Absinthe: A Cinematic Journey at ChamberFest Miami 2024


Saturday, May 25, 2024 - Location: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 5:30 PM

Join us for a wine reception with the artists after the concert, complimentary with your ticket purchase. 

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Presented in partnership with the Miami Chamber Music Society


Alexander Hersh, cello and program creator
Marina Radiushina, piano

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Experience the immersive world of Absinthe, a groundbreaking fusion of film and live classical music curated by cellist Alexander Hersh. Transporting audiences on a journey through captivating storytelling, this innovative project delves into the depths of musical expression, all while shedding light on the enigmatic allure of the notorious drink, Absinthe. In the accompanying film, Hersh finds himself entranced by a cello-shaped bottle of Absinthe, known as The Green Fairy for its mesmerizing emerald hue and storied past. Explore the intriguing history of this once-banned elixir, infamous for its purported hallucinogenic properties, as the film weaves together narrative threads of mystery and fascination.


Through a seamless blend of film and live performance, Absinthe otters a fresh perspective on the classical repertoire, showcasing works by luminaries such as Debussy, Boulanger, Janacek, and Scriabin. Brought to life before your eves, as Absinthe pushes the boundaries of creativity and captivates audiences with its unique approach to classical music storytelling.



  • Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Webern: 2 pieces for Cello and Piano
  • Lili Boulanger: Nocturne
  • Janacek: Pohadka
  • Scriabin: Poem


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Absinthe is presented as part of ChamberFest Miami 2024: New Destinations, an extraordinary musical journey across artistic frontiers. The festival runs May 9th through June 2, with highlights including the "Virtuoso Flight" concert showcasing pianist Zhu Wang, the "Freylakh: From Classical to Klezmer" performances blending sophistication with vibrant folk traditions, and cellist Alexander Hersh's groundbreaking "Absinthe" program fusing live classical music with cinematic storytelling. World-class artistry abounds from renowned ensembles like the Amernet and Ariel Quartets alongside rising international stars. Experience award-winning soloists including Grammy winner Nathan Schram, Avery Fisher Grant recipient Arnaud Sussmann, and many other top prizewinning musicians. From revered classics to cutting-edge fusions, ChamberFest Miami 2024 celebrates the limitless possibilities of chamber music. Join this extraordinary musical odyssey to "New Destinations!"