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Solo Piano Music of Joelle Wallach Performed by Margaret Mills

January 2, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or

Joelle Wallach’s Lagrimas y Locuras: Mapping the Mind of a Madwoman will be presented by pianist Margaret Mills on Thursday, January 3 – 7:00 PM at Third Street Music School Settlement, 235 East 11th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) in New York, NY. This will be part of Ms. Mills’ lecture/recital Made in America, which also includes a pre-concert lecture at 6:15 PM.

In Lagrimas y Locuras, Mapping the Mind of a Madwoman, Joelle Wallach returns to her interest in music which expresses a specific inner life, a particular psychological landscape. Based on the Mexican folksong La Llorona, and commissioned by Mexican pianist Ana Cervantes from Ms. Wallach as part of her Song of the Monarch, Women in Mexico project, Lagrimas y Locuras reveals the inner monologue of La Llorona herself as she haunts the banks of Mexican waterways, railing against her fate, the betrayal of her lover and the result of her own impetuous rage.

The composer writes, “Lagrimas y Locuras doesn’t recount the story of La Llorona, but instead imagines La Llorona’s reflections, recollections and her inner monologue as she walks, eternally distraught along the banks of innumerable Mexican waterways. Lagrimas y Locuras deconstructs the simple melody of the folksong La Llorona to explore the state of mind of that woman walking forever, alone and weeping, at war with her own past, her thoughts, memories and conscience in an endless avalanche of tears, rage and remorse. For her, no memory – no matter how sweet - can be untouched by guilt, anger or regret. Each time her thoughts return to simple scenes of past happiness, love or family, the melody within her twists and writhes through strange and unexpected, distorted textures and tonalities.”

Ms. Mills will also present works by other American composers. This performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 212-777-3240 or visit Third Street Music School Settlement at

Since her debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1974, Margaret Mills has given solo recitals in such prestigious venues as Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City and at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. She made her London debut in Wigmore Hall in 1981, the first of several European performances in the following decades, most recently giving solo recitals in Heidelberg, Munich and other cities in Germany. She also presented a solo recital in Rome, Italy in May of 2011. Visit her at

Joelle Wallach composes music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo voices and choruses. Her String Quartet 1995 was the American Composers Alliance nominee for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The New York Philharmonic Ensembles premiered her octet, From the Forest of Chimneys, written to celebrate their 10th anniversary; and the New York Choral Society commissioned her secular oratorio, Toward a Time of Renewal, for 200 voices and orchestra to commemorate their 35th Anniversary Season in Carnegie Hall. Wallach's early training in piano, voice, theory, bassoon and violin included study at the Juilliard Preparatory Division. In 1984 the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with John Corigliano, granted her its first doctorate in composition.

The 4Tay label has released two new CDs of Dr. Wallach’s music - The Door Standing Open – a critically acclaimed collection of songs and chamber works (CD 4034) - and The Nightwatch - more songs and solo piano works (CD 4035) - More about her at

Dr. Wallach is represented by Jeffrey James Arts Consulting, who can be contacted at 516-586-3433 or at





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