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Violinist to play ‘Flight of Birds’ at Chatter Sunday

Violinist David Felberg will perform at Chatter Sunday.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Chatter Sunday will soar in a solo performance by co-founder and violinist David Felberg at the Las Puertas Event Center.

Felberg will play Joseph Kasinskas’ “Flight of Birds,” a contemporary work that garnered attention when Felberg played here it in 2017.

“They talked about it a lot long after the performance,” he said. “It’s got an immediate emotional response to it.”

The Philadelphia-based composer said he centered the piece on the essential qualities of the violin to echo throughout a room. The piece incorporates electronics through a delay pedal.

“It’s like playing in a canyon,” Felberg said. “It’s about bird patterns; trying to explore that musically.”

The work is a segment of “Demeter’s Lament,” a theater piece for voice, instruments and electronics. The piece represents Demeter, goddess of the Earth, who lost her daughter. “The Flight of Birds” is the search for that missing child.

The title of David Lang’s “Mystery Sonata” was taken from the famous work of the same name by the Baroque composer Heinrich Biber.

“They’re virtuosic selections on the life of Christ,” Felberg said.

Lang decided to make Biber’s 12 sonatas his own, dividing Jesus’ life into three phases of joy, sorrow and glory.

“They’re reflective, quiet and internal states of being,” Felberg said.

“It’s really a tour-de-force of virtuosity and stamina.”

The performance marks the work’s New Mexico premiere.

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