|New York Times Review: Tobias Picker Composer Portrait|
|A Composer's Repertory in Broad Brush Strokes
By Steve Smith
The New York Times
October 9, 2011
"The philosophy behind the Composer Portraits series at the Miller Theater of Columbia University runs contrary to the kind of program you will find on almost every other concert stage in town, any day of the week. Instead of mixing works by different composers to form juxtapositions that illuminate each (or not), the Miller series generally provides a handful of pieces by a single composer, providing in its best instances a useful and nuanced overview of one artist’s development.
That notion held during the first portrait of the new season, devoted to Tobias Picker, on Thursday evening. The essential kernel of Mr. Picker’s back story is well known: initially trained by an imposing triumvirate of American modernists — Elliott Carter, Milton Babbitt and Charles Wuorinen — Mr. Picker broke with early rigors to embrace tonality, lyricism and, significantly, opera..." (Read more)
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Photo by Julieta Cervantes for The New York Times - mezzo soprano Kirstin Chávez accompanied by Frédéric Chaslin