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Pianist Sarah Cahill. Photo by Marianne La Rochelle
ACCLAIMED PIANIST SARAH CAHILL TAKES UP RESIDENCE IN MUSEUM GALLERIES FOR FIVE DAYS
PERFORMING MAMORU FUJIEDA’S MAGNUM OPUS PATTERNS OF PLANTS THROUGHOUT OPENING HOURS
February 24–28, 2016
Noguchi Museum | 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard)
Long Island City, NY
For one week in February, the chill and grey skies of winter will dissipate for visitors to the Noguchi Museum’s ground-floor galleries, where internationally celebrated pianist Sarah Cahill will take up residence, performing Mamoru Fujieda’s stunning cycle of short pieces titled Patterns of Plants throughout the Museum’s opening hours.
Patterns of Plants represents an extraordinary fusion of nature and technology. To create the piece, Fujieda measured the electrical impulses on the leaves of plants, and converted the data he obtained into sound. He then identified musical patterns within the sound, and used them as the basis for these miniatures.
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Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: clarinet, concert, contemporary, hichiriki, Kigawa, new music, Olson, piano, piercy, premier, sho koto, Taka Kigawa, Tenri, Thomas Piercy, Tokyo to New York
TOKYO TO NEW YORK 東京 と ニューヨーク
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2015 – 2015年10月18日（日曜日）
Premiers and New Music by Tokyo- and NYC-based Composers
Clarinetist and hichiriki player Thomas Piercy is joined in concert by pianists Taka Kigawa and Judith Olson, koto player Jun Ando and sho player Chatori Shimizu.
The October 18th “Tokyo to New York” concert features six world premiers and six United States premiers composed for critically acclaimed clarinetist and hichiriki player Thomas Piercy by Tokyo- and NYC-based composers. Mr. Piercy will be joined in the concert by two of NYC’s leading proponents of new music, pianists Taka Kigawa and Judith Olson. Also joining Piercy in the concert are sho player Chatori Shimizu and koto player Jun Ando.
The music – in a wide variety of styles – features premiers by Fernando Otero (Latin Grammy Award), Gilbert Galindo (Meet the Composer Van Lier Fellow), David Del Tredici (Pulitzer Prize), Ian Ng (ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award), Lyudmilla German, and Chatori Shimizu (Arima Prize). United States premiers by Tokyo composers Jun Nagao (Takemitsu Award) and Ippo Tsuboi, and NYC composers Dana Richardson, Michael Rose, Richard Rosenfeld, and Russell Wimbish; other works by Masatora Goya, William Mayer, and Ned Rorem (Pulitzer Prize).
Sunday | October 18, 2015 | 4pm
Tenri Cultural Institute
43 W. 13th St., NY, NY 10011
Tickets: $25 ($15 Students/Seniors)
Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org | 212-645-2800
Co-Presented with Arts at Tenri.
“Piercy’s Richly Diverse Program of Japanese and American Music…a fascinatingly eclectic, virtuosic program of new chamber works which contrast Japanese composers’ views of New York with their New York counterparts’ views of Japan. Although most of the works are relatively short,…the ensemble tackled the music’s wide range of demands with verve, insight and sensitivity.” – Lucid Culture Magazine
“Tokyo to New York” – under the direction of Thomas Piercy – celebrates connections between Tokyo and New York City with a series of concerts in Tokyo and NYC. The concerts feature new works composed for Western classical instruments as well as traditional Japanese instruments. They include a wide variety of styles of music, from Japanese avant-garde to American contemporary classical, abstract to minimalism, neo-Romantic to tango nuevo, J-pop to jazz-influenced pieces.
The composers come from all walks of life and experience: from university students to university professors; from self-taught composers to composers with Ph.Ds; from emerging composers to composers that have won such prominent awards as the Takemitsu Prize, Grammy Award, Latin Grammy Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. The musicians of “Tokyo to New York” have had the opportunity to work with many of the Japanese and American composers programmed in these concerts. Since 2012, “Tokyo to New York” has performed over 60 world premiers and numerous Japan and United States Premiers. All works on “Tokyo to New York” concerts are performed in both New York City and Tokyo.
A highlight of an upcoming “Tokyo to New York” concert in Japan (February, 2016) is the world premier of Osamu Kawakami’s Double Concerto for clarinet and piano to be premiered by Piercy and renowned pianist Aki Takahashi.
More information about “Tokyo to New York” can be found at the following sites:
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Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: chamber music, classical music, composition, contemporary music, Music of the Spheres, New York, piano, sara Davis Buechner, Stephanie Chase, Stewart Pollens, violin, Zimbalist
The Music of the Spheres Society welcomes back the acclaimed pianist Sara Davis Buechner for a program of music by and associated with famed violinist Efrem Zimbalist and his son, actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.The concert will take place at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church near Lincoln Center. The Society’s artistic director, violinist Stephanie Chase, is also featured. The esteemed musical instrument expert Stewart Pollens will give a pre-concert talk at 7:30 PM, included in concert admission, on “The Violin and Bad Science.”
Efrem Zimbalist (1890-1985) was among the premiere violinists of the early 20th century. At 12 he became a student of the world renowned teacher Leopold Auer, and made successful debuts with major orchestras – including the Berlin Philharmonic and London Symphony – before his early 20’s. His first wife was a world-famous soprano, Alma Gluck, with whom he made a number of recordings. An avid music arranger, Zimbalist added violin parts to a number of songs and was a champion of “early” music, often using his own arrangements of works in his recitals, in addition to composing original music for violin and piano. In 1928 he began teaching violin at the esteemed Curtis Institute and was its director between 1941 and 1968.
Although remembered today for his acting roles, especially in television’s “77 Sunset Strip” and “The F.B.I.,” his son Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (1918-2014) also studied music seriously as a youth. He had already encountered success as an actor and producer on Broadway when the death of his first wife , from cancer at only 30, led him to retreat from acting. His father was then director of the Curtis Institute and encouraged Efrem Jr. to join him at Curtis in Philadelphia, where for a few years Efrem Jr. took on duties that at one point included Dean of Students. It was during this period of recovery that he composed his violin sonata – a work that his father featured on his own retirement recital in 1964.
This concert features rarely heard music either composed or arranged by both Efrems – including the virtuosic Fantasy on music by Rimsky-Korsakov – plus a favorite concert work for Efrem Sr., the Violin Sonata in D Minor by Johannes Brahms.
Selections from “Impressions for Piano” – Efrem Zimbalist, Sr.
Sonata for Violin and Piano – Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Fantasy from “Le Coq d’Or” – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Sonata No. 3, Op. 108 – Johannes Brahms
DATE: Friday, March 20, 2015; 8:15 PM
Christ & St. Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th Street, New York City
ADMISSION: $30, students and seniors: $20. Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/895261.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Sara Davis Buechner is praised on four continents as a musician of “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times) and “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music” (Washington Post). Ms. Buechner has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s prominent orchestras – including New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Saint Louis, San Francisco, and Montréal – and enjoys wide success throughout Asia, where she tours annually.
“One of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse News), Stephanie Chase enjoys an international career with concert performances in twenty-five countries. As soloist, Ms. Chase has appeared with over 170 orchestras worldwide, among them the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, American Classical Orchestra, National Symphony (Mexico), Hanover Band, San Francisco Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic.
“The Violin and Bad Science” by Stewart Pollens
In recent years, scientists have attempted to discover the “secrets” of Stradivari and other important musical instruments makers. In a number of studies, faulty scientific methods and dubious experimental techniques have been employed; in others, legitimate double-blind evaluations of tonal qualities, acoustical measurements and dendrochronology have yielded results that have been misrepresented or fancifully interpreted.
Stewart Pollens is the former conservator of musical instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1974-2006) and the author of books including “The Early Pianoforte,” “Stradivari,” and the forthcoming “The Manual of Musical Instrument Conservation,” all published by Cambridge University Press.
The Music of the Spheres Society is now in its 14th year of “exploring the links between music, philosophy and the sciences” (New Yorker). Inspired by the Neo-Platonic academies of 16th and 17th-century Italy, which combined discourse with musical presentations, it was co-founded by Artistic Director Stephanie Chase with the mission of promoting classical music through innovative chamber music concerts and pre-concert lectures which illuminate music’s historical, philosophical and scientific foundations, in order to give greater context for music to the average audience member. For more information about the Society, visit www.musicofthespheres.org.
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Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, Uncategorized, tags: Bartok, Bernstein, chamber music, clarinet, classical music, Jon Manasse, Jon Nakamatsu, Music of the Spheres Society, New York, Novacek, piano, Stephanie Chase, violin
From Ragtime to Romantic Riches
Friday, February 6 at 8:15 pm
Christ & St. Stephen’s Church
129 West 69th Street
New York, NY
Among the most celebrated musicians of our day, pianist Jon Nakamatsu and clarinetist Jon Manasse join violinist Stephanie Chase in a concert program inspired by Bartok’s chamber work for an unusual combination of instruments.
Don’t miss this exploration of diverse musical styles- including jazz, popular, contemporary, Romantic, gypsy, and ragtime – with these “outstanding” (New York Times) musicians!
Leonard Bernstein – Sonata for clarinet and piano (1941-42)
Johannes Brahms – Sonata for violin and piano, Op. 78 (1878-79)
Béla Bartók – Contrasts (1938)
John Novacek – Four Rags for Two Jons (2006)
Tickets: Advance tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com. Admission also at the door: $30 adult, $20 senior/student, cash or check only. Doors open at 7:15 pm.
Stephanie Chase is recognized as “one of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse Newspapers) through appearances with eminent orchestras that have included the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Hanover Band, and London Symphony. Her performances are acclaimed for their “elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination” (Boston Globe) as well as “stunning power” (Louisville Courier-Journal) and “matchless technique” (BBC Music Magazine).
American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. A native of California, Mr. Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. Mr. Nakamatsu has performed widely in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East, collaborating with such conductors as James Conlon, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Osmo Vänskä and Hans Vonk. He also performed at a White House concert hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton.
Clarinetist Jon Manasse is internationally acclaimed for his inspiring artistry, uniquely glorious sound and charismatic performing style. His solo appearances include performances at the major venues of New York City and fourteen tours of Japan and Southeast Asia with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, concerts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Osaka, and acclaimed concerto performances with Gerard Schwarz and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in New York and Tokyo.
Pre-concert talk at 7:30, included in concert admission: “Music and Early Childhood” by Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma.
Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma is a Developmental Pediatrician and a musician. A graduate of Radcliffe College and Harvard Medical School, she works with children with developmental disorders in the Bronx and Queens. A former child prodigy who at age five became a pupil of violinist Arthur Grumiaux, she is the Executive Director of The Children’s Orchestra Society – which was founded by her father – and performs as a chamber musician in addition to teaching violin, viola, and chamber music for COS. Informally known as the “Music Doctor,” Dr. Ma’s recent interests include optimizing communication in all children, exploring the relationship of music to young children’s temperament, and using music as a means to find the “inner language” of children who have difficulties in verbal communication.
Inspired by the Neo-Platonic academies of 16th and 17th-century Italy, which combined discourse with musical presentations, the Music of the Spheres Society was founded in 2001 by its artistic director, Stephanie Chase, and Ann Ellsworth. Its mission is to promote classical music through innovative chamber music concerts and pre-concert lectures which illuminate music’s historical, philosophical and scientific foundations, in order to give greater context for music to the average audience member.
For more information, visit the Music of the Spheres Society website or call (212) 877-4402.
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Piercy playing the Hichiriki at Brooklyn Bridge. Photo by: Masatora Goya
Bargemusic – Here and Now Series presents “Tokyo to New York.”
The “Tokyo to New York” concert on Bargemusic’s Here and Now Series will feature premiers composed or arranged for critically acclaimed clarinetist and hichiriki player Thomas Piercy by Tokyo- and NYC-based composers. Mr. Piercy will be joined in the concert by one of Japan’s leading classical and contemporary pianists, Noritaka Ito.
The music – in a wide variety of styles – includes premiers by Ned Rorem (Pulitzer- and Grammy-Award), Fernando Otero (Latin-Grammy Award); Toshio Hosokawa (Suntory Music Award), Yuichi Matsumoto (Takemitsu Award), Masatora Goya (Jerome Fund Award), and Senri Oe (major Japanese pop-star, now NYC-based jazz composer). Other premiers on the program are by Japanese composers Tomo Hirayama, Kaito Nakahori, Atsushi Yoshinaka; and premiers by NYC-based composers Trevor Bachman, Peri Mauer, Gene Pritsker, and David Wolfson. Many of the composers will be in attendance; pianist Ito and several of the composers will travel from Japan for the concert.
Bargemusic – Here and Now Series
Tokyo to New York – 東京 と ニューヨーク
THOMAS PIERCY, Clarinet & Hichiriki
NORITAKA ITO, Piano
Premiers by: Bachman, Goya, Hirayama, Hosokawa, Matsumoto, Mauer, Nakahori,
Oe, Otero, Pritsker, Rorem, Wolfson, and Yoshinaka.
September 19, 2014 • Friday, 8 pm
$35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)
BARGEMUSIC – NYC’s floating concert hall under the Brooklyn Bridge
1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
“Piercy’s Richly Diverse Program of Japanese and American Music”
“…a fascinatingly eclectic, virtuosic program of new chamber works which contrast Japanese composers’ views of New York with their New York counterparts’ views of Japan. Although most of the works are relatively short,…the ensemble tackled the music’s wide range of demands with verve, insight and sensitivity.” Lucid Culture Magazine
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Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: Bartok, Brian Connelly, chamber music, clarinet, Ives, Jon Manasse, Music of the Spheres Society, New York, piano, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Stephanie Chase, violin
Now in its 13th concert season, on its April 24th program the Music of the Spheres Society will feature music by several iconoclasts of the early 20th century: Sergei Prokofiev, Bela Bartok, Charles Ives and Camille Saint-Saens – and if you are wondering why we are including Saint-Saens, it is because he was among the first composers to write music for film, in his case “The Assassination of the Duke of Guise” in 1908. He is also close to our hearts because of his interest and expertise in geology, archaeology, botany, lepidoptery, mathematics, acoustics, occult sciences, Roman theatre decoration, and ancient instruments. Last but not least, as a member of the Astronomical Society of France; Saint-Saens lectured on mirages, designed a telescope and planned concerts to correspond with astronomical events such as solar eclipses!
The concert features the Sonata for violin solo, op. 115 (1947) by Sergei Prokofiev; the Sonata no. 1 for violin and piano (1923) by Bela Bartok; the Largo for clarinet, violin and piano (1901, rev. 1934) by Charles Ives; and the Sonata for clarinet and piano (1921) by Camille Saint-Saens.
Violinist and Artistic Director Stephanie Chase will be joined by pianist Brian Connelly and clarinetist Jon Manasse. The concert will start at approximately 8:15 pm at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, located at 120 West 69th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are available at the door at $30, $20 student/senior, cash or check only. Doors open at 7:15 pm. Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.
At 7:30 pm, Joseph Sherman will give what promises to be a fascinating talk on “Music Education in New York City Public Schools – 1950 to Now,” which is included in concert admission. Mr. Sherman is the founding principal of the High School for Violin and Dance in the Bronx and an avid saxophonist and violinist. For more information, please visit www.musicofthespheres.org or call (646) 678-0391.
“All the basic virtuoso qualities — intonation, rhythmic accuracy, flawless phrasing, and the like — are to be heard in Jon Manasse’s playing, yet what sets him apart is his exceptionally beautiful sound. Hearing his warmth of tone in all registers is like listening to a top-class vocalist or violist. It’s radiantly gripping.” – San Francisco Classical Voice “ “(Stephanie Chase is) a supreme musical performer whose complete virtuosity enables her to ennoble everything she plays.” – Byron Belt, Newhouse Newspapers
“Brian Connelly is…a technically masterful and naturally gifted musician (whose) playing contained many moments of beauty and refinement.” – Peninsula Reviews
STEPHANIE CHASE is acclaimed as “one of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse News) and excels in the virtuoso soloist’s repertoire, period instrument practice, contemporary music, chamber music, and music education. As violin soloist she has appeared with the world’s most illustrious orchestras, among them the Chicago Symphony, London Symphony and New York Philharmonic, and her playing is widely acclaimed for its “elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination” (Boston Globe). Her recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Romances, the first ever on period instruments, has been declared “one of the twenty most outstanding performances in the work’s recording history” (Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Cambridge University Press) and honored with the highest possible ratings by BBC Music Magazine and Classic CD. Among Ms. Chase’s many awards are a top medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition and the Avery Fisher Career Grant. She co-founded the Music of the Spheres Society in 2001.
Among the most distinguished classical artists of his generation, clarinetist JON MANASSE is internationally recognized for his inspiring artistry, uniquely glorious sound and charismatic performing style. His solo appearances include New York City performances at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts´ Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Hunter College´s Sylvia & Danny Kaye Playhouse, Columbia University, Rockefeller University and The Town Hall, fourteen tours of Japan and Southeast Asia – all with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, debuts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Osaka and acclaimed concerto performances with Gerard Schwarz and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, both at Lincoln Center´s Avery Fisher Hall and at the prestigious Tokyu Bunkamura Festival in Tokyo. Among the orchestras with which he has appeared as soloist are the Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields, the Augsburg, Alabama, Dayton, Evansville, Indianapolis Symphonies, the National Philharmonic, and Canada´s Symphony Nova Scotia.
Jon Manasse appears frequently in highly praised duo concerts with pianist Jon Nakamatsu, and together they have released several recordings. Their acclaimed recording for Harmonia Mundi of the Brahms quintets for clarinet and piano, in collaboration with the Tokyo String Quartet, was released in 2012.
Pianist BRIAN CONNELLY’s performances span an unusually broad range of historical and modern repertoires. Born in Detroit, he attended the University of Michigan, where he studied with pianists Gyorgy Sandor and Theodore Lettvin. Mr. Connelly has premiered works by a host of contemporary composers such as William Albright, Karim Al-Zand, Derek Bermel, William Bolcom, Paul Cooper, David Diamond, Ross Lee Finney, and many others. He is a frequent guest with new-music groups such as the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and the Chicago Contemporary Players, and he was recently featured in the Carnegie Hall series Making Music in a tribute to composer William Bolcom.
Known for his affinity for the works of Olivier Messiaen, Connelly’s recent performances include Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus and Catalogue d’Oiseaux for piano, the complete songs cycles with soprano Carmen Pelton and mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, all of the chamber music, the Oiseaux exotiques with chamber orchestra, and the Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine with conductor Donald Runnicles at the Grand Teton Music Festival. Mr. Connelly is also widely respected as a scholar and performer of historical instruments, appearing in the U.S. and Europe on 18th- and 19th-century pianos by Walther, Rosenberger, Graf, Pleyel, Bösendorfer, and Streicher. He has for 13 years been a member of the renowned ensemble Context; and his recent recordings with that group—of music by Robert Schumann and Prince Louis Ferdinand—have received exuberant praise.
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On Sunday, March 9 at 3 pm, Mexican born pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas will host a CD Release Party for his first solo album “Among Songs and Dances” in the Benay Benuta Hall at Lighthouse Guild, 111 East 59th Street, New York (Directions and Map). “Among Songs and Dances” includes music from Bach to Zyman creating a beautiful journey through original and arranged songs and dances for the piano. Works include those by Samuel Zyman, Manuel M. Ponce, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, Franz Schubert, Johann S. Bach, José Pablo Moncayo and Ricardo Castro.
The event features a performance by Mr. Horcasitas followed by a conversation with producer Juan Pablo Mantilla, composer Samuel Zyman of The Juilliard School, and Caterina Toscano of the Mexican Cultural Institute. Wine and hors d’oeuvres as well as a CD signing conclude the party.
This CD project is Mr. Horcasitas’s first studio recording. Having performed in many places around the world for the last 15 years, Mr. Horcasitas felt inspired to create a professional CD with some of his favorite pieces in his repertoire.
The eight pieces Mr. Horcasitas selected for recording all relate in some way to “song” or “dance”- hence, the title of the CD. From Busoni’s transcription of Bach’s Chacone in D minor for solo violin to Heitor Villa-lobos “Festa no sertao” from his Ciclo Brasileiro, featuring the batuca rhythm, this album will portray the way composers from different countries have interpreted these two styles.
In addition to producer Juan Pablo Mantilla, Mr. Horcasitas also collaborated with noted audio engineer Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio. The recording itself was made possible by the support of 83 backers of a Kickstarter campaign.
A portion of the CD sales will benefit Lighthouse International, a beacon of hope for the visually challenged, and where Mr. Horcasitas is a faculty member at the Lighthouse’s Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School (the only community music school in the country for those visually impaired). Mr. Horcasitas recently served as the pianist for the School’s acclaimed production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde (see the New York Times review). A resident of New York, Mr. Horcasitas received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Nina Svetlanova. He has an active career as a soloist as well as a collaborative pianist.
The March 9th CD Release event is made possible with the support of Lighthouse Guild and the Mexican Consulate General in New York.
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On Sunday, March 16 at 2 pm, pianist Inna Faliks (www.innafaliks.com) will perform her eclectic program Dances and Passions at New York City’s Spectrum, 121 Ludlow (Floor 2, ring bell for 2), New York. In addition to Beethoven’s well-regarded Piano Sonata No. 23 (Appassionata), Faliks will also play the composer’s Polonaise, Op. 89 and Schumann’s Davidsbündler, Op. 6. Works by Shchedrin and New York City’s Ljova (Lev Zhurbin) complete the program. This will be Faliks’ first appearance at Spectrum.
Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 students and seniors. More information is available at http://spectrumnyc.com/blog/.
A resident of Los Angeles and past New Yorker, Faliks now serves as a tenured professor of piano at UCLA’s Herb Albert School of Music. She is also the founder of New York’s Music/Words.
Beethoven, Polonaise, Op. 89/Sonata, Op. 57 (Appassionata)
Shchedrin, Basso Ostinato
Ljova, Sirota (with historical recording)
Schumann, Davidsbündler, Op. 6
Called “adventurous” and “passionate” by The New Yorker, Ukrainian-born Inna Faliks (www.innafaliks.com) has established herself as one of the most passionately committed, exciting and poetic artists of her generation. Since her acclaimed teenage debuts at the Gilmore Festival and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has performed on many of the world’s great stages, with numerous orchestras, in solo appearances, and with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart.
She recently appeared alongside British actress Lesley Nicol (“Mrs. Patmore” from Downton Abbey) in Nigel Hess’s production of Admission: One Shilling, a staged tribute to the legendary Dame Myra Hess. Her critically acclaimed CD on MSR Classics, Sound of Verse, was released in 2009, featuring music of Boris Pasternak, Rachmaninoff and Ravel. Her discography also includes a recital recording for the Yamaha Disklavier library, and her new Beethoven recording will be out this year. Faliks recently joined the illustrious faculty of UCLA,
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Jacaranda’s 10th anniversary season continues on Saturday, February 22, 2014 with a dinner break — a break that separates the performances of two 20-movement mid-twentieth-century masterworks by John Cage and Olivier Messiaen. Each cycle is played by an American pianist with whom the music has become synonymous: Adam Tendler and Christopher Taylor, respectively. The consecutive concerts (Tendler at 5:00 p.m. and Taylor at 7:30 p.m.) will take place at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
Jacaranda’s first decade gave extensive attention to the centenaries of Messiaen (1908-92) and Cage (1912-89). As a nod to that legacy, artistic director Patrick Scott chose for the 10th anniversary two works for solo piano that link the composers after World War II: Cage’s “Sonatas & Interludes” (1946-48) for prepared piano, and Messiaen’s “Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus” (1944). Both works were influenced in very different ways by the philosophy and music of India. Cage performed his cycle for Messiaen in Paris in 1949, and Messiaen reciprocated with a performance of his cycle by Yvonne Loriod, the work’s extravagantly talented dedicatee, who would eventually become Messiaen’s wife.
Tendler, described as “an exuberantly expressive pianist” who “vividly displayed his enthusiasm for every phrase” by Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed, will perform the 60-minute Cage work at 5 p.m. without pause and from memory. Recognized by the American Pianists Association, Tendler has performed modern American piano music in all of the United States.
After a dinner break, Taylor, bronze medalist at the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and called “one of the most impressive young pianists on the horizon today” by the Washington Post, will perform the two-hour Messiaen work from memory at 7:30 p.m. with an intermission. Taylor’s “…blazing performance of Messiaen’s [”Twenty Ways of Looking at the Infant Jesus”]… is likely to stand as a point of reference for many seasons to come,” wrote the Boston Globe.
The massive piano masterpiece has additional significance for Jacaranda. Messiaen’s work was the centerpiece of a one-off, three-concert celebration organized in 2002 by series founders Scott and Mark Alan Hilt to observe the 10th anniversary of the composer’s death. The mini-festival’s location was First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, where Hilt would soon be appointed Music Director. The enterprise grabbed the attention of the Los Angeles Times’ Swed, who noted that, while there had been an abundance of Messiaen tributes in the world’s major cities, only the enterprising duo ventured a Southern California tribute. Nine months later, Jacaranda was born.
General admission tickets for either of the February 22 Cage/Tendler or Messiaen/Taylor concerts alone are $35; $20 for students. Admission to both concerts is $60; $30 for students. For tickets and a restaurant guide, as well as special Jacaranda food and beverage discounts, go to jacarandamusic.org. Tickets are sold online or at the door. Information: (213) 483-0216.
March 8, 2014: “Continental Harmony” at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall:
Jacaranda’s next concert, on March 8, will be held at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, which is waiving admission to honor Jacaranda’s 10th anniversary. This “Continental Harmony” concert will be entirely devoted to the 20th-century American string quartet repertoire, to be played by the Lyris Quartet. Lyris will open with Quartet No. 2 by Charles Ives followed by a Jacaranda signature work, Quartet No. 4, “Amazing Grace,” by Ben Johnston. Quartet No. 5 by Philip Glass, a Lyris specialty, will be followed with Quartet No. 3 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
The UCLA Music Library will host this free concert, underwritten by the UCLA Music Library’s Hugo Davise Fund for Contemporary Music, at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, 445 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90024.
About Jacaranda: Jacaranda, with the motto of “music at the edge,” is a series of intimate concert adventures into the realm of new and rarely heard classical music designed to awaken curiosity, passion and discovery in diverse audiences. Founded in 2003 by arts impresario Patrick Scott and conductor/organist Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda produces a series (eight concerts this season) that features current and rising stars in the world of classical music performance. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Jacaranda’s full 2013-14 season information is available at jacarandamusic.org. Most concerts are at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. For information or to purchase tickets go to jacarandamusic.org.
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Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, Steve Reich, Uncategorized, tags: Armenia, Beethoven, Brahms, C.P.E. Bach, classical music, Corigliano, dreams, Free, imagination, Liszt, new york city, Performing Arts Library, piano
The New Public York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center is pleased to present American-Armenian award winning pianist Sofya Melikyan in a solo concert titled “Fantasies” on Saturday, January 25th at 2:30 pm at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York (map and directions). The concert, which represents the American debut of Ms. Melikyan’s Fantasies program, is free and open to the public.
Featuring some of the most inspired pages of the Fantasy and reflecting the different esthetics of this genre starting with the 18th century and through the present day, the concert program includes works by C.P.E. Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Corigliano, and Liszt. The term “Fantasy” was first used in the 16th century to describe an instrumental piece that was improvisatory and spontaneous in character, free of any formal rules or restrictions. This musical journey invites listeners to dive into a universe full of colors and mystery, and in turn, to explore the fascinating world of dreams and the imagination.
Pianist Sofya Melikyan
…”The Armenian pianist Sofya Melikyan literally abducted her audience into the land of fantasy… She offered a fascinating panorama of different approaches – baroque, classic, romantic – to the genre of the fantasy, which in its quality and in the pervasion of the compositions would have been worthy of her home town New York”… Frederik Wittenberg in Westfälische Nachrichten (Germany)
Ms. Melikyan possesses this transcendental force to take the listener to her world of deep poetic intuition and her homeland is the source of the wideness and the depth of her artistic work: she grew up in Armenia, a country characterized by a strong relationship to nature, to the mystical, surrounded by mountains, which lead for centuries the way to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Now a resident of Brooklyn, New York, Ms. Melikyan completed her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid with Joaquin Soriano, École Normale de Musique de Paris with Ramzi Yassa and the Manhattan School of Music in New York where she was a scholarship student of Solomon Mikowsky. Other pianists who have mentored her are Brigitte Engerer, Galina Eguiazarova and Elena Tatulyan. Ms. Melikyan has toured throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States. More information is available here.
The full concert program follows:
Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach (1714-1788)
Fantasy in f sharp minor H300
Johannes Brahms (1836-1897)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Fantasy in g minor Op. 77
John Corigliano (1938- )
For the left hand
Fifths to thirds
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata S 161,
de Anées de Pèlegrinage.
Deuxième année: Italia
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