Saturday, June 12, 2021, 8:00 pm at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Celebrating Mr. Russell Sherman's 91st birthday
“Russell Sherman has deftly followed his own mysterious and
luminous path. When I met him initially, I was no longer a
student, I had developed my esthetics, musically but also
philosophically. Immediately and intuitively, I felt a deep
kinship for him, his work, his commitments... Knowing him,
hearing him perform many times, speaking with him often by
telephone, confirmed and reinforced my intuitions. His
performances stay with you. You never forget them. If you have
soul, spirit, thought, ideas, you cannot forget them. His
performances, his work, his travails that extend way past the
musical domain, continue to resonate through the memory of these
instants in time, long past, for all of us lucky to have been
there and for those who merely heard about them. Russell Sherman
remains unique. No word can render justice to these experiences.
I can only suggest the unknowable, what enters, clearly and
essentially, the uncharted territories of transcendence. Thank
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29
in B-flat Major,
Op. 106, Hammerklavier
Scherzo: Assai vivace
Introduzione: Largo... Allegro – Fuga: Allegro risoluto
~ Intermission ~
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Klavierstück
Free admission, donation
Face mask and social distancing mandated.
Children under 6 not admitted.
pioneered the monographic solo piano recital of leading avantgarde composers
from the second half of the 20th century, devoting entire programs, often
their entire piano music, to composers including Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz
Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis. He has recorded for Neuma Records, Lorelt
Records and Bridge Records. Gramophone Magazine chose his recording of
Boulez’s complete piano work as Editor’s Choice. Ponthus was conductor of
the EastsideEnsemble, the IFCP Ensemble and the
Project Webern Orchestra. He has staged and directed contemporary chamber
operas. Ponthus edited and prefaced a book of essays on the music of Elliott
Carter (Pendragon Press) and produced “Pierre Boulez in Conversation with
Marc Ponthus”, a video filmed at the Deutsche Staat Opera by the award
winning film maker Sylvia Calle.
Ponthus has performed extensively in North America and abroad in series and
festivals. He composes under the “nom de plume” Oữτις. He has combined video
collage in live performances. He was the founder and artistic director of
the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance in New York (IFCP).
Ponthus has written and directed numerous short films. His experimental
films “Odyssey to Desire”, “Girl streaminG”, “Pianissimo”, and “if,…the
ruins of narrative” were chosen as official selections at a number of
international film festivals. Ponthus is a recipient of the Tanne
Foundation's Award for achievement in the arts.