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By Joel Friedman

Pas de Deux returns!

On 07, Jan 2024 | In News | By Joel Friedman

A “long time ago” I had the lovely and unusual experience of having a dear friend, Pam, commission me to write a surprise birthday present for her husband Steve. Pam and I sat and discussed ideas for the narrative, the different stages a deep relationship undergoes, and how even the passage of time seems altered by our perceptions of love. The large, one-movement piece is divided into 4 sections: I. Prologue; II. Youth; III. The Limits of Life, a. Dialogue and b. How Time Ends; and IV. Pas de Deux. My wife and I never knew two people as loving and committed as Pam and Steve, so were incredibly shocked when they separated much later. WHAT? But, lo and behold! Pam recently contacted me to say that she and Steve were not only remarrying, but they wanted to mark the occasion with a private performance of their piece: Pas de Deux. Several terrific cellists – Semyon Fridman, Maria Kitsopoulos, and Fred Sherry – have performed the cello part in the past. Now a new generation of stellar artists are stepping up: Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient, Thomas Mesa (and pianist Yoon Lee). Pas de Deux is a tour de force, a virtuosic work. I’m so thrilled that it will be revived for the people who inspired it, and will be part of their private ceremony and concert in New York City on January 12, 2024. Contact me for score purchase.