On February 15, Van Cliburn gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu – in his only NYC appearance this season – returns to perform chamber music with clarinetist Jon Manasse, cellist Bion Tsang and violinist/Artistic Director Stephanie Chase.
This program features music by Beethoven, Poulenc and Dvorak that reflects on life and its necessities, friendship, and nationalism. It will take place at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, located at 120 West 69th Street in New York City. The concert will start at 8:15 and is preceded by a talk at 7:30.
BEETHOVEN – Trio for piano, clarinet and cello, Op. 11
POULENC – Sonata for clarinet and piano, FP184
DVORAK – Piano Trio No. 4 “Dumky”
Beethoven’s delightful trio is partly inspired by a popular Viennese song containing the phrase “Before I go to work, I need something to eat.”
Dedicated to his friend Arthur Honegger, a fellow member of Les Six, Poulenc’s Sonata was commissioned by jazz great Benny Goodman, who premiered it (after Poulenc’s sudden death in 1963) with pianist Leonard Bernstein.
The word “Dumky” refers to the dumka, or an epic ballad of a somber nature containing contrasting cheerful sections. Dvorak’s “Dumky Trio” is among his most beloved chamber music compositions and dates from 1891.Admission at door: $30, $20 student/senior, cash or check only. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.
For more information, visit the Music of the Spheres Society.