Works: Italian Concerto
January 19, 2007
Free-Spirited Innocence, With a Hint of Menace
By: Gia Kourlas, New York Times
Mark Morris began the sold-out nine-performance run of the Mark Morris Dance Group Wednesday night by accepting a WQXR American Gramophone Award (WQXR is owned by The New York Times Company), which pays tribute to individual excellence in music. "Music is a song and a dance," Mr. Morris said, quoting the late composer Lou Harrison. "Enjoy the show." Thankfully, that wasn't his only trip onstage. Performing a solo at once raw and refined in the andante section of his new dance, Italian Concerto, which is set to Bach and played by pianist Colin Fowler, Mr. Morris was also its heartbeat.