September 7, 2023
I had the privilege of hosting the New York City launch of Jeremy Eichler‘s Time’s Echo. Jeremy and I share an editor in Jon Segal and a publishing house in A.A. Knopf. Jeremy partnered with Cristin Canterbury Bagnall to bring together the extraordinary ensemble of Johnny Gandelsman on violin, Michael Nicolas on cello, and Erika Dohi on piano to perform Shostakovich’s Piano Trio in E Minor, one of the works and composers featured in Jeremy’s book. Here’s much more about the book from his page on the publisher’s site.
We began the event with drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace.
We remain particular about food with some set ideas about keeping it simple and delicious. Guests were encouraged to eat before the presentation and performance, which we had called for 7:15 pm. That took some coaxing.
Between the living room and dining room, which give on each other, I can seat 45 people or so. The guest list in this case was Jeremy’s. Such a warm crowd. Elena Park provided Jeremy with a beautiful introduction, after which he spoke movingly about the book and its premises and then provided context about the Shostakovich piece we were about to hear before introducing the musicians.
The performance was transporting.
I thought everyone would leave just as soon as the recital ended with strawberries and cream and Russian tea cookies. The rooms were reasssembled in minutes and the core group remained for more than an hour to relish what we had just experienced.
I need to hold on to moods like the one this evening created.