DECEMBER 17 | 2021
When George began this piece during the winter 2020 lockdown, she did not know it would be a set: the undefined course of the pandemic provided indeterminacy and ultimately informed the instrumental groupings for each movement, which range from solos to a trio. In its final form as a six-movement work, Solitude & Secrecy is a meditation on the strain of social distancing, the quiet complexities of solitude, and the longing for musical collaboration. For the performers as well as listeners, the piece offers the opportunity to sit alone for a moment—fear and anxiety hopefully sidelined—with the daunting secrets of an uncertain future.
SEPTEMBER 17 | 2021
For You investigates the relationship between the violin and piano as lovers, sounding a dialogue in which listeners may hear resonances of their own intimate communications. George began writing the piece in 2016, implementing experience as a compositional constraint: new movements would be written only after new yous came into her life. Each of this autobiographical work’s six movements are thus informed, structured, and affectively tinged by specific relationships and events.
Face the music
DECEMBER 11 | 2021
The Curiosity Cabinet returns as an ensemble-in-residence with Kaufman Music Center's Face the Music Program. The group, in a trio configuration, will read and workshop new compositions by the student composers for the Fall Cycle, coached and conducted by composer and conductor Whitney George. The event will be in-person for students, and live streamed to the public.
JUNE 23 | 2021
At the conclusion of the 1919 Spanish Flu, a murderer crept through the streets causing mass hysteria. He wrote an op-ed to the Times-Picayune addressing the townsfolk of New Orleans, instructing each and every one of them, to play jazz music and a life would be spared. Axeman delves into the psychology of making profit off human suffering and an exploration of the American Dream.
NOVEMBER 26 | 2021
While looking at your screen in a food coma, check out The Cabinet’s collaborative DIY remake of a classic Twilight Zone episode, “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up.” It’s weird; it has costumes, questionable mise-en-scène, and bad special effects; it’s confusing because we all had to play multiple characters; but most crucially, it’s pretty hilarious.