Donald Berman, Artistic Director

Firstworks was sponsored by First Night, Inc., Boston. Each program in this series offered one monumental twentieth century work with one First Night premiere. The commissioned composer for each concert knew in advance which masterpiece his or her new work would be paired with. Cumulatively, the four programs explored varying evocative styles of the twentieth century while producing four substantial chamber works. Each program was performed twice every New Year's Eve from 1996-1999 at the First & Second Church, Boston, MA.

Firstworks I

Piano Trio #2
Piano Trio

Scott Wheeler
Maurice Ravel

Firstworks II

Stretti Di Scarlatti
Piano Trio

Elena Ruehr
Charles Ives

Firstworks III

Trio 1999
Trio, op. 67

Charles Fussell
Dmitri Shostakovich

Firstworks IV

Trio for the Beginning of Time
Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps

Tod Machover
Olivier Messiaean

Sarah Roth, violin
Emmanuel Feldman, cello
Jennifer Lucht, cello
Gary Gorczyca, clarinet
Donald Berman, piano