Nannerl Mozart, No Longer Forgotten

The Other Mozart Written by Sylvia Milo Sylvia Milo as Nannerl Mozart Directed by Isaac Byrne Review of performance July 8, 2014 at HERE Arts Center in New York City The Other Mozart tells an archetypical story—of musical brilliance, ambition, dedication and talent—thwarted by oppressive and insurmountable societal factors. This vividly dramatized portrayal of Maria Anna (nicknamed Nannerl) Mozart, is a story of ambition thwarted and talent crushed.  Through Nannerl’s eyes we get a glimpse of what might have been—but wasn’t.  That Nannerl, like her younger brother Wolfgang, was a precocious talent is clear. But she faced limitations from earliest childhood, specifically because…

Katerina Kramarchuk, Rising Star and Versatile Composer

Attending the “Curtis on Tour” concert on Sunday (which I reviewed here ), I had the opportunity to hear a newly composed work by Katerina Kramarchuk, a Curtis alumna. Katerina Kramarchuk is a “rising star” composer, adept in many areas of the current scene.  She composes concert music, music for films, and is a song composer in a more popular idiom. Finally, she performs her own music and the works of others as a pianist. Born in Moldova in 1988, she moved with her family to the U.S. in 2002.  She studied at the Manhattan School, the Curtis Institute of…