teur and con­duc­tor joined forces with Bren­ner and Van­der­Hart to per­form “Drey­blatt” for piano 6 hands, a work attrib­uted at Ch. Th. Bach with the words “When these two ladies asked me to par­tic­i­pate in a three­some, I had some­thing much dif­fer­ent in mind”. Numer­ous cur­tain calls.