February 12, 2016
92Y March Concerts
Art of the Guitar:
David Russell Performs NY Premiere by Stephen Goss

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:30 PM
92Y - Kaufmann Concert Hall
David Russell, guitar

Now in its fifteenth season, 92nd Street Y’s acclaimed Art of the Guitar series has become one of the most esteemed concert series in New York to champion classical guitar repertoire and the instrument's foremost artists. Grammy Award-winning guitarist David Russell returns to 92Y with a centuries-spanning program of Bach, Tárrega, Mompou, and a new work dedicated to him by Welsh composer Stephen Goss, professor of guitar at the Royal Academy of Music in London, inspired by the medieval pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela.

MOMPOUSuite compostelana
STEPHEN GOSSCantigas de Santiago (dedicated to David and María Russell; New York premiere)
J.S. BACH: Partita No. 1, BWV 825 (transcribed by Gerhard Reichenbach)
TÁRREGAGran jota

Admission includes pre-concert talk with Art of the Guitar artistic director Benjamin Verdery of Yale University one hour before the performance.

Tickets:  $25, 35, 50, 60
Artist Website: David Russell

Steven Isserlis, cello and Stephen Hough, piano:
Featuring NYC Premiere of Hough’s “Les Adieux”

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 8 PM
92Y - Kaufmann Concert Hall
Steven Isserlis, cello
Stephen Hough, piano

Named by The Economist as one of 20 Living Polymaths, British pianist Stephen Hough has led a distinguished career as both a leading concert pianist as well as composer. Mr. Hough is joined by internationally acclaimed cellist Steven Isserlis. With over 20 years of collaborations together, the pair will perform works by Josef Suk, Dvoƙák, and Grieg, the popular Arpeggione sonata by Schubert, and the New York City premiere of Hough’s composition Sonata for Cello and Piano, Left Hand, “Les Adieux”, dedicated to Steven Isserlis.

DVORAKWaldesruhe, Op. 68, No. 5
SUK: Ballade and Serenade for Cello and Piano, Op. 3
SCHUBERT: Sonata in A Minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821
HOUGH: Sonata for Cello and Piano, Left Hand, “Les Adieux” (dedicated to S. Isserlis; NYC premiere)
GRIEG: Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36

Tickets: $25, 35, 50, 60
Artist Websites: 
Steven IsserlisStephen Hough

92Y Debuts of Mandolinist Avi Avital & Friends:
Between Worlds

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 8 PM
92Y - Kaufmann Concert Hall
Between Worlds
Avi Avital, mandolin (92Y debut)
Ksenija Sidorova, accordion (92Y debut)
Itamar Doari, percussion (92Y debut)

This season’s Art of the Guitar series also showcases the 92Y debut of Grammy-nominated Israeli mandolinist superstar Avi Avital and his dazzling program Between Worlds, along with 92Y debuts of Ksenija Sidorova on the accordion and percussionist Itamar Doari in a concert that explores the borders between folk and classical music. Between Worldsranges from Baroque Bach to traditional Turkish and Israeli folk songs, and also includes a co-arrangement by Mr. Avital of Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.

BARTÓK: Six Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, BB 68
Traditional TurkishNaciye Naciye
BACH: Allegro, from the Sonata in G major, BWV 1019
Traditional Bukharan/IsraeliMi Yitneni Of
BACH: Sarabande from the Overture in the French Style, BWV 831
Traditional BulgarianBucimis
TSINTSADZE: Three Miniatures based on Georgian Folk Themes
BLOCH: Nigun from Baal-Shem
KREISLER: Praeludium and Allegro (“in the style of Pugnani”)
DE FALLASiete Canciones Populares Españolas
VILLA-LOBOS: Aria (Cantilena) from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
BUDASHKIN: Concerto in A minor
All arrangements by Avi Avital, Ksenija Sidorova and Itamar Doari.

Admission includes pre-concert talk with Art of the Guitar artistic director Benjamin Verdery of Yale University one hour before the performance.

Tickets: $25, 35, 45, 55
Artist Websites: 
Avi AvitalItamar DoariKsenija Sidorova

Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner’s Season-Long
Four-Concert Residency Continues

Monday, March 21, 2016 at 8:30 PM
92Y - Buttenwieser Hall
Bridge to Beethoven, Part III
Jennifer Koh, violin
Shai Wosner, piano

Over 180 years after his death, Beethoven remains one of the most frequently performed composers in classical music concerts across the globe. It is no surprise that his music has continued to influence and inspire generations of composers and musicians, including the leading composers of today. Named Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year, violinist Jennifer Koh illustrates the composer’s lasting influence with her four-concert residency “Bridge to Beethoven,” in which she and pianist Shai Wosner perform all of Beethoven’s violin sonatas, along with new works by contemporary composers from a variety of cultural and stylistic backgrounds. Ms. Koh asked composers Vijay Iyer, Andrew Norman, and Anthony Cheung, all of whom she has worked with before, to write new pieces that would serve as companions to Beethoven’s existing violin sonatas. The March 21 concert features the NYC premiere of Anthony Cheung’s Elective Memory.

“Bridge to Beethoven” is a part of 92Y’s new series Soundspace, which takes place in the intimate Buttenwieser Hall. This series brings artists and audiences closer together as 92Y re-imagines the classical music experience for the 21st century. Personally selected artists introduce adventurous repertoire in this 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.

BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 12, No. 3
ANTHONY CHEUNG: Elective Memory (New York City premiere)
BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata in G major, Op. 96

Tickets: $15 (35 and under), 25, 30
Artist Websites: 
Jennifer KohShai Wosner

Pianist Stephen Hough Gives 92Y Solo Recital Debut,
Including NY Premiere 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM
92Y - Kaufmann Concert Hall
Stephen Hough, piano (92Y solo recital debut)

The Guardian describes Stephen Hough's artistry as "the most perfect piano-playing conceivable." Mr. Hough combines an exceptional facility and tonal palette with a uniquely inquisitive musical personality, and his achievements have resulted in many awards and accolades for his concerts and a discography of more than fifty recordings. In addition to his “Distinguished Artists” recital with cellist Steven Isserlis on March 15, Stephen Hough will perform a solo recital that includes the New York premiere of his own Sonata III (Trinitas). Other works on the program are Liszt's Transcendental Etudes Nos. 10-11, as well as Franck's Prelude, Chorale and Fugue.

SCHUBERT: Sonata in A Minor, D 784
FRANCK: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue
HOUGH: Sonata III (Trinitas) (New York premiere)
LISZTValses oubliées Nos. 1 and 2
LISZTTranscendental Etudes Nos. 11, “Harmonies du soir” and 10, Allegro agitato molto

Tickets: $25, 35, 50, 60
Artist Website: Stephen Hough

Sir András Schiff Selects: Young Pianists –
Julian Clef’s U.S. Debut 

Monday, March 28, 2016 at 8:30 PM
92Y - Buttenwieser Hall
Sir András Schiff Selects: Young Pianists
Julian Clef, piano (US debut)

Now in its second season, “Sir András Schiff Selects: Young Pianists” reflects both 92Y and Sir András’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. This season, Sir András Schiff has hand-selected three pianists to perform in this intimate series at 92Y’s Buttenwieser Hall, including Julian Clef in works by Brahms, Beethoven, and Prokofiev. Sir András remembers, “When I first heard Julian Clef at a masterclass playing Beethoven’s ‘Apassionata,’ his performance moved me profoundly.”

Julian Clef, currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, is fast emerging as a pianist of exceptional promise. In January 2015 he gave his debut at London’s Royal Festival Hall performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Michael Collins. Under the tutelage of Sir András Schiff, Mr. Clef performs a series of recitals throughout the 2015-16 taking him to Berlin, Zurich and Brussels in addition to 92Y.

BRAHMS: Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”
PROKOFIEV: Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, Op. 84

Tickets: $15 (35 and under), 25, 30
Artist Website: 
Julian Clef

Tickets are available at www.92Y.org/Concerts or 212-415-5500.
Ticket prices subject to change.

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