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Montana Shakespeare in the Schools presents: Hamlet

Live Performance

December 10, 2016, 6:00pm

The Olivier Music Barn

Program

Don’t miss a rare public performance of Montana Shakespeare in the Schools’ production of Hamlet

Description

This 80-minute version features professional actors from around the country and is directed by acclaimed Chicago-based director, William Brown. The performance at Tippet Rise is a part of the company’s 24th annual fall tour which will reach 49 middle and high schools between October 7 and December 16.

Montana Shakespeare in the Schools presents: Hamlet

Live Performance

December 10, 2016, 3:00pm

The Olivier Music Barn

Program

Don’t miss a rare public performance of Montana Shakespeare in the
Schools’ production of Hamlet.

Description

This 80-minute version features professional actors from around the country and is directed by acclaimed Chicago-based director, William Brown. The performance at Tippet Rise is a part of the company’s 24th annual fall tour which will reach 49 middle and high schools between October 7 and December 16.

Royal Shakespeare Company: King Lear

Film Screening

November 4, 2016, 6:00pm

Olivier Music Barn

Program

RSC creates theater at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. Join us for this special screening!

Description

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power. Misjudging his children’s loyalty and finding himself alone in the wilderness, he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point.
 
Antony Sher returns to the RSC to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare in this, one of Shakespeare’s most epic and powerful plays.

Royal Shakespeare Company: Cymbeline

Film Screening

October 21, 2016, 6:00pm

Olivier Music Barn

Program

RSC creates theater at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. Join us for this special screening!

Description

Cymbeline is a ruler of a divided Britain. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. But a powerful figure behind the throne is plotting to seize power and murder them both. Innogen embarks on a dangerous journey that will reunite Cymbeline with a lost heir and reconcile the young lovers. Melly Still directs Shakespeare’s rarely performed romance.

Lucas Debargue

Recital - US Debut

August 21, 2016, 2:00pm

Venue - Olivier Music Barn

Pre-concert talk at 1:15pm - Tiara Acoustic Shell

Program

Scarlatti, 4 Sonatas: G Major Adagio, C Major Presto, C Major Andante, and D Minor Toccata
Beethoven, Sonata No. 7, Op.10, No. 3
Chopin, Ballade No. 4, Op.52
Ravel, Gaspard de la Nuit
Liszt, Mephisto Waltz

Description

Lucas Debargue

Pianist Lucas Debargue quickly became the most talked-about competitor at this year’s International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, garnering praise for the emotional expression in his playing and his musical individuality and integrity.

The London Spectator called Mr. Debargue “the real winner” of the competition, due to the Moscow Music Critics Association prize bestowed on the 4th prize recipient.
An introspective and insightful artist who draws inspiration across disciplines - in literature, painting, cinema and jazz, - Mr. Debargue seeks to foster a deeper sense of musical appreciation among his audiences and develop personal interpretations of a carefully selected repertoire, including works by some lesser-known composers, like Nikolai Medtner, Samuel Maykapar and Nikolai Roslavets.

This season, Mr. Debargue opens the Pianosvope Festival in Beauvais, France, and performs the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra in Birmingham Symphony Hall, at Warsaw’s ‘Folles Journées’ Festival, the Südtirol Classic Festival in Italy and PyeongChang International Music Festival in Korea. He reprises the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia and Vasily Petrenko, and plays the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Mariinsky Orchestra in Beijing and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Fedoseyev.

Mr. Debargue is invited to give two recitals in the Grand and Small Halls of the Moscow House of Music, and the closing recital of the 2015 Stanislav Richter December Nights Festival at the Pushkin Museum. He also gives recitals in 2015-16 at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Toronto’s Koerner Hall, Paris’ Fondation Louis Vuitton, Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes for the Festival del Centro Histórico, Moscow’s Rostropovich Festival and House of Music, and the Roque d’Anteron Festival in France.

Anne-Marie McDermott & Christopher O'Riley

Two-Piano Recital

August 20, 2016, 6:30pm

Venue - Olivier Music Barn

Pre-concert talk at 5:45pm - Tiara Acoustic Shell

Program

Two-piano recital to include works by Philip Glass, David Lang, Paul Lansky, and Sergei Rachmaninoff

Description

Anne-Marie McDermott

Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott is a consummate artist who balances a versatile career as a soloist and collaborator. She performs over 100 concerts a year in a combination of solo recitals, concerti and chamber music. Her repertoire choices are eclectic, spanning Bach and Haydn to Prokofiev and Scriabin to Kernis, Hartke, Tower and Wuorinen.

With over 50 concerti in her repertoire, Ms. McDermott has performed with many leading orchestra including the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Seattle Symphony, National Symphony, Houston Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Hong Kong Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and Baltimore Symphony among others. Ms, McDermott has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Virtuosi.

In recent seasons, Ms, McDermott performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Huntsville Symphony, Alabama Symphony, San Diego Symphony, the Oregon Mozart Players, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra.

Recital engagements have included the 92nd Street Y, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, The Schubert Club, Kennedy Center, as well as universities across the country. Anne-Marie McDermott has curated and performed in a number of intense projects including: the Complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas and Chamber Music, a Three Concert Series of Shostakovich Chamber Music, as well as a recital series of Haydn and Beethoven Piano Sonatas. Most recently, she commissioned works of Charles Wuorinen and Clarice Assad which were premiered in May 2009 at Town Hall, in conjunction with Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

As a soloist, Ms. McDermott has recorded the complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas, the Bach English Suites and Partitas (which was named Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice), and most recently, Gershwin’s Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra with the Dallas Symphony and Justin Brown.

In addition to her many achievements, Anne-Marie McDermott is the Artistic Director of the famed Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado, which hosts the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, and the Orchestra of St.-Martin’s-in-the-Fields (led by Joshua Bell), in addition to presenting over 40 chamber music concerts throughout the summer. She is also Artistic Director of two new Festivals; The Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival and The Avila Chamber Music Celebration in Curacao.

As a chamber music performer, Anne-Marie McDermott was named an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 1995 and performs and tours extensively with CMS each season. She continues a long standing collaboration with the highly acclaimed violinist, Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg. As a duo, they have released a CD titled Live on the NSS label and plan to release the Complete Brahms Violin and Piano Sonatas in the future. Ms. McDermott is also a member of the renowned piano quartet, Opus One, with colleagues Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom and Peter Wiley.

She continues to perform each season with her sisters, Maureen McDermott and Kerry McDermott in the McDermott Trio. Ms. McDermott has also released an all Schumann CD with violist, Paul Neubauer, as well as the Complete Chamber Music of Debussy with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Ms. McDermott studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Dalmo Carra, Constance Keene and John Browning. She was a winner of the Young Concert Artists auditions and was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Ms. McDermott regularly performs at festivals across the United States including, Spoleto, Mainly Mozart, Sante Fe, La Jolla Summerfest, Mostly Mozart, Newport, Caramoor, Bravo, Chamber Music Northwest, Aspen, Music from Angelfire, and the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, among others.

Glyndebourne: Don Pasquale

Screening

August 18, 2016, 6:30pm

Olivier Music Barn

Program

Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini

Don Pasquale is the 64th of Gaetano Donizetti’s 66 operas. Set in 19th century Rome, this comedy sparkles with a diamond bright wit, while a darker and more complex undertone emerges as the story of deception unfolds.

The story of Don Pasquale revolves around a classic comedic premise: a young couple in love schemes to thwart the inappropriate plans of a pompous old man, who wants to marry the girl himself. What makes the opera notable within this familiar genre is its emphasis on genuine human emotion. Donizetti’s score is graceful and effervescent, as one would expect from this master of melody, but adds an additional level of sophistication to match the comic (yet insightful) proceedings.

Description

Founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay, Glyndebourne is committed to presenting opera of the highest quality, commissioning new work, developing new talent and reaching new audiences. Crucially, Glyndebourne has remained financially independent since 1934.

Stephen Hough

Recital

July 23, 2016, 6:30pm

Venue - Olivier Music Barn

Pre-concert talk at 5:45pm - Tiara Acoustic Shell

Program

Schubert, A Minor, D784, Opus 143, No. 14
Franck, Prelude, Chorale and Fugue
Hough, Sonata III (Trinitas)
Liszt, Valses Oubliées nos. 1 and 2
Liszt, Transcendental Etudes, nos. 10 (Appassionata) and 11 (Harmonies du Soir)

Description

Stephen Hough

Stephen Hough is a Renaissance man, not only as a true polymath, but as a master in the achievements of that period. Mr. Hough combines his career as a uniquely insightful concert pianist, writer, and composer with philosophic pursuits which have earned him a multitude of prestigious awards and a long-standing international following.

In 2001, Mr. Hough was the first classical performing artist to win a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He was awarded Northwestern University’s 2008 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano, won the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award in 2010, and in January of 2014 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in the New Year’s Honors List.

He has appeared with most of the major European and American orchestras, and plays recitals regularly in major halls and concert series around the world. His recent engagements include recitals in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Paris, Boston, San Francisco, the Kennedy Center and Sydney; performances with the Czech, London and New York Philharmonics; the Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, St. Louis, National, Detroit, Dallas, Atlanta and Toronto symphonies; the Philadelphia, Minnesota, Budapest Festival and Russian National Orchestras; and a performance televised worldwide with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle.

He is a regular guest at festivals such as Aldeburgh, Aspen, Blossom, Edinburgh, Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart, Salzburg, Tanglewood, Verbier, Chicago’s Grant Park, Blossom, and the BBC Proms, where he has made over 20 concerto appearances, including playing all of the works of Tchaikovsky for piano and orchestra over the summer of 2009, a series he later repeated with the Chicago Symphony.

Mr. Hough’s 2015/16 season begins with complete Beethoven cycles in Australia and Singapore, followed by recitals in Beijing, Taipei and Tokyo. The season continues with return appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco, Montreal, Houston, Vancouver and New Jersey symphonies, among others in North America, as well as re-engagements with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Europe; and recitals at New York’s 92nd Street Y, London’s Barbican Centre, and in Quebec, Kansas City, and at Dartmouth and Northwestern University.

Mr. Hough has a catalogue of over 50 albums, many of which have garnered international prizes including the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, the Diapason d’Or, the Monde de la Musique, several Grammy nominations, eight Gramophone Magazine Awards including ‘Record of the Year’ in 1996 and 2003, and the Gramophone ‘Gold Disc’ Award in 2008, which named his complete Saint-Saens Piano Concertos as the best recording of the past 30 years. His 2012 recording of the complete Chopin Waltzes received the Diapason d’Or de l’Année, France’s most prestigious recording award.

His 2005 live recording of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos was the fastest selling recording in Hyperion’s history, while his 1987 recording of the Hummel concertos remains Chandos’ best-selling disc to date.

Mr. Hough’s most recent releases, all for Hyperion, include the two Brahms Piano Concertos with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra under Mark Wigglesworth; “In the Night,” featuring Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Schumann’s Carnaval, and Mr. Hough’s Second Piano Sonata, notturno luminoso. Further recent recordings include Grieg: Lyric Pieces; and a recording of Mr. Hough’s mass, Missa Mirabilis, with the Colorado Symphony.
Mr. Hough is also the featured artist in an iPad app about the Liszt Piano Sonata, which includes a fully-filmed performance and was released by the cutting-edge, award-winning company Touch Press.

Published by Josef Weinberger, Mr. Hough has composed works for orchestra, choir, chamber ensemble and solo piano. His Mass of Innocence and Experience and Missa Mirabilis were respectively commissioned by and performed at London’s Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral. In 2012, the Indianapolis Symphony commissioned and performed Mr. Hough’s own orchestration of Missa Mirabilis, which was subsequently performed by the BBC Symphony as part of Mr. Hough’s residency with the orchestra. Mr. Hough has also been commissioned by the musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic, London’s National Gallery, Wigmore Hall, Le Musée de Louvre and Musica Viva Australia among others. He has performed his two piano sonatas, Sonata No. 1, broken branches, and Sonata No. 2 notturno luminoso, in recital programs in London, New York, St. Paul and Chicago.

A noted writer, Mr. Hough regularly contributes articles for The Guardian, The Times, The Tablet, Gramophone, and BBC Music Magazine, and was invited by The Telegraph in London in 2008 to start a blog that has become one of the most popular and influential forums for cultural discussion. His book, The Bible as Prayer, was published by Continuum and the Paulist Press in 2007.

Mr. Hough resides in London where he is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at his alma mater, the Royal Northern College in Manchester. He is also a member of the faculty at The Juilliard School.
To find out more about Mr. Hough, please visit his website www.stephenhough.com or his Facebook fan page.

Inuksuit By John Luther Adams
Billings Symphony, University Musicians, Excelsis Percussion Quartet

July 23, 2016, 2:00pm

Venue - Sculpture Site, Pioneer

Pre-concert talk at 1:15pm - Sculpture Site, Pioneer

Program

Ensemble to include the Excelsis Percussion Quartet and percussionists from the Billings Symphony and others, to be named at a later date
Douglas Perkins, coordinator

Description

INUKSUIT

Inuksuit are “cairns” in Inuit, or “something which acts as a person,” such as a shepherd, as man-shaped cairns were used a scarecrows from Alaska to Greenland. These cairns resemble the standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar or Stonehenge, or the moai, the large heads in Rapa Nui. It is the national symbol of Canada. In 1999 Inukshuk was the name for the International Arctic Art & Music Project (ARBOS) in the Canadian provinces of Québec, Ontario, Nunavik, and Nunavut; and in Greenland, Austria, Denmark, and Norway.
Tippet Rise has rock formations similar to those of Aku-Aku, in a valley just north of Murphy Canyon, where the fissures in the long basaltic dike create individual rocks that vaguely resemble the heads on Easter Island.

John Luther Adams, a percussionist who lives in Alaska, writes vast musical works that focus on the landscape, of which Inuksuit is one. To find out more about Mr. Adams, please visit his website at johnlutheradams.net.

The Excelsis Percussion Quartet

The ensemble will perform In the meadows in front of Stephen Talasnik’s Pioneer, looking up at the Beartooths. The audience has been invited by the composer, John Luther Adams, to wander through the assembled 33 musicians as they play. Food will be provided.

Chris O’Riley writes:
The multi-instrumentalist communal/ritual/tribal John Luther Adams work, Inuksuit, requires a radiant core of percussionists as an impetus for the larger proceedings. The Excelsis Percussion Quartet is the catalyst and seed of this performance. Its founder Marcelina Suchocka was just 12 years old when she first performed on From the Top; precociously talented and infectiously enthusiastic, Marcelina was also the winner of the first collaboration between From the Top and YouTube in their Big Break competition a couple of years ago, with her performance video gaining thousands of enthusiastic votes. As a recipient of a Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship through From the Top, she appeared with Excelsis in performance and in collaboration with Christopher O'Riley on a Washington, DC broadcast commemorating 15 years of Cooke Foundation sponsorship. The four members of Excelsis met at the Manhattan School of Music, and they are all trail-blazing citizens of the free-lance and percussion worlds of New York City.

Konstantin Lifschitz

Recital

July 22, 2016, 6:30pm

Venue - Olivier Music Barn

Pre-concert talk at 5:45pm - Tiara Acoustic Shell

Program

Bach, Goldberg Variations

Description

Konstantin Lifschitz

The New York Times music critic Edward Rothstein named his 1996 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations “the most powerful interpretation since that of Glenn Gould.”
Konstantin Lifschitz was born in Kharkov into a musical family, and at the age of five entered the Moscow Gnesins’ Specialised Middle School of Music, in the class of Tatiana Zelikman. He subsequently studied in Russia, the UK and Italy under Vladimir Tropp, Theodor Gutman, Hamish Milne, Alfred Brendel, Fou Ts’ong, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Leon Fleisher, Rosalyn Tureck and Charles Rosen.

In the early 1990s, Mr. Lifschitz received a grant from the Russian Cultural Foundation. He has subsequently performed in Paris, Munich and Milan. While taking part in the New Names programme, he drew the attention of Vladimir Spivakov, who invited him to perform on tour in Japan with the Moscow Virtuosi ensemble in a programme featuring Bach’s Concerto in D Minor. Konstantin Lifschitz has since appeared with Vladimir Spivakov at Monte Carlo and in Antibes, performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1.

At the age of thirteen, Mr. Lifschitz gave a recital at the October Hall of the House of Unions in Moscow, marking a new stage in his solo career. Around 1994, Denon Nippon Columbia began to release recordings by the pianist. In 1995, Konstantin Lifschitz received the German Echo prize for his debut recording in the category “Most Promising Artist of the Year.”
Mr. Lifschitz has worked with the conductors Yuri Temirkanov, Bernard Haitink, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Yuri Simonov, Eri Klas and Mstislav Rostropovich. He frequently gives chamber music concerts, partnered by such master musicians as Gidon Kremer, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Maxim Vengerov, Patricia Kopachinskaya, Yevgeny Ugorsky, Leila Josefovich, Lara St. John, Mischa Maisky, Sol Gabetta, Mstislav Rostropovich, Lynn Harrell, Jiří Barta, Bella Davidovich and Valery Afanasiev.

In autumn of 2008, Mr. Lifschitz performed Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto with the Theater und Philharmonie Essen Orchestra under Konstantinos Karydis. He then completed a tour of Germany with the Musica Viva ensemble as both pianist and conductor. He conducted the ensemble in performances of works by Bach, Stravinsky, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. Conducting is Mr. Lifschitz’s second major creative field; between 2006 and 2008 he studied at the conducting faculty of the University of the Arts in Berlin.

This season the pianist toured Germany with the Bern Symphony Orchestra under Andrei Boreiko, in addition to concerts in Munich and Moscow and his first visit to South Africa at the Capetown Arts Festival.

The pianist has an extensive discography. In 2007 he recorded Bach’s A Musical Tribute and Frescobaldi’s toccatas. In 2008, together with Austrian Radio and TV Orchestra, he recorded Gottfried von Einem’s Piano Concerto and, in 2010, Bach’s The Art of the Fugue. VAI has released a DVD of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier.

Mr. Lifschitz has twice won the Rovenna prize for his outstanding contribution to the performing arts. He is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and has been a professor of the Musikhochschule in Lucerne since 2008.

Royal Shakespeare Company: Hamlet

Film Screening

July 17, 2016, 6:00pm

Olivier Music Barn

Program

RSC creates theater at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. Join us for this special screening!

Description

Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead.

Returning home he finds his world is utterly changed, his certainties smashed and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order he faces a stark choice. Submit, or rage against the injustice of his new reality.

Simon Godwin (The Two Gentlemen of Verona 2014) directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy. As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world.

Svetlana Smolina, Christopher O’Riley, Caroline Goulding, Matt Haimovitz, John-Bruce Yeh Celebrate:
Composer Olivier Messiaen

July 16, 2016, 6:30pm

Venue - Sculpture Site, Domo

Pre-concert talk at 5:45pm - Sculpture Site, Domo

Program

Svetlana Smolina and Christopher O’Riley, pianos; Caroline Goulding, violin; Matt Haimovitz, cello; and John-Bruce Yeh, clarinet
Visions de l’amen for two pianos
Quatuor pour la fin du temps

Description

Svetlana Smolina & Christopher O’Riley, pianos
Caroline Goulding, violin
Matt Haimovitz, cello
John Bruce Yeh, clarinet

Svetlana Smolina

Born in the Russian city of Nizhny-Novgorod, Ms. Smolina started to develop her craft at a very young age. “Music is the most amazing gift a human being can have, and I pour all my feelings into each piece I perform.”

By the time she graduated from her city’s Balakirev Music College, where she studied under the direction of Natalia Fish, she had already won several prestigious piano competitions, performed with the Nizhny Novgorod Symphony, given numerous recitals, and starred in several international music festivals. Svetlana’s talent and early accomplishments earned her an invitation to study with the master pianist Alexander Toradze at his world-famous Indiana University piano studio.

Ms. Smolina studied with Eugene and Olga Mogilevsky at the Brussels Royal Conservatory in Belgium. Later, she partnered with their son Maxim to win the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition in Miami, a triumph which has been echoed many times in the distinguished prizes and awards she has received throughout her career.

Despite her youth, Ms. Smolina has established herself as a virtuoso pianist, with a long list of notable performances and recordings. Among them are solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall; the Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; the St. Petersburg Philharmonic; La Orchestre National de France; the Odessa and Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic; the Pittsburgh Symphony; the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; the Toledo Symphony; the Florida Philharmonic; the Shreveport Symphony; the Chamber Orchestra of New York, and many others. She has performed on the world’s most prestigious stages, including the Royal Covent Garden Opera in London; the Mariinsky 3 Concert Hall in St. Petersburg; the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory Hall; Mozarteum and Großen Saal in Salzburg; Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon; the Miller Theater at Columbia University in NYC, and Vienna’s Sacher Hall, to name just a few.

Performing music time and again, while keeping it fresh and exciting for the audience, is an art in itself. “It helps that I am always open to new experiences and see life itself as an inspiration.”

She is also a frequent participant at international music festivals, including the Salzburg Festival; the Hollywood Bowl Festival in Los Angeles; the Ravinia Rising Stars Festival in Chicago; the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg; Maggio Musicale in Florence; Settimane Musicali di Stresa; Festivale di Bologna; Michelangeli Festival in Brescia; the Hennessy Artists Series at Hanoi Opera House in Vietnam; iPalpiti Orchestra/ iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates / Disney Hall, and numerous others.

In choosing her music, Ms. Smolina likes to select lesser-known pieces to surprise and excite the audience. All in all, both the selection process and the performance bring together “a lot of constructive thinking, emotional input, and spirituality,” she says.

Ms. Smolina received her BM degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio, where she studied under Monique Duphil; her M.M. from the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University, and her doctorate from the University of Michigan, where she credits her teacher, Arthur Greene, for helping perfect her skills. She was appointed as the Samuel Barber Artist In Residence at West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s School of Music in The College of Visual and Performing Arts, and is also a member of the piano faculty at Philadelphia International Summer Festival. Her current projects include recording a solo album at Cove City Sound Studios; recording Martin Matalon works for Naxos; the soundtrack for the upcoming film You are Not You, starring Hilary Swank; and a tour of China with the Russian European Orchestra in 2014.

In 2014-15, Ms. Smolina gave a series of concerts with Vadim Repin for his Trans -Siberian Art Festival at the residences of the Russian Ambassador in both Washington, DC and London. Their recent recital in Koerner Hall in Toronto received great critical acclaim.

In 2014, Svetlana won the Live on Stage showcases and was chosen as their only Classical Pianist Artist for the 2015-16 season. This upcoming tour will bring her to more than 20 states. Svetlana recently was featured and gave an interview for Keyboard Magazine. Other collaborations include a series of concerts with Robert Davi and Dave Konig at Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater presented by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
Svetlana will be a featured soloist on a tour with Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra in China in December 2015, with the South Florida Symphony and with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional Juvenil in Lima, Peru.

Caroline Goulding

Caroline Goulding first appeared on From the Top at the age of 13. Her Telarc debut recording, a collaboration with Christopher O’Riley, got a Grammy nomination.
Called “precociously gifted” by Gramophone Magazine, violinist Caroline Goulding has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s premier orchestras, including The Cleveland Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Berlin’s ensemblemini, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, the Tonhalle-Zurich, the Louvre Museum, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Her 2015-2016 season includes engagements in Asia, Europe, and North America with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Houston Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, and New West Symphony. Her upcoming recital CD release with pianist Danae Dörken features works by Schumann, Enescu, and Dvořák.

Ms. Goulding is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. She has appeared on The Today Show, the Martha Stewart show, Germany’s Stars von Morgen hosted by Rolando Villazón, and has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Currently studying with Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy, Caroline splits her time between Kronberg, Germany, and Boston, Massachusetts.

Matt Haimovitz

Matt Haimovitz, renowned for his courage in performing in challenging settings such as the Hi-Line in New York and the gym at Columbia Univeristy. A protégé of Rostropovich, Mr. Haimovitz specializes in playing along with nature, while remaining entirely undistracted, which demands an extreme but invisible virtuosity. He will contrast this summer the planetary gears of the Bach Suites with modern responses, which he has commissioned from great living composers such as Philip Glass. As the Bach Suites are a compendium of musical cultures from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the modern responses he adds translate these high structures into the multi-country vernacular of our own time.
http://www.matthaimovitz.com

The original manuscript of J.S. Bach’s 6 Suites for Cello Solo has been lost to history. The only remnant is a copy made by Anna Magdalena, Bach’s second wife, her handwriting uncanny in its likeness to the composer’s own. Since 1890, when Casals found a published copy in a second-hand music shop and first performed the suites in public 20 years later, the suites have been both Bible and Holy Grail of the solo cello repertoire – each cellist searching for his own way into the heart of this music.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz has been closely associated with the Bach suites since the year 2000, when the former child prodigy jump-started the alt-classical revolution by performing the complete cycle in folk clubs and rock venues, including New York’s now-defunct punk palace CBGB’s. That same year, he released a 3-CD set of the Suites that launched the newborn Oxingale Records.

Now, 15 years later, Mr. Haimovitz returns to The Cello Suites with a stunning new interpretation, intimately informed by Anna Magdalena’s manuscript and the tools of the time.

John-Bruce Yeh

Mr. Yeh will take part in the Messiaen commemorative concert outside at the Domo.
The first Asian musician ever appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as the longest-serving clarinetist in CSO history, John- Bruce Yeh joined the CSO in June of 1977, having been appointed solo bass clarinet of the Orchestra at the age of 19 by Sir Georg Solti. Two years later, he was named assistant principal and solo E-flat clarinet. He served as acting principal clarinet of the CSO from 2008–2011.

While there, Mr. Yeh performed the 1998 American premiere of Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Concerto with Pierre Boulez conducting, and the 1993 performance of Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto with Neeme Järvi conducting. A concert recording of the Nielsen was released on the CSO CD set Soloists of the Orchestra II: From the Archives, vol. 15. In 2004, Yeh was featured in Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs in collaboration with the Hubbard Street Dance Company and the CSO, conducted by David Robertson. An enthusiastic champion of new music, John-Bruce Yeh is the dedicatee of new works for clarinet by numerous composers, ranging from Ralph Shapey to John Williams. Recently he has also performed as guest principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as of the Seoul Philharmonic in Korea.

A prize winner at both the 1982 Munich International Music Competition and the 1985 Naumburg Clarinet Competition in New York, Mr. Yeh continues to solo with orchestras around the globe. His more than a dozen solo and chamber music recordings have earned worldwide critical acclaim. He recently released a disc titled Synergy, with single and double concertos for clarinet and symphonic wind ensemble featuring his wife, Teresa, his daughter, Molly, and the Columbus State University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Robert Rumbelow.
Mr. Yeh is director of Chicago Pro Musica, which received a Grammy Award in 1986 for Best New Classical Artist. He frequently appears at festivals and on chamber music series worldwide. Mr. Yeh has performed with Music from Marlboro; the Guarneri, Ying, Colorado, Pacifica, Calder and Avalon string quartets; as well as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

With his wife, clarinetist Teresa Reilly, erhu virtuoso Wang Guowei, and pipa virtuoso Yang Wei, Mr. Yeh recently formed Birds and Phoenix, an innovative quartet dedicated to bridging Eastern and Western musical cultures. In their debut performance in September 2006, the group performed works by Victoria Bond, Pamela Chen, Lu Pei and Bright Sheng, all commissioned for them.

Passionately committed to music education, Mr. Yeh served for 26 years on the faculty of DePaul University’s School of Music, and joined the faculty at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College for the Performing Arts in 2004. He has taught master classes at the Juilliard, Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University, and University of Michigan. He is on the faculty of Midwest Young Artists in Fort Sheridan, Illinois.

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Los Angeles, John-Bruce Yeh pursued premedical studies at UCLA, where he also won the Frank Sinatra Musical Performance Award. He entered the Juilliard School in 1975, and attended music schools in Aspen, Marlboro and Tanglewood. He cites Gary Gray, Michele Zukovsky, Harold Wright, Ray Still, Marcel Moyse, Allan Dennis and Mehli Mehta as influential mentors.
He is the proud father of Jenna Yeh, 26, a culinary artist in Chicago; Molly Yeh, 23, a percussionist and journalist in New York City; and Mia Reilly-Yeh, who celebrated her 6th birthday on March 20, 2012.

Dover String Quartet and Matt Haimovitz Celebrate:
Artist Mark di Suvero’s Beethoven’s Quartet

July 16, 2016, 2:00pm

Venue - Olivier Music Barn

Pre-concert talk at 1:15pm - Tiara Acoustic Shell

Program

Beethoven, String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132
Schubert, Cello Quintet

Description

Dover String Quartet

To commemorate the two wonderful sculptures at Tippet Rise by the visionary Mark di Suvero, who has been the face of American sculpture during his long intellectually distinguished and visually innovative career, The Dover Quartet will play one of the late Beethoven Quartets after which Mr. di Suvero named his sculpture, Beethoven’s Quartet, as well as the Schubert Cello Quintet, one of Mr. di Suvero’s great inspirations.

T.S. Eliot listened to the A Minor Quartet as he wrote his extraordinary poem, The Four Quartets:

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past….
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden.

Eliot said of the Beethoven A Minor Quartet:

I find it quite inexhaustible to study. There is a sort of heavenly or at least more than human gaiety about some of his later things which one imagines might come to oneself as the fruit of reconciliation and relief after immense suffering; I should like to get something of that into verse before I die.

The first of the four poems, Burnt Norton, was written in anticipation of World War II and to celebrate (or mourn) how much there was to lose in that conflict. It could not have been written without the tragedy of the first world war, and is an example of how art often prefigures history. Although the poem doesn’t mention war directly, it is suffused with the sadness and dread of the loss of meaning in civilization. It intuits a new mood.

As Paul Fussell said of the pre-Quartets limbo in England in The Great War and Modern Memory:

There was no Waste Land, with its rats’ alleys, dull canals, and dead men who have lost their bones: it would take four years of trench warfare to bring these to consciousness. There was no Ulysses, no Mauberly, no Cantos, no Kafka, no Proust, no Waugh, no Auden, no Huxley, no Cummings, no Women in Love or Lady Chatterley’s Lover. There was no “Valley of Ashes” in The Great Gatsby. One read Hardy and Kipling and Conrad and frequented worlds of traditional moral action delineated in traditional moral language.
The A Minor Quartet later figured heavily in the coda to Aldous Huxley’s novel, Point Counterpoint.

The Dover draws its musical lineage from the Cleveland, Vermeer, and Guarneri Quartets, having studied at the Curtis Institute and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, when those quartets were in residence, from 2011-2013. The Quartet has been mentored extensively by Shmuel Ashkenasi, James Dunham, Norman Fischer, Kenneth Goldsmith, Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, and Peter Wiley. They are dedicated to sharing their music with underserved communities and are active members of Music for Food, an initiative to help musicians fight hunger in their home communities.

Matt Haimovitz

Matt Haimovitz, renowned for his courage in performing in challenging settings such as the Hi-Line in New York and the gym at Columbia Univeristy, will perform the summit of musical achievement, the Bach Cello Suites, on one of the high ridges of Tippet Rise’s monadnocks in the afternoon, and again in the lush Olivier Hall in the evening.

A protégé of Rostropovich, Mr. Haimovitz specializes in playing along with nature, while remaining entirely undistracted, which demands an extreme but invisible virtuosity. He will contrast this summer the planetary gears of the Bach Suites with modern responses, which he has commissioned from great living composers such as Philip Glass. As the Bach Suites are a compendium of musical cultures from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the modern responses he adds translate these high structures into the multi-country vernacular of our own time.
http://www.matthaimovitz.com

The original manuscript of J.S. Bach’s 6 Suites for Cello Solo has been lost to history. The only remnant is a copy made by Anna Magdalena, Bach’s second wife, her handwriting uncanny in its likeness to the composer’s own. Since 1890, when Casals found a published copy in a second-hand music shop and first performed the suites in public 20 years later, the suites have been both Bible and Holy Grail of the solo cello repertoire – each cellist searching for his own way into the heart of this music.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz has been closely associated with the Bach suites since the year 2000, when the former child prodigy jump-started the alt-classical revolution by performing the complete cycle in folk clubs and rock venues, including New York’s now-defunct punk palace CBGB’s. That same year, he released a 3-CD set of the Suites that launched the newborn Oxingale Records.

Now, 15 years later, Mr. Haimovitz returns to The Cello Suites with a stunning new interpretation, intimately informed by Anna Magdalena’s manuscript and the tools of the time.

Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O'Riley

Duo Recital

July 15, 2016, 6:30pm

Venue - Olivier Music Barn

Pre-concert talk at 5:45pm - Tiara Acoustic Shell

Program

Cello and Piano Sonatas of Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff

Description

SHOSTAKOVICH, PROKOFIEV, AND RACHMANINOFF

These three works for cello and piano provide the musical core of what we hope Tippet Rise will suggest to its visitors: the ineffable yearning for the land, the love of the steppes, the fight for the nation, which these composers and these extraordinary works symbolize.

As played by the eminent pianist and cellist Christopher O’Riley and Matt Haimovitz, this will be an event not to be missed, and will be discussed at length in our program guide, which will be distributed at our concerts.

Glyndebourne: Le nozze di Figaro

Screening

July 10, 2016, 6:30pm

Olivier Music Barn

Program

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

A profoundly humane comedy, Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) is set in Seville, Spain, in the late 18th Century. The opera is a remarkable marriage of Mozart’s music at the height of his genius and one of the best librettos ever set. In adapting a play that caused a scandal with its revolutionary take on 18th-century society, librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte focused less on the original topical references and more on the timeless issues embedded in the frothy drawing-room comedy. With Mozart’s masterpiece of a score, the result was a witty yet profound tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Description

Founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay, Glyndebourne is committed to presenting opera of the highest quality, commissioning new work, developing new talent and reaching new audiences. Crucially, Glyndebourne has remained financially independent since 1934.

Svetlana Smolina, Yevgeny Subdin, Christopher O’Riley, Elmer Churampi Celebrate:
Composer Alexander Scriabin

July 9, 2016, 6:30pm

Venue - Sculpture site, Domo

Pre-concert talk at 5:45pm - Sculpture Site, Domo

Program

All-Scriabin concert at the site of Domo to include:
Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28
Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp major, Op. 30
Svetlana Smolina (piano)
Le poème de l’extase, Op. 54
Christopher O’Riley, Svetlana Smolina (piano) and Elmer Churampi (trumpet)
Sonata #5, Op. 53
Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)
Vers la flame, Op. 72
Christopher O’Riley
Prometheus: Poem of Fire, Op. 60
Svetlana Smolina, Christopher O’Riley and Elmer Churampi

Description

Scriabin’s unrealized magnum opus, Mysterium, was to have been a week-long performance including music, scent, dance, and light in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains that would bring bring about the dissolution of the world in bliss. Peter Halstead’s essays on music, The Himalaya Sessions, lightly evoke the Mysterium, and it is his and his wife Cathy’s hope that everyone who comes to hear music outdoors at Tippet Rise will experience a certain amount of happiness.

Like Messiaen, Scriabin believed in synesthesia, where musical notes evoked the sensation of colors, or colors brought back certain notes or letters of the alphabet. Music similarly summons up indescribable emotions in all of us. To pin them down is almost to make them disappear, like Schrödinger’s cat.

The Scriabin pieces featured during this concert will be discussed at length in our program guide, which will be distributed at our concerts.

Svetlana Smolina

Ms. Smolina will perform at Domo in both the iconic Scriabin and Messiaen concerts on July 9th and 16th, during which time she will be in residence at Tippet Rise. Both composers are closest to the revelatory sensibities which music can invoke, and no one is more suited to such epiphanies.

Born in the Russian city of Nizhny-Novgorod, Ms. Smolina started to develop her craft at a very young age. “Music is the most amazing gift a human being can have, and I pour all my feelings into each piece I perform.”

By the time she graduated from her city’s Balakirev Music College, where she studied under the direction of Natalia Fish, she had already won several prestigious piano competitions, performed with the Nizhny Novgorod Symphony, given numerous recitals, and starred in several international music festivals. Svetlana’s talent and early accomplishments earned her an invitation to study with the master pianist Alexander Toradze at his world-famous Indiana University piano studio.

Ms. Smolina studied with Eugene and Olga Mogilevsky at the Brussels Royal Conservatory in Belgium. Later, she partnered with their son Maxim to win the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition in Miami, a triumph which has been echoed many times in the distinguished prizes and awards she has received throughout her career.

Despite her youth, Ms. Smolina has established herself as a virtuoso pianist, with a long list of notable performances and recordings. Among them are solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall; the Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; the St. Petersburg Philharmonic; La Orchestre National de France; the Odessa and Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic; the Pittsburgh Symphony; the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; the Toledo Symphony; the Florida Philharmonic; the Shreveport Symphony; the Chamber Orchestra of New York, and many others. She has performed on the world’s most prestigious stages, including the Royal Covent Garden Opera in London; the Mariinsky 3 Concert Hall in St. Petersburg; the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory Hall; Mozarteum and Großen Saal in Salzburg; Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon; the Miller Theater at Columbia University in NYC, and Vienna’s Sacher Hall, to name just a few.

Performing music time and again, while keeping it fresh and exciting for the audience, is an art in itself. “It helps that I am always open to new experiences and see life itself as an inspiration.”

She is also a frequent participant at international music festivals, including the Salzburg Festival; the Hollywood Bowl Festival in Los Angeles; the Ravinia Rising Stars Festival in Chicago; the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg; Maggio Musicale in Florence; Settimane Musicali di Stresa; Festivale di Bologna; Michelangeli Festival in Brescia; the Hennessy Artists Series at Hanoi Opera House in Vietnam; iPalpiti Orchestra/ iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates / Disney Hall, and numerous others.

In choosing her music, Ms. Smolina likes to select lesser-known pieces to surprise and excite the audience. All in all, both the selection process and the performance bring together “a lot of constructive thinking, emotional input, and spirituality,” she says.

Ms. Smolina received her BM degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio, where she studied under Monique Duphil; her M.M. from the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University, and her doctorate from the University of Michigan, where she credits her teacher, Arthur Greene, for helping perfect her skills. She was appointed as the Samuel Barber Artist In Residence at West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s School of Music in The College of Visual and Performing Arts, and is also a member of the piano faculty at Philadelphia International Summer Festival. Her current projects include recording a solo album at Cove City Sound Studios; recording Martin Matalon works for Naxos; the soundtrack for the upcoming film You are Not You, starring Hilary Swank; and a tour of China with the Russian European Orchestra in 2014.

In 2014-15, Ms. Smolina gave a series of concerts with Vadim Repin for his Trans -Siberian Art Festival at the residences of the Russian Ambassador in both Washington, DC and London. Their recent recital in Koerner Hall in Toronto received great critical acclaim.

In 2014, Svetlana won the Live on Stage showcases and was chosen as their only Classical Pianist Artist for the 2015-16 season. This upcoming tour will bring her to more than 20 states. Svetlana recently was featured and gave an interview for Keyboard Magazine. Other collaborations include a series of concerts with Robert Davi and Dave Konig at Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater presented by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
Svetlana will be a featured soloist on a tour with Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra in China in December 2015, with the South Florida Symphony and with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional Juvenil in Lima, Peru.

Elmer Churampi

Mr. Churampi will be the trumpet virtuoso in the Domo Scriabin homage.

“When I was four, I took [my father’s] trumpet when he was taking a break, and I got a good sound.” Elmer Churampi told Christopher O’Riley on From the Top’s Show 268.
“On that day, he told me that I was going to be a trumpet player.”

From the moment Elmer picked up the trumpet, he began a journey to becoming one of the most impressive musicians in the history of From the Top. He moved everyone not only as a musician, but as a person.

While growing up in Lima, Peru, music would be Elmer’s driving force. It would be his vehicle for self-expression, his ticket to success, and his calling in life. It would make him an inspiration to everyone he met. “My parents were poor, but with a big heart,” he said. “They always supported me in music, and in life.”

As a child, Elmer’s musical talent caught the attention of many in his community. Their encouragement would soon be very important.

One of Elmer’s most notable supporters was soccer player Nolberto Solano. When Nolberto noticed Elmer’s gift for music, he helped him acquire his first professional instrument.

Eunice Kim, John-Henry Crawford, Christopher O’Riley Celebrate:
Artist Patrick Dougherty’s Daydreams

July 9, 2016, 2:00pm

Venue - Olivier Music Barn

Pre-concert talk at 1:15pm - Tiara Acoustic Shell

Program

Fauré, Violin Sonata in A Major
Poulenc, Cello Sonata
Ravel, Piano Trio in A Minor

Description

Eunice Kim/John-Henry Crawford

“This is a recreation of a concert from 40 years ago I saw Messiaen and his wife, Yvonne Loriod, perform at Jordan Hall with the BSO Chamber Players (Joseph Silverstein, Jules Eskin, and the inestimate Harold Wright as clarinetist!). Truly a transcendent evening.”
- Christopher O’Riley

The phantasmal sensuality inherent in Patrick Dougherty’s Daydreams infuses this program commemorating his collaboration between the organic and the surreal with the colour, fantasy and romance in these epitomes of the French chamber music repertoire.

Eunice Kim

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, violinist Eunice Kim made her solo debut at the age of seven with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. Called “just superb” (The New York Times) and “a born performer” (Epoch Times), she recently made her solo debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Louisville Symphony, and performed George Tsontakis’ Unforgettable with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Recently she performed at the Library of Congress on the “Ward” Antonio Stradivari violin, and she toured Taiwan, Hong Kong, Germany, and South Korea with “Curtis On Tour.” A winner of Astral’s 2012 National Auditions, Ms. Kim is the recipient of awards and honors from the California International Violin Competition, the Pacific Music Society Competition, the Korea Times String Competition, and the Youth Excellence Scholarship for the Arts. She also represented the Curtis Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the Millennium Stage Series Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center.

An enthusiastic advocate for community engagement, she has partnered with The Philadelphia Orchestra Department of Education to perform in outreach series, and regularly participates in Astral’s Community Engagement & Education programs. She has taught at numerous international music festivals, most recently at the Teatro Del Lago Festival in Chile and the Valdres Music Academy in Norway. She has participated in the Music from Angel Fire and Marlboro Music festivals.

Ms. Kim graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she served as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, as a mentor in the Curtis Community Engagement program, and was awarded the Milka Violin Artist Prize.

John-Henry Crawford

John-Henry Crawford, 22 year old cellist from Shreveport, LA, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Carter Brey, Principal Cellist of New York Philharmonic and Peter Wiley, formerly of the Guarneri Quartet. John-Henry held the Nina and Billy Albert Fellowship at Curtis. He was accepted at age 15 and served as principal cellist of the Curtis Orchestra during his senior year.

Mr. Crawford gave his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2011 as First Prize Winner of the Orchestra’s Greenfield Concerto Competition. He has recently been chosen as one of only 3 U.S. cellists invited to the Tchaikowsky Competition in Russia. This past November Mr. Crawford was invited to give a solo recital in the International Concert Series of the Louvre in Paris.

In 2015 he won First Prize in Cello and Grand Prize at the American String Teachers National Solo Competition. In May he performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Memphis Symphony in May and recently performed the Dvorak Concerto with the Shreveport Symphony. He has been featured twice with Christopher O’Riley on National Public Radio’s From the Top, and has given concerts in 20 states as well as Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

Mr. Crawford has been a prize winner in numerous competitions, and was accepted at the prestigious Verbier Academy in Switzerland, where he was the only American cellist of eight selected world-wide. He has performed on WHYY public television in Philadelphia, and is included in the documentary “Maestro Movie.” He is interviewed and quoted in the best-selling book, The Talent Code, by Dan Coyle.

He was an active participant at the Kronberg Cello Masterclasses in Germany this past September, and Pinchas Zukerman’s National Arts Center Young Artist Program for four years. He has performed at the MusicAlps festival in Courchevel, France.

This past summer, Mr. Crawford was an artist fellow at Itzhak Perlman’s Chamber Music Festival, and at Music from Angel Fire in New Mexico. He performed the Brahms B-Flat Sextet at Boston’s French Cultural Museum in a chamber music concert with Malcolm Lowe, Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony, Edward Gazouleas, also of the BSO, Curtis President Roberto Diaz, and the Borromeo Quartet. Mr. Crawford was recently the only student performer on the Curtis on Tour series in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Brazil.pastedGraphic_4.png
He was chosen to perform for Baron Hirsch’s Ascending Artists Series in Memphis, the Memphis Chamber Music Society, Deerfield Presbyterian Church Recital Series in NJ, Texas Street Arts Series in Shreveport, NPR fund-raisers for From the Top in Dallas, West Palm Beach, Princeton, and Wayne PA, and with fellow Curtis students Eunice Kim and Patrick Kreeger in the KCK Trio on the Marion Chamber Music Society series in Florida.

Mr. Crawford has studied with Lynn Harrell, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Paul Katz, Ralph Kirshbaum, Pinchas Zukerman, Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Lawrence Dutton, Michael Tree, Zuill Bailey, Shauna Rolston, and Amit Peled. His chamber groups have performed for the Emerson and St. Lawrence Quartet, and at Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Master Classes in New York. He has performed a wide spectrum of music ranging from early music as part of the Curtis Collegium to John Adams and Joan Tower with members of the contemporary music group Eighth Blackbird.

He is from a musical family and performs on the 200 year old European cello smuggled out of Austria in 1938 by his grandfather, the cellist Dr. Robert Popper. In addition to playing the cello he enjoys reading, swimming, and performing magic tricks.

To find out more about Mr. Crawford, please visit his website at johnhenrycrawford.com/

George Li

Recital

July 8, 2016, 6:30pm

Venue - Olivier Music Barn

Pre-concert talk at 5:45pm - Tiara Acoustic Shell

Program

Haydn, Sonata Hob. XVI: 50 in C major
Chopin, Sonata in B-flat minor, Op. 35
Rachmaninoff, Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42
Liszt, Consolation Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (cadenza by Rachmaninoff)

Description

George Li

Performance to take place in the larch-lined floating room of the Olivier Music Barn, inspired by the legendary hall in the Esterhazy Palace in Fertod, Hungary where Haydn performed most of his symphonies.
Silver medalist in the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition and winner of the prestigious XIV Concours International Grand Prix Animato 2014 Paris, George Li (黎卓宇) is regarded as one of the world’s most talented and creative young pianists. His astonishing technique, distinctive tonal quality, and exceptional musicality have earned him consistent critical acclaim (New York Times, Washington Post, International Piano Magazine, Toronto Star, The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Music Intelligencer) and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his solo recitals, orchestral collaborations, and chamber music performances.

In addition to winning the Grand Prix Animato Piano Competition (with the Schumann Prize, the Brahms Prize and the Audience Prize) in December 2014, Mr. Li won third prize in the 2015 US Chopin Competition, and second prize in the 2014 Vendome Prize. In 2012, he received the prestigious Gilmore Young Artist Award, becoming its youngest recipient. With his exceptional musical gifts being recognized by Alfred Brendel, Dimitri Bashkirov, and Menahem Pressler, Mr. Li was the winner of the Tabor Foundation Piano Award at the 2012 Verbier Academy. In 2010, he won first prize in the prestigious Young Concert Artists International audition, and since that time has been under management of the YCA. In 2010 he also won first prize at the Inaugural Cooper International Piano Competition. In 2008 Mr. Li won second prize at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Junior Artist Competition. In 2011 he performed at a State dinner for President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House.

In 2005, Mr. Li made his first orchestral debut at 9 as a soloist with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra. Thereafter, he has appeared as a soloist with many symphony orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Nordic Chamber Orchestra (Sweden), the Norrkoping Orchestra (Sweden), Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Symphony Orchestra, Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra “I Solisti di Perugia” (Italy), Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Waltham Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestra at Temple Square, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (Canada), and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

An active recitalist and orchestral soloist, Mr. Li has performed in venues throughout the world, including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Musikverein (Vienna), Rudolfinum’s Dvorak Hall (Czech Republic), Severance Hall, Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Mechanics Hall, The Tabernacle, Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, and the Kennedy Center.
He is also an enthusiastic chamber musician. Since the age of 9, he has regularly performed in chamber music concerts, with repertoire ranging from Haydn to Beethoven, Brahms, Shostakovich, and Bolcom. As a member of the Vivace Trio, Mr. Li performed for members of the US Congress on Capitol Hill. He has also played chamber music concerts with The Boston Trio and in the Winsor Chamber Music Series.

He has frequently been featured as guest artist on National Public Radio (WGBH). He also appeared on CBS TV (the Liz Walker Show and the Martha Stewart Show). At the age of 11, Mr. Li performed at Carnegie Hall as a featured pianist in the From the Top TV series. He has participated in numerous world-renowned summer festivals including the Verbier Academy (Switzerland), the Miami International Piano Festival, the Southeastern Piano Festival, and the Gilmore Keyboard Festival. He has had master classes with renowned pianists Alfred Brendel, Emmanuel Ax, and Richard Goode.

A resident of Lexington, Massachusetts, George Li graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts and the Preparatory School of New England Conservatory, where he studied piano with Ms. Wha Kyung Byun (卞和暻). His previous piano teachers include Mrs. Dorothy Shi (杨镜钏) [from the ages of 4 to 12] and Mr. Chengzong Yin (殷承宗) [ages 7 to 12].
Mr. Li is currently enrolled in the dual degree program at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory, continuing his piano studies with Ms. Wha Kyung Byun as well as Maestro Russell Sherman, the master pianist and Distinguished Artist in Residence at the New England Conservatory.

Glyndebourne: La Cenerentola - 2005

Screening

July 3, 2016, 6:30pm

Olivier Music Barn

Program

Music by Gioachino Rossini.
Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti
Rossini’s version of the Cinderella fairy tale

The story of Rossini’s effervescent comedic opera is more familiarly known as Cinderella. In Rossini’s variation, the wicked stepmother is replaced by a wicked stepfather, Don Magnifico. The Fairy Godmother is replaced by Alidoro, a philosopher and the Prince’s tutor. Cinderella is identified not by her glass slipper but by her bracelet. La Cenerentola, which Rossini completed in three weeks not long after his highly-acclaimed The Barber of Seville, is considered to have some of his finest writing for solo voice and ensembles.

Description

Founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay, Glyndebourne is committed to presenting opera of the highest quality, commissioning new work, developing new talent and reaching new audiences. Crucially, Glyndebourne has remained financially independent since 1934.

Matt Haimovitz

Recital

July 2, 2016, 6:30pm

Venue - Olivier Music Barn

Pre-concert talk at 5:45pm - Tiara Acoustic Shell

Program

Bach Suites 4-6 for Solo Cello w/ commissioned Overtures to each Suite

Description

Matt Haimovitz

A protégé of Rostropovich, Mr. Haimovitz specializes in playing along with nature, while remaining entirely undistracted, which demands an extreme but invisible virtuosity. He will contrast this summer the planetary gears of the Bach Suites with modern responses, which he has commissioned from great living composers such as Philip Glass. As the Bach Suites are a compendium of musical cultures from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the modern responses he adds translate these high structures into the multi-country vernacular of our own time.
http://www.matthaimovitz.com

The original manuscript of J.S. Bach’s 6 Suites for Cello Solo has been lost to history. The only remnant is a copy made by Anna Magdalena, Bach’s second wife, her handwriting uncanny in its likeness to the composer’s own. Since 1890, when Casals found a published copy in a second-hand music shop and first performed the suites in public 20 years later, the suites have been both Bible and Holy Grail of the solo cello repertoire – each cellist searching for his own way into the heart of this music.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz has been closely associated with the Bach suites since the year 2000, when the former child prodigy jump-started the alt-classical revolution by performing the complete cycle in folk clubs and rock venues, including New York’s now-defunct punk palace CBGB’s. That same year, he released a 3-CD set of the Suites that launched the newborn Oxingale Records.

Now, 15 years later, Mr. Haimovitz returns to The Cello Suites with a stunning new interpretation, intimately informed by Anna Magdalena’s manuscript and the tools of the time.

Matt Haimovitz

Recital

July 2, 2016, 2:00pm

Venue - Sculpture Site, Domo

Pre-concert talk at 1:15pm - Sculpture Site, Domo

Program

Bach Suites 1-3 for Solo Cello with commissioned overtures to each suite

Description

Matt Haimovitz

A protégé of Rostropovich, Mr. Haimovitz specializes in playing along with nature, while remaining entirely undistracted, which demands an extreme but invisible virtuosity. He will contrast this summer the planetary gears of the Bach Suites with modern responses, which he has commissioned from great living composers such as Philip Glass. As the Bach Suites are a compendium of musical cultures from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the modern responses he adds translate these high structures into the multi-country vernacular of our own time.
http://www.matthaimovitz.com

The original manuscript of J.S. Bach’s 6 Suites for Cello Solo has been lost to history. The only remnant is a copy made by Anna Magdalena, Bach’s second wife, her handwriting uncanny in its likeness to the composer’s own. Since 1890, when Casals found a published copy in a second-hand music shop and first performed the suites in public 20 years later, the suites have been both Bible and Holy Grail of the solo cello repertoire – each cellist searching for his own way into the heart of this music.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz has been closely associated with the Bach suites since the year 2000, when the former child prodigy jump-started the alt-classical revolution by performing the complete cycle in folk clubs and rock venues, including New York’s now-defunct punk palace CBGB’s. That same year, he released a 3-CD set of the Suites that launched the newborn Oxingale Records.

Now, 15 years later, Mr. Haimovitz returns to The Cello Suites with a stunning new interpretation, intimately informed by Anna Magdalena’s manuscript and the tools of the time.

Yevgeny Sudbin

Recital

July 1, 2016, 6:30pm

Venue - Olivier Music Barn

Pre-concert talk at 5:45pm - Tiara Acoustic Shell

Program

Program to include sonatas by Scarlatti
Beethoven, Bagatelles, Op. 126
Mozart, Lacrimosa
Ravel, Gaspard de la nuit

Description

Yevgeny Sudbin

Once in a blue moon a record appears by a hitherto unknown artist who seems destined to take his place among the elect. Both musically and technically, this debut is on a par with those two greatest of Scarlatti pianists, Horowitz and Pletnev. As eloquent in the most poignant sonatas as he is brilliant in the showstoppers, Sudbin is already a master.
Daniel Stearns, Piano Concert Reviews

On His Scarlatti Recording

Yevgeny Sudbin is already hailed as potentially one of
the greatest pianists of the 21st century
The Daily Telegraph

This confirms him as one of the most important pianistic talents of our time
Harriet Smith, International Record Review

On His Rachmaninov Recording

From the opening octave cascades to the tender warmth of the first theme, and on to its filigree development, Sudbin’s playing had the delicacy of the composer’s own of this work, and his dynamics were calibrated with comparable finesse. Abetted by Yan Pascal Tortelier and the BBC Philharmonic, the second movement’s Chopinesque mood came gracefully across, while the springtime charm of the closing allegro was irresistible.
Michael Church, The Independent

Few seem as fresh and necessary as this release from this wonder pianist.
CD of the Year
Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph

On His Tchaikovsky/Medtner Piano Concertos Recording

TCHAIKOVSKY RENEWED IN THIS DREAM CONCERTO DEBUT DISC
This is never the Tchaikovsky you have always known but an arrestingly novel rethink with the concentration on mercurial changes of mood and direction. Here, amazingly, is one of the most familiar of all concertos rekindled in all its first glory, brimming over with zest and shorn of all clichés that have adhered to it over the years.
Five Stars
Geoff Brown, The Times

All these performances are flecked with personal touches and brilliances above and beyond even Scriabin’s wildest demands…This, put suitably euphorically, is a disc in a million.
Disc of the Month, Editor’s Choice
Bryce Morrison, Gramophone

Yevgeny Sudbin here miraculously combines the volcanic intensity of Vladimir Horowitz with the cat-and-mouse tonal reflexes of Mikhail Pletnev…it is fascinating to compare the microcosmic hysteria whipped up by the Master with Sudbin’s angst-fuelled sonic explosions, thrillingly offset by an exquisite pearly legato worthy of Scriabin’s great rival, Rachmaninov…Yet for playing as terrifyingly changeable and emotionally all-engulfing as the music itself, Horowitz (RCA & Sony), Ogdon (EMI) and Sudbin truly galvanise the attention.
SCORCHING SCRIABIN FROM SUDBIN
Editor’s Choice
Bryce Morrison, Gramophone

Last month at London’s Wigmore Hall, Yevgeny Sudbin gave a blistering recital which had as its climax the Ninth Piano Sonata by Skryabin…The sheer demonic terror that the performance evoked is recaptured on this superb disc, on which Sudbin asserts his credentials as an interpreter of Skryabin par excellence.

Please visit Mr. Sudbin’s website at http://www.yevgenysudbin.com

Alessandro Deljavan

Recital

June 25, 2016, 6:30pm

Venue - Olivier Music Barn

Pre-concert talk at 5:45pm - Tiara Acoustic Shell

Program

Chopin, Trois Nouvelles Etudes; Etudes, Op. 10; and Etudes, Op. 25

Description

Alessandro Deljavan

“He is one of the most major talents of his age that I have ever heard and one of the few pianists I would go out of my way to hear.”
John Perry, eminent pianist and pedagogue

“He is one of the most interesting pianists I have heard in my life.”
Fou Ts’ong, eminent pianist and pedagogue

Born of an Italian mother and Persian father, Mr. Deljavan began playing piano before the age of two, and gave his first performances at age three.
He has since performed around the world, in Austria, Belgium, China, Columbia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States.

“Italian pianist Alessandro Deljavan made the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto an edge-of-seat experience.”
Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

“His playing is full of intensive power and contagious artistry.”
Dmitri Bashkirov, eminent pianist and pedagogue

Emily Helenbrook, Christopher O’Riley Celebrate:
Composer Anton Garcia Abril

June 25, 2016, 2:00pm

Venue - Sculpture Site, Domo

Pre-concert talk at 1:15pm - Sculpture Site, Domo

Program

Songs and Piano solos including World Premiere of Tippet Rise Songs, a cycle based on poetry by Peter Halstead

Description

Anton Garcia Abril, father

Señor Abril’s music incorporates the street dances of the majos, the “macho” posturings of Bizet in Carmen, of Granados in his Goyescas (Goya is well known for painting The Naked Maja), of Albeniz and Gershwin, encompassed by his innate lyricism and innovative trailblazing.

He was head of composition at the Madrid Conservatory for three decades and has been an essential part of the cultural identity of Catalonia for most of his life; Spain has lavished every honor available on him, including the Gold Medal of the Spanish Film Academy for his work in film.

He has composed over one hundred works inclusing a piano concerto, symphonies, ballets, operas, chamber music, songs, unique Catalan forms, the Hemeroscopium concerto for orchestra. The Hemeroscopium is the place where the sun sets, the offing, the unseeable goal of mariners and dreamers, the offstage realm where the play is written, from which the ghost enters. The mind’s eye. It is also the name of the house that Señor Abril’s son built for his father in order to feature the piano.

Hilary Hahn has recorded one of his violin pieces in her album, 27 Pieces: Hilary Hahn’s Encores.

Christopher Naeme chose him to compose the music to his film Monsieur Quixote, and has said that “Garcia Abril expressed the timelessness, the colours, the awe and romance of Spain.”

Señor Abril has composed seven songs for Tippet Rise, using poems of Peter Halstead, Tippet Rise’s co-founder, and the Montana landscape as his inspiration.

The Abrils’ son, also called Anton Garcia Abril, designed the Domo and the two Portas at Tippet Rise. It is a continuing revelation for us to see the work of the son in the father, and the other way around. To have produced an extraordinary amalgam of architect and artist, simultaneoulsy with such an immense achievement in music, is the highest tribute which can be paid to Anton and Aurea Garcia-Abril.

Here are a few informative sites for their son, Anton, and his team: http://www.ensamble.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY1MiwxzzxU,
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=anton+garcia+abril+youtube

Emily Helenbrook

Performance to take place at the Domo, which is a table, a house, in the mystical shape of a dolmen, where Druids would celebrate the mysteries of the seasons, and where Ms. Helenbrook will pay homage to those monastic modes with the vibrant soprano seguidillas of Catalonia.
Ms. Helenbrook credits her late grandfather Mathew Tworek, a much-admired violinist and former associate concertmaster for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, as her inspiration.

“Together, we put in countless hours at the piano, and he taught me the importance of understanding the music through music theory, musical interpretation, and the fundamentals of the piano. We performed together frequently, and I learned so much about how to be a true musical interpreter and how important it is to, most of all, love what you do.”

Ms. Helenbrook is a dual degree student, pursuing a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance with Professor of Voice Carol Webber, and a Bachelor of Arts in business with a concentration on pre-law.

Jenny Chen

Recital

June 24, 2016, 6:30pm

Venue - Olivier Music Barn

Pre-concert talk at 5:45pm - Tiara Acoustic Shell

Program

Debussy, Feux d’artifice
Debussy, Two Arabesques
Schumann, Allegro, Op. 8
Liszt, Feux Follets
Liszt, Spanish Rhapsody
Bach, Partita No.1 in B-flat major, BMV 825
Mendelssohn, Rondo capriccioso, Op.14
Stravinsky, Trois mouvements de Petrushka

Description

Jenny Chen

Jenny Chen represents a new generation of performers. Her playing is infectious, natural. The energy and insight of her music hasn’t lost the joy of youth, a contradictory mix where the rigors of virtuosity abet, rather than hinder, the spontaneity, the freshness of her musical voice.
She has studied with Anne-Marie McDermott for many years, and is working on her master’s at Yale. She enrolled at Curtis at the age of 11, where she has studied with Gary Graffman and the legendary Eleanor Sokoloff. She has played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Taipei Symphony, and has won many first prizes in national and international competitions.

Ariel String Quartet w/ Nikolai Demidenko

Collaborative Concert

June 18, 2016, 6:30pm

Venue - Olivier Music Barn

Pre-concert talk at 5:45pm - Tiara Acoustic Shell

Program

Brahms: C Minor Piano Quartet

Description

Brahms C Minor Piano Quartet, No. 3, Opus 60 (1875)

The first movement begins with the Clara theme or code, four descending notes, which appear in varying disguises throughout all four movements. Schumann invented this motif to tell Clara he loved her. Brahms had promised Clara he would take care of her after Schumann died of madness, but Brahms instead ran away. For the rest of his life, he devoted pieces to her, marked with the Clara theme, one of the world’s most affecting apologies. This theme can be heard in most of Brahms’ Intermezzi (1892 and on), but it was introduced earlier in this quartet.
The second movement is a series of variations on a theme, which both Beethoven and Shakespeare used as a way of revealing, or “deconstructing” the many patterns concealed in a seemingly simple phrase. Often the first scene of a Shakespeare play is used like a tone row to provide a structure for the rest of the play. The beginning of Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata provides a theme which the entire sonata uses to expand and darken into its final eruptions.

The descending thirds of the third movement are in fact a version of the descending Clara theme, with the “linking” middle notes removed. The musicologist Heinrich Schenker wrote analyses of German music between 1913 and 1921 showing how the “middleman” could be eliminated from music, that is, the transitional notes between structural cairns, the way a non-bearing wall can be removed from a house without the house falling down. What was left was the quintessence of a piece.
The ascending theme of the fourth movement is simply the descending theme of the first movement inverted, that is, played backwards.

Ariel String Quartet Celebrates:
Artist Stephen Talasnik’s Pioneer

June 18, 2016, 2:00pm

Venue - Olivier Music Barn

Pre-concert talk at 1:15pm - Tiara Acoustic Shell

Program

Aaron Jay Kernis: Musica celestis
John Adams: Shaker Loops

Description

Ariel String Quartet

The Ariel has been in residence at the New England Conservatory, Ravinia, Caramoor, Itzhak Perlman’s summer festival. Mentored by Perlman, performing with the legendary Menahem Pressler, who infused the Beaux Arts Trio with his lush authenticity, they have a glowing international reputation despite their youth, and are renowned for their energy, depth, and utter musicality.

Please visit their website at http://www.arielquartet.com/the-quartet/.

Aaron Jay Kernis

Musica celestis (1990) is the descendant of the Barber Adagio. Written in mourning for the Gulf War, it vibrates with compressed life, with the midsummer stillness which art requires, and which war denies. Mr. Kernis’s work is a kaleidoscope of entertaining references, exciting to listen to, always deepened by the jungle of age-old harmony which swirls around the charming parts, as if the characters in a Monet decided to sing Piaf.

Musica celestis is the second movement of Mr. Kernis’s First String Quartet.
Mr. Kernis studied with John Adams, Charles Wuorinen, and Mort Subotnick. He has won Grammys, the Pulitzer, the Rome Prize.

Please visit his website at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Jay_Kernis

John Adams

Shaker Loops (1978)
This piece was originally called Wavemaker. Many of John Adams’ pieces feature repetitive Balinese gamelan ostinatos (wave-like undulations) that mesmerize the audience like a snake charmer, and minuscule changes in the pattern become major events, so we end up hearing micronotes, the way Asians do.

“The ‘waves’ of Wavemaker were to be long sequences of oscillating melodic cells that created a rippling, shimmering complex of patterns like the surface of a slightly agitated pond or lake….The ‘loops’ idea was a technique from the era of tape music where small lengths of prerecorded tape attached end to end could repeat melodic or rhythmic figures ad infinitum The Shakers got into the act partly as a pun on the musical term “to shake”, meaning either to make a tremolo with the bow across the string or else to trill rapidly from one note to another.”
I. Shaking and Trembling
II. Hymning Slews
III. Loops and Verses
IV. A Final Shaking

You can read an essay about the piece and find more information about John Adams at http://www.earbox.com/shaker-loops/

Nikolai Demidenko

Recital

June 17, 2016, 6:30pm

Venue - Olivier Music Barn

Pre-concert talk at 5:45pm - Tiara Acoustic Shell

Program

Two-part recital to include a selection of waltzes and mazurkas by Chopin and the Ballade No. 1 and B minor Sonata of Liszt

Description

Hear Chopin and Liszt the way they heard themselves, in the kind of room they wrote for, played by their legendary interpreter. This is the only room of its kind in the United States.

“Recordings are an essential part of my life, which I use partly as a reference. The way we play is a reflection of our life, and we can’t play like pianists in the 1930s because it’s a different life… You take encouragement from previous ages, but then you have to make your own decisions.”

Mr. Demidenko’s Chopin emerges from the layers of despair and fragmentation a modern pianist brings to the wrought-iron filigree of Haussmann’s Paris.
Mr. Demidenko rarely performs in the United States; this is an extraordinary opportunity to hear him.

From a review of his Prokofiev Second Concerto with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra:
“It is a huge cadenza not only for its duration: the brilliant arpeggios, the crossing of hands and other elements of brilliance that Prokofiev wrote on his own honor and glory were resolved with impeccable technique and profound musicality by Demidenko. Then, the playful irony of the Scherzo, the mock solemnity of the intermezzo and its virtuosic elements - those electrifying glissandi of the right hand with his left hand arpeggios- and the dense and growing intensity of the final Allegro tempestuoso, rounded a version of reference that will remain in the memory of the audience of A Coruña for a long time…”

But it is not just his Prokofiev, his Rachmaninoff, his Chopin, his Liszt, his Tchaikovsky, his Busoni transcriptions. With a catalogue of 36 albums, his live Masterworks concerts, his Bach and Beethoven captivate Europe.

Please visit Mr. Demidenko’s website at http://www.demidenko.net/biography.