Sunday, August 19 | 5pm | Howland Cultural Center | Purchase tickets
Tuesday, September 18 | 8pm | SUNY New Paltz | Tickets at the door.
What is the sound of the Hudson Valley? One Quiet Plunge presents country/…/city/…/, a program that explores the uniqueness of Valley’s rural and urban landscapes through sound. Juxtaposed with “found sounds” and recordings of soundscapes from across the Valley are four works commissioned by One Quiet Plunge: Woodstock Collage by Vinnie Martucci, Wave Field by Caroline Mallonée, Alf’s Labyrinth by Hannah Selin, and Moments at the Manor by Mark Dziuba. Each piece grew from locales that held personal meaning for each composer and will be premiered by Christiana Fortune-Reader (viola) and Alex Peh (piano). More information about individual works and composers is here.
About the performers
A passionate performer and educator, violist Christiana Reader is recognized for her enthusiasm and ability to connect with people through music. She earned a doctoral degree in Performance and Literature with Carol Rodland, and is completing a doctorate in music education at the Eastman School of Music. She graduated from the University of Southern California (BM) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM), studying with Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, Donald McInnes, and Karen Ritscher.
She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at SUNY New Paltz. She has held positions with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic and the Wichita Symphony Orchestras, and subs regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras. An advocate of new music, she was a member of the new music ensemble, ensemble twenty.21, also serving as its Artistic Director. She was also a member of Altosphere, a viola quartet dedicated to commissioning and performing viola ensemble music.
Pianist Alex Peh is a collaborative teaching artist rooted in the bucolic Hudson Valley, where the rolling Shawangunk hills and his studio of pianists sustains his creative work. Alex is an assistant professor of music and coordinator of the piano program at SUNY New Paltz.
He has performed throughout the United States in venues such as the DiMenna Center NYC; Carnegie Weill Recital Hall NYC; Kennedy Center, DC; Austrian Embassy, DC, Abrons Art Center, NYC; and Benaroya Hall, Seattle. Recent concerts include the world premiere of Susie Ibarra’s work Talking Gong with flutist Claire Chase at SUNY New Paltz, NY and New York City premiere at BRIC house as part of the 2018 Look and Listen Festival, Brooklyn NY. Upcoming concerts include performances at the Byzantine Museum in Thessaloniki, Greece; Stone Residency at the Glass Box Theater, NYC; Howland Cultural Center, Beacon; and Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center.