Ritual Offerings - A Smash Hit!
Updated: Dec 16, 2019
We are excited to announce that our inaugural house concert presentation, Ritual Offerings, was a rousing success! Generously hosted at two different homes by key supporters of Constellations, this program marked the debut of our new chamber music series in the Washington, DC area.
The Ritual Offerings program explored the importance of rituals and repetition to the human experience, from our day-to-day habits to our most meaningful celebrations. Through the act of performing rituals, we ground ourselves in comforting repetition and find meaning in what might otherwise seem ordinary or random. Rituals offer us key moments of respite and reflection in an increasingly frenetic and fragmented world.
One of our esteemed concert hosts called this "the most unique concert I have ever hosted ... All the audience members totally enjoyed it and were thrilled beyond words." Another raved about how "Constellations was able to create an unanticipated musical intimacy with such creativity that tapped into the sorrow and joy within all of us." You can read more of our guest reactions here!
In addition to Artistic Director Ellen Hwangbo (piano), Constellations was excited to welcome Programming Committee Members Ian Rosenbaum (percussion) and Daniel Pesca (piano), as well as guest artist Grace Park (violin) for this exciting taste of things to come! Ian Rosenbaum is a major star of the percussion and new music world, a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two) and many trailblazing new music ensembles. Daniel Pesca, pianist and composer, recently won a coveted appointment at UMBC in Baltimore, where he runs the piano program as their first full-time, tenure-track Professor of Piano. Violinist Grace Park graciously made a stop in D.C. after her Carnegie Hall debut as winner of the 2018 Naumburg International Violin Competition. All of them are virtuosos in their own right and it was thrilling to see them in action together!
Stay tuned for announcements of additional house concerts planned for February 2020, and for the full program announcement of our very special fundraising concert at our incredible venue in downtown D.C., scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2020, featuring legendary cellist Colin Carr and violinist Hye-Jin Kim as well as Ellen Hwangbo and Ian Rosenbaum!