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WEARING THE LOST GENERATION: a musical & sartorial salon

Part of the Gertrude’s Paris Festival at Symphony Space, this special salon event on APRIL 5, 2012, will be a place to experience eclectic fashion and music in an intimate, social environment. The Nouveau Classical Project will perform Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor’ and the World Premiere of ‘Lost Generation,’ an electronic-acoustic work by Trevor Gureckis. The composer was awarded a 2011 fund Commission by the American Composers Forum to compose this piece.

The musicians will wear fashion by quirky milliner and designer Heidi Lee during the performance. Lee will draw inspiration for her designs from both the Ravel Trio and Gureckis’s newly commissioned work. Composer Trevor Gureckis will give a post-concert talk and describe his inspiration and artistic process for Lost Generation. Gureckis will also engage in a conversation with designer Heidi Lee and Laura Kaminsky, the Artistic Director of Symphony Space, discussing the relationship between music and fashion.

Following the event will be a one-hour reception at Bar Thalia, with complimentary cocktails sponsored by St-Germain Liqueur located inside Symphony Space, where the audience will be invited to mingle with the artists. Ticket price includes a private exhibition tour of Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones at 5pm at the Bard Graduate Center, 18 West 86th Street.


Music »
Piano Trio in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Patti Kilroy, violin
Mariel Roberts, cello
Sugar Vendil, piano

Lost Generation by Trevor Gureckis
Domenica Fossati, flute
Isabel Kim, clarinet
Patti Kilroy, violin
Mariel Roberts, cello
Sugar Vendil, piano

The New York Times ARTS: Spare Times 3/29/12

‘Wearing the Lost Generation’ (Thursday) The Nouveau Classical Project — a collective of composers, performers and fashion designers — will present “Wearing the Lost Generation,” a salon pairing classical music with fashion. This concert marks the premiere of “The Lost Generation,” an electro-acoustic work by Trevor Gureckis, as well as a performance of Ravel’s “Piano Trio.” Hats from Heidi Lee will be custom-designed for the evening’s music. This concert is part of “Gertrude’s Paris,” a monthlong festival celebrating early 20th-century France. At 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400,; $15.

The New York Times STYLE Section 3/28/13

Connecting with the Classical » “But the Black Concert that she and Nouveau Classical presented at Le Poisson Rouge on Valentine’s Day 2011 was pretty sexy. The music was Britten, Schubert, Hugo Wolf and Shostakovich and Mr. Gureckis’s, with costuming by H E I D I L E E, the art milliner known for her cerebral, semiotics-sprouting hats and headpieces. Beneath their headgear, the performers, tightly clad in black lace over nude body stockings, looked like black valentines, which Ms. Lee said reinforced “the music’s themes of death, melancholy and darkness.

Last spring Nouveau Classical and Ms. Lee teamed up again, on “Wearing the Lost Generation, a Musical Sartorial Salon,” part of the monthlong celebration of Gertrude Stein at Symphony Space. “Sugar’s work gives resonance to my pieces,” Ms. Lee said, “it gives them a narrative.” She also admires Ms. Vendil’s desire to startle traditional audiences for classical music and use fashion to bring in new ones. “I feel like the kind of music her group plays is underrated. It’s important not just to look at the zeitgeist of now. Sugar’s choices trigger parts of your brain that music of this day doesn’t.” -Celia McGee.

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