The soul, creativity, or love put into something; the essence of yourself that you put into your work.
Meraki is a chamber ensemble co-founded by former classmates, Anastasia Christofakis, clarinet, and Elizabeth G. Hill, piano. The ensemble is dedicated to making a social impact through music. Meraki’s recurring focus is the music of “Essence” that evokes the culture and history of people through their folk sound and musical language.
2017-18 Season Programs
Music of Essence: America
Chamber works for clarinet and piano that highlight the diverse voices of American music and culture; music by Bernstein, Gershwin, Horovitz, and a recently commissioned work by Jamie Whitmarsh.
Stories of the Phoenix
Storytelling works of diverse cultures that engage and unify compassionate listeners; featuring music by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Fittelberg, Jamie Whitmarsh, and Joshua Williams Mills.
Meraki and Friends
Our seasonal collaborative program that features some of our closest musician friends; featuring trios for clarinet, cello, and piano by Beethoven, Brahms, Muczynski, and Nino Rota, with Justin Page, cello.
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