Cellist Gabriel Cabezas at Lake George Music Festival

July 14th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
August 22, 2013
7:30 pm

gabrielOn Thursday, August 22, cellist Gabriel Cabezas will appear at the Lake George Music Festival with the Festival Symphony Orchestra, under conductor Roger Kalia. Cabezas will be the featured soloist on Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, a  piece noted for its call-and-response duet between cello and celesta, leading into a lengthy cello cadenza that is considered to be a complete movement on its own. The program also includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

The concert will take place at 7:30 on August 22, at the Shepard Park Amphitheater, on Canada Street between Amherst and Montcalm, Lake George, New York. For more information, please visit lakegeorgemusicfestival.com.


BeethovenSymphony No. 5
Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No. 1

Cellist Gabriel Cabezas has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, the National Symphony of Costa Rica, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the New World Symphony, and the Nashville Symphony, among others. Cabezas has been portrayed as “…an intense player who connects to the music naturally, without artifice, and brings a singing line to the cello” (David Stabler, The Oregonian) and his debut performance with the Cleveland Orchestra described as a “…remarkably poised and elegant account, with superb attention to phrasing, nuance and tonal coloration” (Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer).

A passion for chamber music and collaboration has taken him to Marlboro Music, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Bargemusic, and Chicago’s Symphony Center Presents series. His television appearances include performances with Yo-Yo Ma at “The Tavis Smiley Show” and “Good Morning America”, and with Béla Fleck in “From The Top – Carnegie Hall.”

2013-14 season highlights include a subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as a return to Chicago’s International Beethoven Festival and the annual Sphinx Virtuosi national tour. Cabezas’ 2012-13 engagements included concerts with the Detroit Symphony, the Nashville Symphony and the National Symphony of Costa Rica, as well as appearances with Musicians from Marlboro, at the International Beethoven Festival, and ChamberFest Cleveland.

Formerly a recipient of an Education Grant by the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, Cabezas has supported music outreach and education programs including Midori’s Partners in Performance, the Sphinx Organization, Costa Rica’s national SINEM music education program, and Chicago’s Citizen Musician movement. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Carter Brey. As a writer, Cabezas has been featured in Teen Strings Magazine and has been a contributing writer for Strings Magazine.


Percussionist Lisa Pegher Performs at Inaugural Emerging Artists Series

July 11th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
July 18, 2013
7:30 pm

Lisa Pegher PercussionistOn Thursday, July 18, the Monadnock Music Festival will present the first-ever concert in its Emerging Artist Series, featuring solo percussionist Lisa Pegher. Works will include Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello (transcribed for marimba and vibraphone), Derek Bermel’s Figure and Ground (which was written for Pegher)and three original compositions by the percussionist herself.  It will take place at the Harrisville Community Church, 13 Canal St., Harrisville, NH. The concert is free, and no tickets or reservations required. Voluntary donations to support the Monadnock Music Village Concerts will be accepted at the performance. For more information, please visit www.monadnockmusic.org.


J. S. Bach, Prelude in g minor
Derek Bermel, Figure and Ground
Joe Sheehan, Vibraphone Loops
Claude Debussy, Dr. Gradus ad Parnussum from Children’s Corner
Lisa Pegher, Liquefaction
Paul Lansky, Selections from Idle Fancies
Victor Feldman, Haunted Ballroom
Lisa Pegher, Harmonic Filter
Leigh Howard Stevens, Rhythmic Caprice
Lisa Pegher, No Reply

Lisa Pegher is an American drummer and  percussion soloist currently living in New York City. She has been described by theBoston Globe as “forcefully balletic” and by critic Marty Lash of the Door County Advocateas “a gifted passionate artist, with a rock-star aura.” She has been featured in Symphony Magazine as one of the top six performers of her generation and continues to carve a new path for percussion as a solo instrument.

As a soloist Lisa has performed with many fine orchestras across the globe including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, NEPA Philharmonic, Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, FM Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, York Orchestra and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Orchestra, Lima Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Orchestra, and Peninsula Festival Orchestra among others. She has also worked with many inspiring conductors such as Grant Cooper, Thomas Hong, Manfred Honeck, Maximo Valdez, Daniel Meyer, Timothy Muffitt, Victor Yampolsky, Lawrence Loh, Sydney Harth, Lucas Richman, Kevin Noe, Crafton Beck, Tomasz Golka, Emily Ray, Robin Fountain, Brett Mitchell, Bernard Rubenstein, Robert Hart Baker, and Gil Rose. In August 2011 Lisa performed with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra in Santa Cruz, California celebrating Marin Alsop’s twenty year anniversary season.

In Shanghai, Jenny Chai Explores the “Wildest” Music in the Repertoire

July 7th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
September 13, 2013
7:30 pm

jc2-200x300On September 13, at the Shanghai Concert Hall (home of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra), pianist Jenny Q Chai will perform a solo recital and lecture entitled “Infinity of Piano Music.” Compiling some of “the wildest piano music in history,” and pairing them with selections from the standard repertoire, Chai’s program will boil tradition in a pressure cooker and catch the spillover with a baseball mitt.

Standard repertoire pieces will include Debussy’s Preludes, Ravel’s Une Barque Sur L’océan from Miroirs, and a selection of Scarlatti sonatas. Non-traditional pieces include Kurtag’s Quiet talk with the Devil, Marcos Stroppa’s Ninnanannaand a complete staging of John Cage’s rarely performed Water Walk.

The concert/lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. Complete program information is below.



Prelude: Le vent dans la plaine
Prelude: Ondine
Prelusde: La cathédrale engloutie

Quiet talk with the Devil
Les adieux
Hommage à Scarlatti


The Italian Ground (1613)

Marco Stroppa
Ninnananna from Miniature Estrose

Henry Cowell
Aelolian Harp
Three Irish Legends

Annie Gosfiel
“Brooklyn, October 5, 1941″ For piano. baseballs and baseball mit

Une Barque Sur L’océan from Miroirs

John Cage
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs/Nowth Upon Nacht

Pianist Inesa Sinkevych in NYC and Vermont

July 7th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
July 13, 2013
3:00 pm
July 18, 2013
3:00 pm
July 29, 2013
7:30 pm

InesaMEDIUMJuly is a busy month for pianist Inesa Sinkevych. She will appear on Saturday, July 13 in a Music for Autism concert at the 92nd Street Y (New York, NY) together with trumpeter Ryan Gardner. On Thursday, July 18 she will teach a Summer Camp Master class at Manhattan School of Music (New York, NY). And on Monday, July 29-30 she will play a solo recital and offer a master class at “Lyra Music” Summer Workshop (Randolph, VT). She will perform music by Scarlatti, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Brahms, Lieberman, Debussy, and Prokofiev. Also, Vermont public radio, WCVT, 101.7 FM, will feature an interview with Sinkevych and will play her Schubert recordings, plus Haydn, Prokofiev, and Ichiyanagi works. Inesa Sinkevych is a Ukrainian-born Israeli concert pianist, currently living in New York. Her recent CD Schubert Piano Works was released in 2012.


Music for Autism Concert
Saturday, July 13 at 3:00 pm
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave New York, NY
(212) 415-5500

Master Class at Manhattan School of Music
Thursday, July 18, time TBA
132 Claremont Ave New York, NY
(212) 749-2802

Master Class and Solo Reciatal at “Lyra” Music Summer Workshop
Monday, July 29 at 7:30 pm
71-73 Main Street
Randolph, VT

Inesa Sinkevych is a Ukrainian born Israeli concert pianist, currently living in New York. Her recent CD, Schubert Piano Works was released in 2012. She has performed as a soloist with the Israeli Philharmonic, Minnesota Symphony, Gulbenkian Symphony, Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as solo recitals in such venues as the Purcell Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, and Merkin Hall in New York. She was awarded top and special prizes at the Arthur Rubinstein International Master Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, Piano-e-Competition in Minneapolis, Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition in Portugal, among others. She received her DMA from the Manhattan School of Music.



PIanist Inna Faliks Makes Newport Music Festival Debut

June 27th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
July 17, 2013
11:00 am
July 18, 2013
8:00 pm

inna09_1MP_highPianist Inna Faliks 
will make her Newport Music Festival debut on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at the Breakers mansion, 8 p.m. Presenting works by Shchedrin, Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Schumann, Faliks will be one of 88 artists performing from July 10-28 in the Gilded Age “summer cottages” of Newport, Rhode Island.

Faliks will play a second concert at the festival, performing the “Heavenly Music of Franz Schubert,” which features an international quintet of performers from Germany, Russia, Canada, and the United States. Faliks, a Ukranian-American, will be joined by a cellist from Russia and an American violinist to provide Schubert’s Piano Trio in B-flat Major.  The concert begins at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 18.

The Breakers mansion (location of her solo recital on 7/17) is at 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI. Tickets are $42. The Casino Theatre (location of the Schubert quintet on 7/18) is at 9 Freebody Street, Newport, RI. Tickets are $32 for orchestra seating, $27 balcony seating.

For tickets, please call 401-849-0700 or visit newportmusic.secure.force.com/ticket. For further information on these concerts, please call 401-846-1133 or write to staff@newportmusic.org.


Shchedrin Prelude for Piano
Beethoven Polonaise in C Major and Piano Sonata No. 23, “Appasionata”
Schoenberg Three Piano Pieces
Schumann Davidsbündlerstänze



Schubert Trio in B-flat Major
performed by Inna Faliks (piano), Corinne Chapelle (violin), and Sergey Antonov (cello)