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Transcendentalism and Charles Ives: Triple Helix Trio

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Wednesday, April 02, 2003

We thought we'd add another dimension to our 50th anniversary celebration of the discovery of the Double Helix, by featuring this lecture and performance by Triple Helix, the internationally-acclaimed ensemble out of Wellesey College with special guest, professor of English, Lawrence Rosenwald. The group performs Ives Second Violin Sonata and Ives Piano trio while intermittently discussing Charles Ives and his Piano Trio. Born in Danbury, Connecticut in 1874, Charles Ives pursued one of the most extraordinary and paradoxical careers in American music history. Businessman by day and composer by night, Ives's compositions gradually brought him recognition as an original and significant American composer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Inspired by transcendentalist philosophy, Ives sought a highly personalized musical expression through the most innovative and radical technical means possible. A fascination with bi-tonal forms, polyrhythms, and quotation was nurtured by his father whom Ives would later acknowledge as the primary creative influence on his musical style. In 1947, Ives was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his *Symphony No. 3*.

Lawrence Rosenwald, Professor of English at Wellesley College, joined the Wellesley faculty in 1980. From 1993 to 1997 he was the Whitehead Associate Professorship in Critical Thought. In 1997, he became the Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of American Literature. Before his arrival, he had been a Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago (1978-80), and an Adjunct Lecturer at Lehman College (1973-77). He received his B.A. (1970), M.A. (1971) and Ph.D. (1979) from Columbia University. Professor Rosenwald's chief intellectual interests include American literature, especially the American literary representation of language and dialect contact; the theory and practice of translation; the relations between words and music; early music theater; and pacifism and nonviolence. *Scripture and Translation*, his translation of Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig's Die Schrift und ihre Verdeutschung, was published by Indiana University Press in 1994; his *Emerson and the Art of the Diary* was published by Oxford University Press in 1988. Among his more recent publications are "On Not Reading in Translation", in *Antioch Review*; "Orwell, Pacifism, Pacifists" in *Thomas Cushman and John Rodden ed*., *George Orwell Into the 21st Century*, published by Paradigm Press; and "American Anglophone Literature and Multilingual America," in *Werner Sollors ed.*, *Multilingual America*, published by New York University Press. Forthcoming is a translation of *Lamed Shapiros Nuyorkish*; ongoing projects include a book on American literature and multilingual America, and an essay on pacifism.
Pianist Lois Shapiro conjures enchantment and produces and inspires musical magic, notes *The Boston Globe*. A New York Concert Artists Guild Award winner and highly sought-after soloist and collaborative pianist, she has appeared throughout the U.S. and abroad in concerts ranging from 18th-century period-instrument performances to premieres. Shapiro has recorded on Afka, Channel Classics, Centaur, MLAR, and Pierrot. She teaches at Wellesley College and at the Longy School of Music. As an expression of her abiding interest in inspiring young people, Ms. Shapiro has created, in collaboration with the Longy School of Music Dalcroze Department, engaging and highly popular family programs in which she has performed as narrator and pianist. She holds degrees from Peabody Institute and the Yale School of Music.
A seasoned performer on the international touring circuit, and having played over one thousand concerts as a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Muir String Quartet, Bayla Keyes currently concertises throughout America as recitalist, as soloist with orchestras, and as a member of the contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva and the acclaimed piano trio, Triple Helix. With degrees from Curtis Institute and Yale University and her first professional experience with Music from Marlboro, Keyes naturally extends her musical commitment to education. She is currently Professor of Violin at Boston University and Artistic Director of both the Interlochen Chamber Music Conference and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute String Quartet Seminar. Her piano trio, Triple Helix, is in residence at Wellesley College, where their series of Beethoven concerts garnered them the accolade of Musicians of the Year 2002 from *the Boston Globe*. Their recently released CD *A Sense of Place* was mentioned as Best of North America, December 2004 by *Gramophone Magazine*. Keyes has recorded for Video Artists International, Ecoclassics, CRI, Musical Heritage, EMI-France, Sony, Koch, Bridge, MRS and New World Records. She plays a Gennarius Gagliano made in 1740.
Cellist Rhonda Rider whom *The Boston Globe* calls a glorious cellist, remarkable for her extraordinarily expressive and inventive playing was the founding cellist of the Naumburg-award-winning Lydian String Quartet, with whom she performed for over twenty years. Rider is currently Coordinator of Chamber Music and on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory. During the summer months, she is heard at various festivals including Music from Salem, Green Mountain, Tanglewood, and Token Creek. She is also the cello coach for the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong. An advocate of contemporary music, she has premiered works by such composers as John Harbison, Lee Hyla, and Steve Mackey. She holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Yale School of Music.