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Colored Stones for Solo Bassoon, by Jenni Brandon, Presented by Eleni Katz at the New World Center, Truist Pavilion

December 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Colored Stones for Solo Bassoon, by Jenni Brandon, Presented by Eleni Katz at the New World Center, Bassoon Fellow Eleni Katz presents a multimedia recital that takes the audience on a three-part journey through the natural elements: Water, Earth and Wind at the Truist Pavilion, located at the New World Symphony, New World Center, 500 17th Street Miami Beach, FL 33139, Telephone (305) 673-3330

The recital demonstrates the intertwinement of multiple art forms: double reed playing, voice, poetry and projection design. It will feature in performance Eleni and the Marea Duo, a chamber ensemble that seeks to explore the sounds, colors, textures, boundaries and capabilities of the bassoon, oboe and the human voice.

Solo Spotlight: Natural Element

New World Center, Truist Pavilion

Monday, December 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM


Eleni Katz, bassoon

Thomas Steigerwald, piano

Marea Duo


Meretzky — Sea Glass Partita

BrandonColored Stones

Scott — Elegy for Innocence

Vallon — Flux / Jusant

Kim — The Weight of Wind

Gershwin/Ford — “Summertime”

Colored Stones for solo bassoon tells the story of three stones: smoky quartz, lapis lazuli, and tiger’s eye. Some cultures and spiritual practices believe these stones have powerful qualities such as the ability to heal, protect, and offer spiritual guidance. The bassoon explores these beautiful stones’ unique qualities.

0 Smoky Quartz – An incredibly grounding stone, this smoky brown stone transforms and diffuses negative energy. The bassoon changes from a sense of grounding to playfulness, exploring this balance of energy. In the end, it always finds its way back to telling the story of the grounding quality of the stone.

0 Lapis Lazuli – Prized for its colors, this deep blue stone was used by kings and queens in paintings and ceremonial robes. Believed to help foster truthful expression and communication, it supports the immune system and brings peace. The bassoon explores the luxurious blue color, mixing in flashes of gold found in the stone.

0 Tiger’s Eye – Tiger’s eye, a golden brown to deep red stone, is very grounding and can bring luck and ward off evil. The bassoon is sometimes “protective and seeing,” moving quickly to remove the look of the “evil eye” and other times moving dreamily through an ancient landscape of protective energy.

It was an honor to be chosen as the winner of the 2014 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition and to have this work premiered by Susan Nelson.

This work is available for purchase through Imagine Music Publishing.