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MSRI presents Pianist Annie Yim, "The Poet Speaks: From Debussy to Pärt"

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First Congregational Church of Berkeley

2345 Channing Way

Berkeley, CA 94704

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Poetry + music: Join pianist Annie Yim and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute for a free, public concert in downtown Berkeley.

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MusicArt, in association with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), presents a cross-disciplinary, poetry-inspired concert, featuring pianist Annie Yim. This event is part of MSRI's free Harmonic Series Concerts in Berkeley.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020

Doors open 6:30 pm | Concert begins at 7:00 pm

First Congregational Church of Berkeley

2345 Channing Way | Berkeley, CA 94704 (Google Maps)

All seating is general admission. While registration at the door is also available, advance registration assists us with event logistics.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

“Pianist Annie Yim made the most beautiful sounds, radiantly coloured, thoughtfully articulated.” - The Times of London

MusicArt, in association with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), presents a cross-disciplinary, poetry-inspired concert, featuring pianist Annie Yim.

‘The Poet Speaks: from Debussy to Pärt’, a MusicArt conceptual concert, combines the recorded voices of composers and poets with live piano, juxtaposing poems from two centuries with musical responses to them by Debussy, Ravel, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, and Philip Glass. Arvo Pärt’s Für Alina will be performed with a specially commissioned poem ‘Sunlight’ by Zaffar Kunial. The concert includes extracts from a new work ‘Mirrors’ co-created by composer Raymond Yiu, poet Kayo Chingonyi and pianist Annie Yim.

Other writing included ranges from French poetry by Aloysius Bertrand and Charles Baudelaire to a personal love poem by John Cage; from Else Lasker-Schüler’s expressionist poem Versöhnung (Reconciliation), which inspired Franz Marc’s woodcut print, to Allen Ginsberg’s anti-war poem ‘Wichita Vortex Sutra’. John Cage’s iconic 4’33” is reimagined through a poem by Ed Baker. Each pairing of musical composition and poem reveals tributes, friendships, and artistic affinities.

From John Cage to Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass, each work is no more than a few minutes long, and yet contains a microcosm of the composer’s unique stamp, carrying far more than meets the eyes and ears. The hope is to create meaningful dialogues within the pairing of poetry and music.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Annie Yim was born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver. In 2015, she founded MusicArt in London, an acclaimed initiative that creates multi-disciplinary new works and performances through collaborations in London, Berlin, and Salzburg. She is a founding member of the Minerva Piano Trio, who made their London debut at the Southbank Centre in 2014 and were St John’s Smith Square young artists in residence 2016/17.

PARKING AND ACCESSIBILITY

This event venue is handicap accessible, via the church's Dana Street entrance.Paid parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the First Congregational Church of Berkeley parking lot (enter via Channing Way).

Via public transit: AC Transit (#6 - Downtown Oakland - Downtown Berkeley) to Durant Ave at Dana St. From Downtown Berkeley BART Station, this venue is a 15-minute walk (via Shattuck Ave to Channing Way).

ABOUT MSRI

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is one of the world’s preeminent centers for collaborative research in mathematics. Located in Berkeley, California, MSRI’s mission is to advance mathematical research, foster talent, and further the appreciation of mathematics. MSRI strives to make mathematics accessible and exciting to those outside the field through the National Math Festival, sponsorship of Numberphile (YouTube’s most popular informal mathematics channel, with over 3 million subscribers), film production for public television, public festivals and concerts in the Bay Area, and the Mathical Book Prize for children's literature.

MSRI hosts a series of free Harmonic Series public concerts during our fall and spring scientific programs, bringing in local and visiting musicians from a variety of genres to perform for the enjoyment of all. For concert news, subscribe to MSRI's Public Announcements email newsletter.

“A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns.” ― G.H. Hardy
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