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Faculty and Guest Artist Recital: Chi Wang's Hin/gerissen (Chicago premiere)

Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:30–9:00 PM


Ganz Hall | 430 S. Michigan Ave., 7th Floor Chicago, IL 60605


Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano Chi Wang, data driven instrument Kuang-Hao Huang, piano This performance is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests without a Roosevelt ID may be required to show photo identification to enter the Auditorium Building. For more information: or 312-341-2352. About Hin/Gerissen The title we've chosen for tonight's premiere, Hin/Gerissen, has a number of translations. Most literally, Gerissen means torn, a reference to the process of several synthesis techniques through which Chi Wang won the electronic palette for her data-driven instrument. The performers are grateful to the Jacobs School of Music and Konrad Strauss, for the careful recording of Schubert's song cycle performed by Julia Bentley and Kuang-Hao Huang in the Joshi Studio during the summer of 2019. All electronic material heard tonight was based on this recording. A second definition of Gerissen occurs in modern slang, and refers to "clever ideas of startling originality." Wang has a number of reimagined compositions inspired by familiar German Romantic masterworks, including Schumann's Ich grolle nicht, and Winterträume (heard earlier this season on Jacobs Faculty Chamber Music series)—the juxtaposition of the historical Lied genre and the twenty-first-century sound world of electronic music certainly offers startling, unexpected encounters to the listener. Tonight's premiere, moreover, traverses the entirety of Schubert's 65-minute-long Winterreise: an intrepid and adventurous commitment on Wang's part, composed concurrent to her arrival in Bloomington and the commencement of her new teaching responsibilities.Hin- as a prefix also bears the connotation of ruin, that a thing has been torn asunder beyond saving. With a work as beloved as Winterreise, it could well be argued that any re-working of Schubert's music is unwarranted, or even a violation. We sincerely hope that our reverence for the original work is unmistakable. That a piece of art from nearly two centuries ago is such an inexhaustible source of inspiration today is a wondrous thing. Finally, hingerissen describes the state of being transfixed, pierced through and held immobile in fascination. The composition of Winterreise marked the end of Schubert's tragically short life. I feel the living presence of both the poet Wilhelm Müller and Franz Schubert summoned during the performance of this work; I feel Chi's vibrant imagination and immense technical mastery in every interactive moment; I feel astonishment and gratitude to be here with these musicians, and this audience: hingerissen. – Julia Bentley