Music/Words at Le Poisson Rouge

August 12th, 2012 by Peter McDowell No comments »
September 23, 2012
7:30 pm

Pianist Inna Faliks

Pianist Inna Faliks and special guests are featured at the Music/Words 5th Season opening on September 23rd, at 7:30pm (doors at 6:30pm) at Le Poisson Rouge (tickets here), 158 Bleeker Street in New York City. This performance at LPR includes the world premiere of the powerful song cycle for baritone and piano by John Eaton, “Songs of Nature and Beyond”, with the wonderful baritone David Adam Moore. Faliks will play Beethoven’s Sonata in c minor, and also Fantasia on an Ostinato by John Corigliano. This poetic shimmering piece uses Beethoven’s Ostinato from the 7th Symphony, and explores its rhythmic and harmonic elements in a hypnotic, colorful fantasy. It serves as the link between Eaton and Beethoven sound worlds. Called “adventurous” and “passionate” by The New Yorker, Ukrainian-born, New York City based pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most passionately committed, exciting and poetic artists of her generation.

Baritone David Adam Moore

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer lauds baritone David Adam Moore for his “enviable swagger coupled with a subtle musicality and big, handsome voice.” In the 2012-13 season, he sings Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire with Virginia Opera in addition to joining the Lyric Opera of Chicago for a performance of the same role. He returns to the roles of Prior Walter in Eötvös’ Angels in America in his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Arizona Opera.

 

Poet Sandra Beasley

The Barnard Women Poets Prize winning poet Sandra Beasley‘s poetry will be read by the author in between the pieces. The Eaton song cycle is set to the poetry by Auden, Blackmur, Wallace Stevens, and W.B Yeats, and Sandra’s lucid and fresh voice completes the link between then and now.

The following Music/Words performance is sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, and takes place at Curtiss Hall, 410 South Michigan Ave. in Chicago, on October 22nd.  It includes readings by poets Vera Pavlova and Verzhyna Mort.

Edward Auer and the Shanghai Quartet – Fryderyk Chopin: The Two Piano Concertos

July 27th, 2012 by Peter McDowell No comments »

Culture/Demain Recordings announces its newest release: Fryderyk Chopin: The Two Piano Concertos, featuring Edward Auer, Piano, and the Shanghai Quartet with Peter Lloyd, Bass. The CD, which features Chopin’s Concerto in F minor, op. 21 (world premiere recording of Auer’s own arrangement) and Concerto in E minor, op. 11, was recorded in 2010 in honor of the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth and is now being commercially released in June, 2012. The recording is now available for purchase at www.edwardauer.com and www.cdbaby.com.

According to pianist Edward Auer: “the original string parts for Chopin’s works for piano and orchestra were printed with alternate versions that could be used for performances with a variety of chamber ensembles, including string groups without winds or brass. We based our performances and the recording on Chopin’s alternate orchestral parts for the E minor concerto, and I arranged the F minor in similar fashion.”

Auer continues, “Chopin wrote these two magnificent concertos when he was only 19 and 20 years old—they are surely among the most youthful compositions to find a place in the permanent concert repertoire. His use of Polish dance genres (Krakowiak and Mazurka) in the final movements and the recitativo section in the middle movement of the F minor concerto are especially noteworthy.”

Edward Auer has long been recognized as a leading interpreter of the works of Chopin. As the first American to win a prize in the prestigious International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, he has returned to Poland for well over 20 concert tours, playing in every major Polish city and with every major orchestra. Auer has played solo recitals and concertos in over 30 countries on five continents, collaborating with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Herbert Blomstedt, Sergiu Comissiona and Riccardo Chailly. Auer grew up in Los Angeles, where he studied piano with Aube Tzerko, a protégé of Artur Schnabel, and composition with Leonard Stein, a Schoenberg student. A precocious chamber musician and the son of an accomplished amateur violist, he was playing the Mozart piano quartets and the Schumann quintet with his father and his friends at the age of eight. When he was thirteen, the Budapest Quartet heard his trio’s performance of Beethoven and Mendelssohn; Auer later became a frequent participant in chamber music festivals including those in Santa Fe, Seattle, Sitka, Kuhmo (Finland), among many others. Auer’s studies continued at the Juilliard School of Music with Rosina Lhevinne. While in Juilliard he made his New York debut under the auspices of Young Concert Artists. Studies continued on a Fulbright Grant in Paris with Julius Katchen. Auer was a prizewinner in the 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (for which he was invited to the White House), the Beethoven Competition in Vienna and the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels, and took First Prize in the Concours Marguerite Long in Paris. Now, years later, these and other contests regularly invite him to be on their juries. Auer has made a number of acclaimed recordings, many of them of the works of Chopin. He is currently continuing his Chopin series, of which this is the third volume. Edward Auer is on the Piano faculty at Indiana University Bloomington.

Other recordings by Edward Auer on the Culture/Demain label celebrating the Chopin bicentennial, include Nocturnes volume I, and Nocturnes volume II & the four Scherzi.

Renowned for its passionate musicality, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the Shanghai Quartet has worked with the world’s most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia. The Quartet, now featuring Weigang Li and Yi-Wen Jiang, violins, Honggang Li, viola, and Nicholas Tzavaras, cello, has appeared at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium in chamber performances and with orchestra. They have been regular performers at many of the leading chamber music festivals in North America including Santa Fe and Ottawa. Penderecki’s String Quartet no. 3 was premiered at a special concert in Poland honoring the composer’s 75th birthday, followed by numerous subsequent performances worldwide. They will play it again in Poland for the composer’s 80th birthday celebration in November 2013. The Quartet has a discography of more than 30 recordings. Delos released the Quartet’s most popular disc, Chinasong, in 2003: a collection of Chinese folk songs arranged by Yi-Wen Jiang reflecting his childhood memories of the Cultural Revolution in China. They recorded the complete Beethoven String Quartets for Camerata, a seven-disc project that was completed in 2009. The Shanghai Quartet currently serves as Quartet-in-Residence at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Ensemble-in-Residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and visiting guest professors of the Shanghai Conservatory and the Central Conservatory in Beijing. www.shanghaiquartet.com

 

Percussionist Lisa Pegher to be represented on roster of Columbia Artists Management, Inc.

July 11th, 2012 by Peter McDowell No comments »

Dynamic and graceful solo percussionist Lisa Pegher (www.lisapegher.com), called “the future of percussion” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has now joined the roster of Columbia Artists Management, Inc. (CAMI) and will be represented by CAMI Vice President Mark S. Maluso. Booking Inquiries can be made by contacting 212.841.9702 or Maluso@cami.com.

“I’m always looking for new artistic ways to present percussion to a broader audience,” says Lisa Pegher, “and I’m excited to deepen and broaden my reach in performing as a percussion soloist with orchestras nationally and internationally as well as performing my solo multimedia percussion concerts. I am thrilled about my upcoming association with CAMI.”

Lisa Pegher has been described by the Boston Globe as “forcefully balletic” and by critic Marty Lash of the Door County Advocate as “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 orchestras across the globe including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Orchestra, and Peninsula Festival Orchestra among others. 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. She has also recently performed with the Grand Junction Orchestra in Colorado playing Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Percussion and is also performing concerti by Joseph Schwanter, James MacMillan, Kevin Puts and Christopher Rouse. Lisa gave the Wisconsin premiere of Tobias Broström’s Arena Percussion Concerto with the Peninsula Festival Orchestra and recently premiered and recorded Mathew Rosenblum’s Double Concerto for Saxophone and Percussion with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose and Kenneth Koon. As an advocate of new music, she also recently premiered a new marimba solo by composer Derek Bermel at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey and is currently commissioning a new work from composer Richard Danielpour.

Columbia Artists Management Inc. is an international leader in managing the careers and touring activities of the world’s most prominent performing artists and institutions. Led by Chairman and CEO Ronald A. Wilford and the managing partners of CAMI’s subsidiaries, the company has been on the forefront of performing arts management and production throughout the world for eight decades.

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Pianist Inna Faliks at IKIF

July 9th, 2012 by Peter McDowell No comments »
July 18, 2012
6:00 pm

Pianist Inna Faliks will be featured in a concert at Mannes College, 150 West 85 St. in New York City as part of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival’s Prestige Series on Wednesday, July 18th at 6pm. Tickets are $20. Program is as follows:

  • Beethoven: Fantasie in G minor, Op. 77
  • Beethoven: 15 Variations and Fugue, Op. 35 “Eroica”
  • Shchedrin: Basso Ostinato
  • L. Zhurbin: Sirota, for piano and historical recording (2011)
  • Chopin: Polonaise – Fantaisie in A Flat Major, Op. 61
  • Liszt: “Harmonies du Soir”, Transcendental Etude No. 11, S. 139
  • Chopin-Liszt: Maiden’s Wish (S.480/1)
  • Paganini-Liszt: Etude No. 3 “La Campanella” from Grand Paganini Etudes, (S.141)

Visit www.ikif.org or see below for more information.

Called “adventurous” and “passionate” by The New Yorker, Ukrainian-born, New York City based pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most passionately committed, exciting and poetic artists of her generation. After her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 15, acclaimed by the Chicago Tribune, 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. Critics praise her “courage to take risks, expressive intensity and technical perfection” (General Anzeiger, Bonn), “Infusing every note with brilliance and personality,” (Hilton Head Competition Review), “poetry and panoramic vision” (Washington Post), “riveting passion, playfulness” (Baltimore Sun) and her “virtuosity, humor, lyricism and a way to make every note an important part of the texture of the music.”(Free Times, South Carolina). 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.

Jenny Q Chai at Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess

June 17th, 2012 by Peter McDowell No comments »
August 8, 2012
12:15 pm

Having recently played her critically acclaimed New York Carnegie Hall debut, pianist Jenny Q Chai has been selected to appear on Chicago’s esteemed Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, held at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, August 8 at 12:15pm. Ms. Chai will perform Gyorgy Kurtág’s Les adieux, as well as Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana. The Chicago Cultural Center is located at 78 E. Washington. For more information, visit www.chicagoculturalcenter.org.

On the occasion of her Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall earlier this year, Ms. Chai was praised by the New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini for her “resourceful technique and sensitivity” as well as playing “admirable for its refinement and directness.” Chai is an active pianist specializing in contemporary music, and has played at New York venues such as Roulette, Symphony Space, and the Stone. Recipient of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project, first prize winner of the Keys to the Future Contemporary Solo Piano Festival, and recipient of the DAAD Arts and Performance award in 2010, Chai has premiered works by Nils Vigeland, John Slover, Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, and Scott Wollschleger. Chai has also premiered “Marriage (Mile 58) Section F” from The Road by Frederick Rzewski in Ghent, Belgium, where she was given the Logos Award for the best performance of 2008. Recently, Chai had the privilege of introducing the concept of prepared piano to a Chinese audience, with the world premiere of Mallet Dance by John Slover, in Shanghai Concert Hall. Chai has studied at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, at Curtis Institute of Music with Seymour Lipkin, and has received two degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Solomon Mikowsky, Nils Vigeland, and Anthony de Mare. In Germany, she studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and performed in Ensemble 20/21, directed by David Smeyers, as well as the group Musikfabrik. Now splitting her time between the U.S. and China, Chai is a board member of the New York City-based contemporary music organization Ear to Mind, and is founder of FaceArt Music InterNations in Shanghai. Future engagements for Ms. Chai include the National Performing Arts Center in Beijing, and the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai.

The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, produced by the International Music Foundation have been presented under the magnificent Tiffany stained-glass dome in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. since 1977, are broadcast live over WFMT Radio (98.7FM) locally, and are streamed globally over www.wfmt.com. The concerts are an important showcase for local, national, and international emerging classical artists, and follow in the tradition of Dame Myra Hess, one of the most eminent pianists of the 20th century, who started a daily concert series in London’s National Gallery that ran for 6 years during World War II.