Paul Kildea introduces Concert Season 2024
A child looking through a kaleidoscope will turn the lens quickly, impatient for the transformation, greedy for the image that sits at the farthest point from the original. An adult will savour the subtlest shift, able to keep the two images in mind long enough to marvel at the refractions.
I went into planning for 2024 thinking about such subtle refractions. What happens if we make our great love, chamber music, the focus as we turn ever so slightly the kaleidoscopic lens aimed at it?
By pure chance, in sitting down to write this introduction I read a blog post from the American composer and songwriter Gabriel Kahane, whose national tour for us in August/September 2024, with the brilliant and charismatic violinist Pekka Kuusisto is a cherished component of our season. He was writing about a concert he curated some months back: ‘The basic conceit of the evening is to present a series of collages, mosaics, jump-cuts, and juxtapositions that occur within, as well as across, multiple works.’ Sometimes it’s thrilling to look at familiar works sideways, Gabriel seemed to be saying.