CreArt Music Festival Takes Place this Weekend in NY

Source: CreArtBox.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30TH, 2019, 8:00PM

As the opening concert of CreArt’s 2019 music festival, Julia Yang, Josefina Urraca, and Guillermo Laporta present three different takes on the classic piano trio from three different musical eras. The program will move from the dramatic romanticism of Felix Mendelssohn to the high classicism of Haydn, and conclude with the intensity of Ned Rorem’s 1960 work for the ensemble. This opening night showcases the eclecticism of CreArt’s programming and the versatility of their performers and will take place on Friday, August 30th at 8:00 p.m.

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
Piano trio op.49 [35’]
Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)
Piano trio in D Major, Hob. XV:16 [12’]
Ned Rorem (1923 – )
Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano [10’]

Julia Yang, cello
Josefina Urraca, piano
Guillermo Laporta, flute


End Of Time
CreArt presents two works brimming with hope despite being steeped in tragedy by French composer Oliver Messiaen and Chinese composer Dai Wei. Written while a prisoner in a German prisoner-of-war camp in the midst of World War II and premiered by his fellow prisoners and himself, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time confronts the reality of some of the darkest moments in our history while remaining hopeful through his own deeply-held religious beliefs. Wei’s Mandalas in the Rubble examines the natural destruction of many of Nepal’s temples at the hands of an earthquake in 2015 and celebrates the many Nepali people continuing to worship among the rubble with a genuine sense of hope. Adelya Nartadjieva, Julia Yang, Jonathan Cohen, and Josefina Urraca will perform this emotionally weighted program Saturday, August 31st at 8:00 p.m.

Dai Wei (1989 – )
Mandalas in the Rubble, NY premiere [8’]
Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992)
Quartet for the End of Time [50’]

Mari Lee, violin
Julia Yang, cello
Jonathan Cohen, clarinet
Josefina Urraca, piano


Two Roads
This collaboration between the composer, musicians, choreographer, and designer sees its world premiere on the final night on CreArt’s music festival. Featuring two sopranos, a physical actor, a choir, a dance ensemble, electronics, piano, percussion, and a movable set, this collaboration will end the festival with a spectacle that can’t be missed. Though framed as a chamber opera, Two Roads wholeheartedly embraces its interdisciplinary nature, following a parallel creative process that showcases each aspect in earnest and displays CreArt at its best. Guillermo Laporta, Tagore Gonzalez, Isis de Coura, and Josefina Urraca present this final program on Sunday, September 1st at 8:00 p.m.

Concept, music, and dramaturgy by
Guillermo Laporta
Scene direction and choreography by
Tagore Gonzalez
Set and costume design by
Isis de Coura
Music direction by
Josefina Urraca

Mary Taylor Hennings, dancer
Can Wang, dancer
Rosalie van Wamel, dancer
Ariadne Greif, soprano
Julie Berndt, actress
Josefina Urraca, piano