On October 3, Elizabeth performed solo works by Benjamin Britten, David Lang, Ned Rorem, and Lou Harrison, plus Maurice Ravel's "Berceuse sur le Nom de Gabriel Fauré" with violinist Anna Elashvili at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art in a concert featuring Decoda, Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. James R. Oestreich at the New York Times praised the performance:
On Saturday, the museum offered “Musical Portraits,” another of the free-floating programs that have increasingly come to characterize Ms. Tomer’s tenure, this one in the Vélez Blanco Patio. Featuring the chamber ensemble Decoda, it was tied to an exhibition of paintings by John Singer Sargent, “Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends,” which closed on Sunday.
The Decoda players, with Elizabeth Joy Roe as excellent piano soloist, made fine work of modest pieces by David Lang, Ned Rorem, Paul Moravec, Aaron Jay Kernis and composers past. Some Sargent paintings were projected on a wall beforehand, and details, hugely magnified, were shown in moving projections during the performances.
With one glorious exception, they did not represent figures memorialized in the music. But it was delightful to see Fauré’s proud mustache pass in review as Ms. Roe and Anna Elashvili, a similarly excellent violinist, played Ravel’s “Berceuse sur le Nom de Gabriel Fauré.”
Next up: duo concerts in the US and Europe, plus exciting new music videos in the works!