Redefining Classical Music

    Composer Nick DiBerardino’s works from his graduation recital as well as a glance into his pioneering three-part lecture recitals Suite Talk. Suite Talk a workshop series exploring the cello’s historical journey with cellist Zachary Mowitz.

    Nick DiBerardino: Madison Avenue
    Andrew Moses, clarinet; Michael Davidman, piano

    Listening to this piece you can hear the people bustled about one of New York’s most famous street, Madison Avenue. In this composition for clarinet and piano, Nick wanted to capture the hustle and bustle of 1960’s New York. Nick said, “I hope you hear an unbridled enthusiasm and unyielding optimism” in Madison Avenue.

    Nick DiBerardino: With Pinions of Immense Desire
    Omri Barak, trumpet; Michael Davidman, piano

    This piece is for trumpet and piano and the title comes from Dante. Dante’s Divine Comedy describes a journey through heaven, hell and purgatory. In Dante there is a quote “With pinions of immense desire, I flew” the speaker is trying to fly toward heaven. Nick takes you on the journey of this steep climb but also pushes you to the realization that we always had the wings to carry us.

    Nick DiBerardino: Gossamer
    Sandbox Percussion: Jonathan Allen, percussion; Victor Caccese, percussion Ian David Rosenbaum, percussion; Terry Sweeney, percussion

    Gossamer is for a percussion quartet with two glockenspiels, two vibraphones and six ceramic bowls. It is base on the poem by Walt Whitman’s “A Noiseless, Patient Spider”.

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