Passages cl/vc/pno

"Ronen Chamber Ensemble, a balanced mix of experienced and accomplished musicians, performed an enjoyable program titled "The Season of Living Indiana Composers" on May 18 at the Indiana History Center Auditorium.

"The world premiere of "Passages for clarinet, cello and piano" by Christopher Rutkowski proved the heart of the evening. Mr. Rutkowski, a contemporary classical composer and a jazz pianist, strode onto the stage to say a few words about his piece. He was eloquent, energetic, and humorous in discussing his work. The first movement of the piece was inspired by a custom of Orthodox Jews during which families celebrate the official entry into childhood of their offspring. Presented forthrightly throughout the movement, the tune goes through a substantial developmental section, ending with a rapturous climax. The second movement is a response to the sudden deaths of two individuals. It is bittersweet, alternating between chromaticism and reassuring harmony, between lamentation and solace. The third movement is a simple but satisfying response to moments of passage: a groove."

Lika Pishtalova, "A Satisfying Concert by the Ronen Chamber Ensemble" The Indianapolis Jewish Post and Opinion, June 23, 2004

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