Pianist Marilyn Nonken of Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions will perform Frederic Rzewski’s epic masterpiece The People UnitedWill Never Be Defeated! on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at (le) Poisson Rouge.
Nonken will present her interpretation of the contemporary classic, which is based on Sergio Ortega’s protest anthem El Pueblo Unido Jamas Cera Vencido, in New York and Santiago in celebration of the bicentennial of Chilean independence.
Of her 2005 performance of the work, Bernard Holland wrote in the New York Times: The People United is like a battlefield — a place where the listener observes both exhausting violence and the cool hand of a strategist. Ms. Nonken’s playing…was the victory of a survivor who had met every mood and outburst head on and with style, outlasting every obstacle.”
The November 9th program also includes the world premiere of Blues En El Corazon by Chilean-American composer Miguel Chuaqui.
Nonken is an assistant professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School and director of its program in piano studies.
A podcast by New York Public Radio will be available at WQXR’s link.