Tuesday, August 19, 2014
EXAMINER.COM -- Last night the Center for New Music (C4NM) hosted the program curated by Brien Henderson titled “Unaccompanied: The Art of Solo Performance.” As Henderson observed in his opening remarks, this grew out of his seeking a platform for the first performance of “Confessions: I,” which he had composed for solo viola. He decided that, rather than working it into a viola recital, he would prepare a program of solo works for other instruments (and, as it turned out, voice) as a more appropriate setting. The result made for an engaging juxtaposition of past and present. The program included two of Henderson’s contemporaries, one of whom, Brent Miller, is a co-founder of C4NM. The other was Benjamin Sabey, one of Henderson’s teachers at San Francisco State University.