Carrie Krause on Great Repertoire & the Collage Experience
As part of the the Holiday Collage concert in December 2016, Carrie performed a moving tribute to the late Leonard Cohen in an arrangement of “Hallelujah” alongside violinist Pico Alt and cellist Chandra Lind. About the performance she shares “last Christmas’ collage was a brilliant way to program what can sometimes feel a bit over-familiar repertoire. Instead, we presented works that represented African, Klezmer, folk, and everything in between for a fast-paced and exciting holiday celebration.”
As part of this year’s collage performance, Carrie will be playing the Shostakovich Polka from his set of 5 pieces for two violins and piano which she describes as tuneful, virtuosic, and bouncy, with a nice mix of humor and irony. In addition, she’ll be playing part of the last movement from Bartok’s Contrasts, for violin, clarinet, and piano. This piece is fiendishly difficult, and starts with a macabre bashing of open strings, using a second fiddle tuned in tri-tones.
The Shostakovich trio will be played with Pico Alt, a violinist who also attended Juilliard, and with whom Carrie collaborates a great deal in teaching private and chamber students. Clarinetist Greg Young joins for the Bartok and pianist Laurel Yost is especially brilliant with ‘new’ music, and brings a great ear to this repertoire.
If you haven’t been to a collage performance before, or perhaps you’ll remember the exuberance you’ve felt after attending in the past, in Carrie’s words: “It’s tremendously exciting to see my amazing colleagues on stage have a chance to shine. In the orchestra we operate as a team, but collage highlights individual player’s hidden talents and intriguing personalities. I love the variety of repertoire and getting to hear many pieces I’ve never experienced. Overlapping the last note of one piece with the first of another highlights the captivating elements of these different styles.
It’s a tremendous showcase for our talented community. It’s also a great introduction to the orchestra for anyone who isn’t familiar with the symphonic scene, with shorter works and a myriad of grooves and moods. There’s truly something for everyone.”