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Listening Party with Miller-Porfiris Duo
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm EST
Travel around the world with the Miller-Porfiris Duo as we perform prerecorded compositions from Poland, China, Russia, the United States, Mexico and Argentina. This live watch party with Anton Miller, violin, and Rita Porfiris, viola, includes works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright Sheng, Mikhail Glinka, Augusta Read Thomas, Manuel Ponce, and Carlos Gardel.
The event will be live on Zoom, and we will have the opportunity to speak with Miller and Porfiris about the music. Please RSVP to receive the Zoom login info.
The Miller-Porfiris Duo has been delighting audiences since 2005. On faculty of the Hartt School in Connecticut, the duo has been in residency and given seminars and masterclasses at festivals and institutions across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Recent seasons have seen tours around the United States, Iceland, Taiwan and Israel; with critically acclaimed performances on the Chamber Music of Little Rock, Chamber Music Pittsburgh, Tel Aviv Museum, and Icelandic Chamber Society series. Their “MP2 on the Silver Screen” series has reintroduced modern audiences to the compelling interplay of silent film and live music.
Committed to expanding the repertoire for violin and viola, in 2010 they commissioned and recorded 3 new works by Errollyn Wallen, Mario Diaz Gavier, and Libby Larsen for their debut CD “Five Postcards.” Their second CD, titled “Eight Pieces” and released in 2013, was deemed a “fine new recording” and praised for its “wonderfully smooth ensemble work” and “vibrant and focused” playing by Gramophone and Audible Audiophile Magazines. Acclaim from Fanfare for the Duo’s third CD, entitled “Divertimenti” declares their playing “a lightning bolt” and speaks to the “color, fire, and passion.” Whole Note Magazine declared “you would have to go a long way to hear better duo playing than this.” Their fourth CD, “Threaded Sky”, released in the Spring of 2020, features new compositions by Bright Sheng, Krzysztof Penderecki, Mani Mirzaee and Augusta Read Thomas.
For more information visit their website at www.millerporfirisduo.org.
UVMC is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.