Review: Florida’s Alterity Chamber Orchestra concludes inaugural season with new works

Posted on: March 27, 2018

“A familiar face—and voice—to Orlando music fans helped close out the inaugural season of, Central Florida’s champion of contemporary composers,” writes Matthew J. Palm in Friday’s (3/23) Orlando Sentinel (Florida). “Soprano Ariadne Greif … joined the Alterity Chamber Orchestra on Thursday night for a concert … featuring four modern works…. Under the direction of Benoit Glazer, the musicians rose to the occasion… The program opened with Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s ‘Hrim,’ which translates to ‘frost.’ … Is it depicting a physical manifestation of frost or an emotional frostiness, a hardening of the heartstrings? Thrillingly, the music seemed to be doing both. Nico Muhly’s ‘By All Means’ and Louis Andriessen’s ‘Workers Union’ were given solid readings… Greif lent her exciting voice to Christopher Cerrone’s ‘The Pieces That Fall to Earth,’ based on poetry by Kay Ryan.… ‘Should there be more? Should there be more?’ she cried in the strong opening, laced with percussive bells, chimes, vibraphone and other mallet instruments…. … is the resident ensemble of Glazer’s Timucua Foundation, which consistently presents new works…. Together … the organizations add a vibrant dimension to Central Florida’s cultural landscape.”

Posted March 27, 2018