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Nocturnal snapshots and a delirious high

Mohammed Fairouz's Piano Miniatures attracted attention at Katie Reamer's surprise concert at the Gables at East Mountain just before Hurricane Sandy. Was this the impact of the composer, the skills of the pianist or an untutored audience awaking to new forms and possibilities?

The first Piano Miniature "Nocturnal Snapshot" was written by Fairouz in the middle of the night when the he realized it was 2 a.m. and he was still contemplating what to write. His notes provided other insights: Miniature #2 was the result of a challenge to write a piece without dissonance. It's a slow dance of arpeppios. #3 incorporates a snippet of Bach's Art of the Fugue and #4 is a musical joke. Each piece of the Piano Miniatures offered something different.

It was amazing that on Monday the pianist Katie Reimer could divert the audience from the sounds of the wind and the threat of purple clouds gathering. The whole experience was energizing rather than depressing.

Fairouz is a prolific NYC based composer, age 27, whom Reimer has collaborated with over the past nine years. Reimer is the Artistic and Executive Director of the Mimesis Ensemble, a NYC based group dedicated to performing 20th and 21st century music, they released their debut CD with Bridge Records on Oct. 1, 2012. It features Mohammed Fairouz's opera, Sumeida's song. The composer was born after most the audience had finished their piano lessons.

In addition to the surprise concert, the week also brought Ann Day's newest Calendar, "Poetry through the Years" with its rose covered doorway. The text ended with a word of gratitude to "my poetry friends in Killington Arts Guild"-the first time we were so honored. When she brings her photographs for the new Killington Arts Gallery show that opens Nov. 24 she will bring the 2013 Calendar with its fresh new poems and provocative photographs.

A final picture this year is a striking view of a whirling icy river with this line "No brook is too little to seek the sea" (unknown author.) On the October page Ann Day has a poem of her own that ends "… and now, above, the snow geese fly; I soar with them on a delirious high."

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