Picosa – The Beauty of Rhetoric

march, 2022

sun06mar3:00 pmsun4:30 pmPicosa - The Beauty of Rhetoric


(Sunday) 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Epiphany Center For The Arts: The Sanctuary

201 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607

Event Details


Date: Sunday, March 6, 2022

Doors Open: 1:30PM

Show Time: 3PM

Tickets: $20 General Admission

Concert Program: 

Johann Sebastian Bach | Sonata No. 1 in b minor BWV 1014 (violin, piano)

Reena Esmail | Saans (violin, cello, piano)

Stacey 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)

About the show: 

 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.

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

About Picosa: 

Picosa  reflects an expansive and inclusive view of music in its artistry, programming, and concert experience. A Chicago-based ensemble comprised of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and composer-in-residence, Picosa champions the works of Chicago composers onstage each season. The ensemble also showcases music from diverse historical and cultural contexts and hosts its multiple  ongoing concert series at DePaul University’s Holtschneider Performance Center, Epiphany Center for the Arts, and The Driehaus Museum. Every concert experience is a community building event, and the musicians welcome conversations with the audience in post-concert receptions and in social media.

Founded in 2014, Picosa’s recent performances include Live from WFMT with Kerry Frumkin, Rush Hour Concert Series, Chicago’s Cultural Center, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Ear Taxi Festival, and Frequency Series at Constellation Chicago.  The ensemble has also held guest residencies at Elmhurst University, North Central College, and Roosevelt University.

Picosa is a 501(c)3 organization that relies on the support of music lovers to bring great performances to the stage. Please visit www.PicosaMusic.com

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