Preview: Picosa to Offer Wide Variety in Sunday Concert

Picosa performs a wide repertoire of music. Photo by Forestt Strong Lafave.

Chicago-based sextet Picosa will be performing a wide-ranging program this Sunday at the Epiphany Center of the Arts. Headed by flutist Jennie Oh Brown, Picosa’s unusual lineup of flute, clarinetist Andrea R. DiOrio, violinist Elizabeth Brausa Brathwaite, cellist Paula Kosower, and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang allows them to explore lots of different ensemble combinations. They also have a composer in residence, Jonathon Kirk, who provides original scores and transcriptions into this lineup of music originally written for other instruments.

Sunday’s program illustrates that variety. It opens with a work from the late 18th century, Beethoven’s Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11, Gasenhauser. Picosa is performing this excellent work with the original line-up of clarinet, cello, and piano. From 1797, they fast forward to 2017 with Chicago composer Shulamit Ran’s wonderful Birds of Paradise for flute and piano. Jonathon Kirk’s contribution is a transcription of one of Claude Debussy’s most beloved compositions, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) from orchestra to Picosa’s five instruments. Other composers on the program are Reinhold Glière and Joan Tower.

Picosa will perform at Epiphany Center of the Arts, 201 S. Ashland Ave., Sunday, December 5, at 6pm. Tickets are $20. For ticket information, click here.

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Louis Harris

A lover of music his whole life, Louis Harris has written extensively from the early days of punk and alternative rock. More recently he has focused on classical music, especially chamber ensembles. He has reviewed concerts, festivals, and recordings and has interviewed composers and performers. He has paid special attention to Chicago’s rich and robust contemporary art music scene. He occasionally writes poetry and has a published novel to his credit, 32 Variations on a Theme by Basil II in the Key of Washington, DC. He now lives on the north side of Chicago, which he considers to be the greatest city in the country, if not the world.

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