Requiem for the Planet

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Bruce Wolosoff, composer and pianist. Katya Wolosoff photo.

Reflections in Music will make its return to live, in-person concerts at The Church in Sag Harbor on Saturday, October 9, at 7 p.m., with the world premiere performance of two cello sonatas, “Paradise Found” and “Requiem for the Planet” written by its new artistic director, composer and pianist Bruce Wolosoff.

Composed during the height of the pandemic, the sonatas offer two meditations on climate change and global crises. “Requiem for the Planet,” commissioned by climate change activist Robert M. Stein, is a four-movement work that considers the prospect of irrevocable loss, while “Paradise Found” was written as an affirmation of the preciousness of life. Reflections presents this concert in recognition of one of the most important and pressing issues of our day.

Joining the composer in this performance will be cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio, a regular collaborator with Wolosoff. In 2019, Sant’Ambrogio’s performance of Wolosoff’s cello concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra earned a spot on Billboard’s Top 10 Classical Albums. Their recording of the new cello sonatas is due for release by Avie Records in the spring of 2022.

The performance will take place at The Church in Sag Harbor, the non-profit center for the arts founded by artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. at The Church is at 48 Madison Street, Sag Harbor. Tickets are $20, payable at the door or by advance purchase at sagharborchurch.org. Masks will be required inside The Church. Ticket proceeds are split equally between Reflections in Music and The Church.

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