Picosa presents: The Beauty of Rhetoric

We all know those moments in music where completely disparate elements come together to speak the full scope of human experience with incredible power.

Baroque era musicians like Bach looked to the rhetorical style of ancient Greeks to inform their composing. Bach’s masterful Sonata No. 1 in b minor is a conversation in this setting for violin and piano. Finnish Composer Tomi Räisänen uses the rhetorical style of the Baroque period in Diabolic Dialogues. In a very different way, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dedicated her life to the persuasive art of rhetoric. My Dearest Ruth, a setting of Martin Ginsburg’s last letter to his wife by Stacey Garrop, was commissioned in celebration of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 80th birthday by Ginsburg’s children.

George Lewis, among the most important visionaries of our day, creates a remarkably human dialogue between flute and electronics in his Emergent. Reena Esmail’s Saans captures the beauty of the human breath. In a play on words, the piece becomes an elegy to those impacted by the Covid-19 virus and police violence. Finally, deconstructing the art of rhetoric to simple letters, Shawn Okpebholo’s CryptOlogiE presents the love of family by interweaving the initials of his daughters into this electrifying work.


Johann Sebastian Bach | Sonata No. 1 in b minor BWV 1014 (violin, piano)
Reena Esmail | Saans (violin, cello, piano)
Stacy Garrop | My Dearest Ruth (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano)
George Lewis | Emergent (flute, electronics)
Shawn Okpebholo | CryptOlogiE (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano)
Tomi Räisänen | Diabolic Dialogues (clarinet, cello)

Guest Artist
Daniel Schlosberg | piano

Picosa Artists
Jennie Oh Brown | flute
Andrea R. DiOrio | clarinet
Elizabeth Brausa Brathwaite | violin
Paula Kosower | cello
Jonathon Kirk | composer-in-residence

Picosa is also presenting a concert on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 7PM. Details here.

For more information on Picosa, visit their website: www.picosamusic.com

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is required for all audience members. By purchasing or registering for a ticket to this event, you agree to follow the COVID-19 audience safety requirements. Details found here.

Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Holtschneider Performance Center, Allen Recital Hall
2330 North Halsted Street

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School of Music, (All) School of Music, New Music, Chamber




$25 Standard; No charge for student ticket. Additional fees may apply.

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