February 21, 2012

92nd Street Y and 92Y Director of Tisch Center for the Arts Hanna Arie-Gaifman today announced the institution's 2012/13 concert season, which encompasses an intriguing collection of repertoire by living composers alongside classical music's historic figures, works heard for the first time in New York, and appearances by 92Y favorites along with new artists making their institutional debuts. In addition to being the home of Kaufmann Concert Hall, one of the city's most acoustically inviting halls, the continued breadth and creativity of 92Y's programming reinforces its reputation as one of New York City's most important artistic and cultural centers.

Central to Dr. Arie-Gaifman's programming is her dual commitment to the world-class artists that return to 92Y season after season, as well as to musicians being introduced to 92Y audiences for the first time. Dr. Arie-Gaifman also understands the power in juxtaposing the works of classical music's founding fathers with living composers. Over the course of a season in which musical giant Johann Sebastian Bach is prominently celebrated, Arie-Gaifman also programs the works of 24 living composers, including Thomas Adès, Lera Auerbach, Phil Kline, Thomas Larcher, Arvo Pärt, Bright Sheng, Roberto Sierra, Jörg Widmann and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, among many others. Three of these living composers-Marc-André Hamelin, Benjamin Verdery and Jörg Widmann-appear at 92Y this season in performances of their original works.

In addition, every performance at 92Y benefits from the freedom that Hanna Arie-Gaifman provides artists when working with them to design their programs. "I do not want musicians who come here to be bound by any strict parameters," Arie-Gaifman states. "I want them to pursue themes that are of interest to them, to ask questions of themselves and of their listeners, and to ultimately realize their own unique visions. One of the great joys of music is how profoundly personal it is for each individual, and it is my hope that performing in this hall gives artists a unique opportunity to tell audiences what moves them. In this way, it becomes a beautiful learning experience for everyone involved."

Examples of such inspired programs are evident throughout the 2012/13 season:

- András Schiff presents a trademark examination of J.S. Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier
- Christian Tetzlaff and Alexander Lonquich juxtapose the works of Mozart and Jörg Widmann in the new Contrasts series
- Julian Rachlin examines the evolution of Brahms' violin and viola sonatas in his own pair of concerts
- The Masters of the Keyboard and Distinguished Artists in Recital concerts consistently showcase today's major performing artists in intimate recitals of their own programming
- The artists of Chamber Music at 92Y and the Tokyo String Quartet curate concerts that illustrate the rich variety of sounds that even small ensembles can create
Art of the Guitar takes audiences through the centuries and around the world to showcase the instrument's versatility and universal appeal.

92Y welcomes a number of artists making their debuts in 2012/13, including pianists Cristina Barbuti and Lars Vogt, Beijing Guitar Duo, Parker String Quartet, violinist/violist Julian Rachlin, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff and clarinetist/composer Jörg Widmann. Pianist Inon Barnatan and guitarist Raphaella Smits make their 92Y solo recital debuts, and New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert and Bach Collegium Japan founder Masaaki Suzuki appear at 92Y for the first time in an enlightening discussion on the various ways in which J.S. Bach's works have been interpreted, performed and reimagined over the years.

Reflecting 92Y's commitment to presenting the work of living composers, the season includes eight New York premieres, several of which are 92Y commissions. In November 2012, Peter Serkin and the Shanghai String Quartet perform the New York premiere of Bright Sheng's Dance Capriccio. January 2013 sees the first New York performance of Lera Auerbach's string quartet-a 92Y co-commission performed by the Tokyo String Quartet-and pianist Marc-André Hamelin plays his own Variations on a Theme by Paganini. Violinist Jennifer Koh includes a new work and 92Y co-commission by Phil Kline on her Distinguished Artists in Recitalprogram in March 2013. The Art of the Guitar series also includes a number of New York premieres this season: the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs a 92Y co-commission by Carlos Rafael Rivera, and Manuel Barrueco's recital program features premieres by Roberto Sierra and Sérgio Assad. Pianist Lars Vogt rounds out the season's New York premieres with excerpts from Thomas Larcher's Poems.

Subscription ticket packages for 92Y's 2012/13 are now on sale.  For more information, please visit www.92Y.org/Concerts or call the 92Y Box Office at 212-415-5500.

For a full list of programs, please click here.


92nd Street Y is a world-class nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people at every stage of life to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness, and Jewish life. Through the breadth and depth of 92Y's extraordinary programs, we enrich lives, create community and elevate humanity.  More than 300,000 people visit 92Y's New York City venues annually, and millions more join us through the Internet, satellite broadcasts and other digital media. A proudly Jewish organization since its founding in 1874, 92Y embraces its heritage and enthusiastically welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives.  92Y is an open door to extraordinary worlds.

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