The Power of Five

Poetry's already a musical art form, but how does one translate it into instrumental music? Composers have tackled the challenge for years, from Doctor Faustus to Morton Feldman. The newest among their ranks is composer Pamela Marshall, who based her newest work on the lyrics of Cuban poet Carlos Pintado.

Quinteto sobre los poemas de Carlos Pintado is a piece for quintet, with the lead instrument, the piano, supported by viola, violin, cello, and double bass. A world premiere performed by the South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Quinteto sobre los poemas de Carlos Pintado comes just at the right time: when the bigger companies have folded up shop for the summer.
Sun., May 17, 6 p.m.; Tue., May 19, 8 p.m.; Wed., May 20, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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