Cello and Piano Duo: TwoSense
Friday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.
The season starts with a bang as the ferocious duo TwoSense, praised in the New York Times for their “imaginative phrasing” and “fresh approach and taste for variety,” comes to Columbia – and the Southeast – for the first time. TwoSense is cellist Ashley Bathgate, the newest member of the venerated chamber ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars, and pianist Lisa Moore, formerly of Bang on a Can and one of the leading figures in contemporary music for decades. Their eclectic program includes Martin Bresnick’s intense, mercurial “Prayers Remain Forever” and the evocative, slowly shifting harmonies of Kate Moore’s “Velvet,” which achieves the lyrical and emotional force of a power ballad (both works were written for the duo in 2011). A highlight of the show will be the world premieres of brand-new works by Jack Perla and Paul Dresher, both eclectic composers/performers/polymaths based on the west coast.