Fri 12/11, 2020, 7:30pm
Town Music: The Impermanence of Time
A Final Culmination of Joshua Roman’s Fermata Residency

This season, Town Music explores how digital spaces can enhance our experience of art, rather than simply remind us of what we are missing. The series looks different this year, as do so many things. This performance marks the culmination of Town Music Artistic Director Joshua Roman’s Fermata residency, the first offering in this year’s Town Music series. It has been an experiment in what we can achieve when faced with circumstances that require radical adaptability. Throughout the past twelve weeks, Joshua has explored the process of creation and transformation for digital spaces, bringing us along on this journey of discovery. In this final feature presentation, he has curated a special evening of music featuring seven otherworldly and meditative performances.

From “Quartet for the End of Time” to pieces written this year in response to the pandemic, and stops in between, four local chamber musicians and Joshua himself consider the feeling of time being stretched or displaced, an occurrence that is all too familiar these days. Join us for an affecting evening of chamber music from phenomenal local musicians that will leave a lasting impact.


Noah Geller (violin), Mara Gearman (viola), Joshua Roman (cello), arx duo (Mari Yoshinaga and Garrett Arney – percussion)


Robert Honstein: Evergreen (commissioned for arx duo)

             Fading Light (mvt I) [digital premiere]

TJ Cole: Ping-Pong Shooting Star from “Playtime” for string sextet

Joshua Roman: Two Entries from the Musical Journal (commissioned by the ProtoStar Group in response to the pandemic)

             Un Amour Lointain

             Untitled Entry [digital premiere]

Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

Louange à l’immortalité de Jésus (mvt VIII)

Erik Satie: Gymnopédie no. 2

Ian Gottlieb: Forever, My Grace…

             …is all the particles of dust, drifting on a desert wind (mvt V)


Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the Town Music series.

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