January 9, 2017
92Y February Concerts

Gidon Kremer Joins Kremerata Baltica for
70th Birthday Celebration in “Russia: Masks & Faces”

Kremerata Baltica returns, with Gidon Kremer as soloist, to 92Y for a program celebrating Kremer’s 70th birthday. This evening’s multimedia program, “Russia: Masks & Faces” reflects Kremer’s personal take on Russia today and its artistic heritage, featuring the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, Polish-Russian composer Mieczys┼éaw WeinbergTchaikovsky and Valentin Silverstrov, as well as Mussorgsky, whose Pictures at an Exhibition is arranged for chamber orchestra and features visuals of original paintings by Russian artist, writer and social commentator Maxim Kantor. A pre-concert talk with Gidon Kremer will be held at 7 pm, with journalist and musicologist Solomon Volkov (editor of Testimonial: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich).

In 1997, renowned violinist Gidon Kremer presented the first-ever performance by Kremerata Baltica, a new chamber orchestra comprising outstanding young players from the Baltic states—Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia—selected by Kremer through a rigorous audition process. Since then, the group has become known for its adventurous and creative programming and its acclaimed recordings.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 8 pm
Kaufmann Concert Hall

Distinguished Artists
Kremerata Baltica
Gidon Kremer, violin
Maxim Kantor, artist

ARVO PÄRTFratres for violin and string orchestra
WEINBERG: Chamber Symphony No. 4 for string orchestra and clarinet, Op. 153

“Russia: Masks & Faces” (with projected paintings by Maxim Kantor):

TCHAIKOVSKYSérénade mélancolique for violin and strings, Op. 26 (arr. by L.Desyatnikov)
MUSSORGSKYPictures at an Exhibition (arr. for string orchestra by J. Cohen and A. Pushkarev)
VALENTIN SILVESTROV: Serenade for solo violin

Tickets: $25, 40, 45, 55

Artist Websites: Gidon KremerKremerata BalticaMaxim Kantor


Christian Tetzlaff, violin and Lars Vogt, piano

In their first 92Y appearance as a duo, distinguished violinist Christian Tetzlaff and frequent collaborator, pianist Lars Vogt present a recital that includes masterworks of Viennese Classicism (Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert), plus Bartók at the height of his powers. Tetzlaff’s recent trio album with his sister, Tanja Tetzlaff, and Vogt was nominated for a 2016 Grammy. Of a duo performance in 2013, the Chicago Tribune commented that, “Whatever the time period and style of the music, violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt excelled.”

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Kaufmann Concert Hall
Distinguished Artists 
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Lars Vogt, piano

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 7 for Violin and Piano in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2
BARTÓK: Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano, Sz. 76
MOZART: Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major, K. 377/374e
SCHUBERT: Rondo in B minor, D. 895

Tickets: $25, 40, 50, 60

Artist Websites: Christian TetzlaffLars Vogt


Elias String Quartet Gives 92Y Debut

Of the Elias String Quartet, the Philadelphia Inquirer remarked, “Few quartets at any stage of their evolution have this much personality” and “this is real quartet playing…in every way a single stunning organism.” The Boston Musical Intelligencer commended: “the most satisfyingly and electrically alert performance of a Beethoven quartet that I have ever heard.”

Formed while the artists were students together at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, the Elias has garnered rave reviews of its live performances and recordings from press around the globe. Known for their critically-acclaimed complete Beethoven cycles, presented in Wigmore Hall and elsewhere throughout the UK and the US, the Elias String Quartet’s 92Y debut features Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 with the original Grosse Fuge finale, Op. 133. The Elias explains, “Fugal writing in its various forms is a prominent feature of this program. [Works by Purcell and Bartók] lay the ground for the Grosse Fuge at the other end of the program, where Beethoven takes us into one of the most challenging fugues of all.”

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 8 pm
Kaufmann Concert Hall

Chamber Ensembles 
Elias String Quartet (92Y debut)

PURCELL: Fantasia No. 9 in A minor, Z. 740
PURCELL: Fantasia No. 11 in G major, Z. 742
BARTÓK: String Quartet No. 4
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130, with Grosse Fuge finale, Op. 133

Tickets: $25, 40, 45, 55

Artist Website: Elias String Quartet


92Y’s Sixth Guitar Marathon:
“The Innovation of Transcriptions”

92Y’s sixth all-day Guitar Marathon, The Innovation of Transcriptions, takes place in two parts on February 25, featuring a roster of the world’s greatest classical guitarists in performances of groundbreaking transcriptions that push the boundaries of their instrument—from Rhapsody in Blue to works by Mussorgsky and Philip Glass. The New York Times called the Guitar Marathon “a refuge for classical-gui  tar aficionados… that, since 2004, has brought together established players and hot newcomers, usually in carefully assembled thematic programs.” This year’s marathon participants include Sérgio & Odair AssadEden-Stell DuoPaul Galbraith and Benjamin Verdery, among others, as well as the 92Y debuts of the Brasil Guitar Duo, Jorge Caballero, Dublin Guitar Quartet and the VIDA Quartet. This program includes tributes to the influential and beloved French guitarist, composer and arranger Roland Dyens, who passed away in October 2016.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2 pm      
Kaufmann Concert Hall  

Guitar Marathon: The Innovation of Transcriptions – Session 1
Benjamin Verdery, guitar & artistic director
John Schaefer, host

Brasil Guitar Duo (92Y debut)
Jorge Caballero (92Y debut)
Eden Stell Guitar Duo
Benjamin Verdery
Ana Vidovic

Program includes:

MOZART: Adagio in B minor, K. 540 (arr. B. Verdery)
TAKEMITSU: Selections from 12 Songs for Guitar (transcriptions of pop songs)
VILLA-LOBOS: Aria from Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 (arr. R. Dyens)
POULENC: Suite in C major (arr, C. Stell for guitar duo)
MOMPOU: Selections from Cançons i Danses (arr, C. Stell for guitar duo)

Selected songs (arr. B. Verdery):
PRINCEKiss (arr. B. Verdery)

MUSSORGSKYPictures at an Exhibition (trans. K. Yamashita for solo guitar)

Tickets: $25, 36, 40.50, 49.50 (separate tickets required for each session)

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8 pm
Kaufmann Concert Hall

Guitar Marathon: The Innovation of Transcriptions – Session 2
Benjamin Verdery, guitar & artistic director
John Schaefer, host

Sergio & Odair Assad
Dublin Guitar Quartet (92Y debut)
Paul Galbraith
VIDA Guitar Quartet (92Y debut)
Max Zuckerman

Program includes:

BACH: Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825 (arr. M. Zukerman)
HAYDN: Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor, Hob. XVI:36 (arr. P. Galbraith)
RAMEAU: Selections from Pièces de clavecin (trans. S. Assad for guitar duo)
PHILIP GLASS: Saxophone Quartet (arr. Dublin Guitar Quartet)
URMAS SISASK: Selections from 12 Songs in Honor of the Virgin Mary (arr. Dublin Guitar Quartet)           

Selected songs (arr. R. Dyens for solo guitar):
PIAF / MONNOT: “Hymne à l’amour”
VIAN / GORAGUER: “La Java des bombes atomiques”
HARBURG / ARLEN: “Over the Rainbow”

GERSHWINRhapsody in Blue (arr. C. Stell for guitar quartet)

Tickets: $25, 44, 49.50 (separate tickets required for each session)

Artist Websites: Sergio & Odair AssadBrasil Guitar DuoJorge CaballeroDublin Guitar QuartetEden Stell Guitar DuoPaul GalbraithBenjamin VerderyVIDA Guitar QuartetMax ZuckermanAna Vidovic

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