June 2, 2015
92Y Introduces New Concert Series

92nd Street Y has announced a new concert series, Soundspace, for the 2015-16 season to be presented in the relaxed atmosphere of 92Y's Buttenwieser HallSoundspace presents 11 concerts featuring distinguished artists, new works and 92Y commissions.

The artists – soloists, duos, quartets – bring programs that reflect their personal vision to Soundspace, whether it’s a new take on “variations on a theme” or chatting directly with the audience. This series brings artists and audiences closer together as 92Y re-imagines the classical music experience for the 21st century in the inviting atmosphere of 92Y’s Buttenwieser Hall. The series features hand-picked artists and adventurous repertoire in a friendly, informal environment where artists, composers and audience can discover new music and new interpretations of familiar repertoire on a more personal and immediate level.

This season, Soundspace will showcase unique programs of Jewish folk-inspired and Czech music with the Daedalus Quartet and members of SPEAKmusic, and will present acclaimed pianist-composer Matan Porat in his 92Y debut performing a visionary program of 24 works succession spanning 300 years that all use the same motif. The St. Lawrence String Quartet illuminates Haydn's "The Joke" Quartet with live commentary by the quartet's violinist Geoff Nuttall. Additionally, 92Y has commissioned a new work by Derek Bermel to be performed in its NYC premiere by the  exceptionally talented JACK Quartet.

Soundspace also welcomes violinist Jennifer Koh, a longtime 92Y collaborator and one of today’s most innovative musicians. She illustrates Beethoven's lasting influence with her four-concert residency “Bridge to Beethoven.” She and pianist Shai Wosner perform all of the composer's violin sonatas - along with new works by contemporary composers - from a variety of cultural backgrounds that respond to these specific sonatas.

Now in its second season, “Sir András Schiff Selects: Young Pianists” reflects both 92Y's and Schiff’s dedication to championing the next generation of performers by inviting promising young pianists, who have already garnered critical acclaim overseas, to make their US debuts at 92Y in programs of their choosing. For Soundspace this season, Sir András Schiff has hand-selected three pianists to perform in this intimate series, which has been part of an international initiative on Schiff’s part to nurture and introduce young artists

Schedule of events

Monday, October 26, 2015 at 8:30 PM
Bridge to Beethoven I
Jennifer Koh, violin
Shai Wosner, piano

BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 12, No. 1
VIJAY IYER Bridgetower Fantasy (NYC premiere) 
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 12, No. 2
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer”

Monday, November 2, 2015 at 8:30 PM
Czech Music: Celebrating the New and Newly Discovered
Daedalus Quartet
with members of SPEAKmusic

MARTINŮ Fantasie for Theremin, Oboe, Piano and Strings
ULLMANN String Quartet No. 3
CĺLKOVÁ New work (World premiere)
String Quartet No. 5, Op. 63 "In Memory of Marc Chagall"
JEŽEK Bugatti Step

Post-concert discussion with Deborah Bradley-Kramer (SPEAKmusic) and interview with Zuzana Justman, sister of Jiri Pick.

Monday, December 7, 2015 at 8:30 PM
Bridge to Beethoven II
Jennifer Koh, violin
Shai Wosner, piano

BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata in A minor, Op. 23 
JÖRG WIDMANN Sommersonate (“Summer Sonata”) 
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 24, “Spring”

Monday, January 25, 2016 at 8:30 PM
Variations on a Theme by Scarlatti
Matan Porat, piano (92Y debut)


Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8:30 PM
Sir András Schiff Selects: Young Pianists 

Schaghajegh Nosrati, piano


Monday, March 21, 2016 at 8:30 PM
Bridge to Beethoven III

Jennifer Koh, violin
Shai Wosner, piano

BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 12, No. 3
ANTHONY CHEUNG New work (NYC premiere) 
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata in G major, Op. 96

Monday, March 28, 2016 at 8:30 PM
Sir András Schiff Selects: Young Pianists
Julian Clef, piano


Monday, April 11, 2016 at 8:30 PM
Echoes of the Russian Jewish Folk Music Society
Daedalus Quartet

with members of SPEAKmusic

ACHRON Hebrew Melody, op. 33
WEINBERG String Quartet, Op. 55
CHASON GOLDFINGER New work (US premiere)
YAIR KLARTAG New work (NY premiere)
KREIN Caprice hébraïque, Op. 24
WEINBERG Canzonetta
WEINBERG The Maypole

Post-concert discussion of the newly discovered works of Jacob Weinberg by Deborah Bradley-Kramer (SPEAKmusic), with Ellen Mausner Weinberg and Weinberg's granddaughter

Monday, April 18, 2016 at 8:30 PM
Haydn Discovery
St. Lawrence String Quartet

HAYDN String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 33, No. 2 "The Joke" 
with live commentary by Geoff Nutall

Monday, May 2, 2016 at 8:30 PM
Sir András Schiff Selects: Young Pianists
Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula, piano


Monday, May 23, 2016 at 8:30 PM
JACK Quartet

DEREK BERMEL New work (92Y commission; NY premiere)
other works TBA

Single Subscription tickets for 92Y’s 2015/16 season are now on sale. For more information, please visit www.92Y.org/Concerts or call the 92Y Box Office at 212-415-5500.

92nd Street Y is a world-class, nonprofit cultural and community center that fosters the mental, physical and spiritual health of people throughout their lives, offering: wide-ranging conversations with the world’s best minds; outstanding programming in the performing, visual and literary arts; fitness and sports programs; and activities for children and families. 92Y is the home of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving launched in 2012. More than 300,000 people visit 92Y annually; millions more participate in 92Y’s digital and online initiatives. A proudly Jewish organization since its founding in 1874, 92Y embraces its heritage and welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives. For more information, visitwww.92Y.org.

As Director of 92nd Street Y's Tisch Center for the Arts, Hanna Arie-Gaifman oversees 92Y’s concert series and Unterberg Poetry Center. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Hanna's directorship. During her tenure, Hanna has introduced a number of new concert series, including Art of the Guitar, Words & Music and Family Music, as well as initiated over 80 premieres of new works and over 30 92Y commissions. Ms. Gaifman also oversees 92Y's Unterberg Poetry Center, which presents a world-renowned reading series featuring established and emerging novelists, poets, playwrights and biographers reading from and discussing their work; programs that examine the role of the critic; and staged readings, verse dramas and dramatic adaptations of literary texts

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