September 5, 2017
92Y October Concerts

OPENING NIGHT: Mischa Maisky Celebrates 70th Birthday
with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

92Y’s 17-18 season opens on October 5 with internationally renowned cellist Mischa Maisky joining the “amazing precision” (Huffington Post) of the notably conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which returns to 92Y for the first time in 15 years, to celebrate the cellist’s 70th birthday season. Together, they open 92Y’s illustrious concert season with Schubert’s beloved “Arpeggione” Sonata, arranged for cello and string orchestra by Dobrinka Tabakova, as well as Arensky’s Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.  Acclaimed for the sheer intensity and vigor of his performances, Maisky has the distinct honor of being the only cellist in the world to have studied under both Gregor Piatigorsky and Mstislav Rostropovich.  The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is renowned as one of the foremost chamber orchestras in the world, with more than 70 albums in its sprawling discography since its founding in 1972.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 8PM
92Y - Kaufmann Concert Hall

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Mischa Maisky,
ARENSKY Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, Op 35a
SCHUBERT “Arpeggione” Sonata in A minor, for cello and string orchestra (arr. D. Tabakova US Premiere)
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings, Op. 48


Esencias: The Music of Flamenco Guitar with Paco Peña

In his only New York City performance this season, flamenco guitarist Paco Peña returns to 92Y with special guests Rafael Montilla and José Fernández for a musical evening which explores and celebrates the technical virtuosity and quintessential Spanish passion which audiences around the world have come to associate with flamenco culture. Mr. Peña, who in 2012 was awarded a Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts, has been praised by The New York Times for his, “rapid-fire flourishes with a colorist’s sense of shading; this listener cannot recall hearing any guitarist with a more assured mastery of his instrument.”  This Special Event is a reflection of 92Y’s longstanding commitment to presenting many of the world’s finest and most acclaimed guitarists to New York audiences.

Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 8 PM
92Y - Kaufmann Concert Hall
Paco Peña, 
With special guests Rafael Montilla and José Fernández, guitar


Borodin Quartet Features Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Schubert

Described by the Daily Telegraph Australia as “the Russian grand masters,” the Borodin Quartet is universally recognized for its authentic interpretations of Russian music, generating critical acclaim all over the world.  Founded in 1945 in Moscow, the Quartet’s performances the chamber music of Shostakovich are widely regarded as definitive, as the composer personally supervised its study of his quartets.  After extensive tours with the complete cycles of Shostakovich’s quartets all over the world, in 2017-18, the ensemble returns to 92Y with broader repertoire including works by Schubert and Tchaikovsky, in addition to its legendary performances of Shostakovich’s Quartets No. 13 and No. 6, which BBC Music Magazine opines “the players know Shostakovich's moods inside out, and deliver them with clear textures, crisp articulation, and plenty of Russian soul.”

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm
92Y - Kaufmann Concert Hall
Borodin Quartet

 Quartet in C minor, D. 703, “Quartettsatz”
TCHAIKOVSKY: Album for the Young, Op. 39 (arr. R. Dubinsky)
SHOSTAKOVICH:  Quartet No. 6 in G major, Op. 101
SHOSTAKOVICH: Quartet No. 13 in B-flat minor, Op. 138


Masters of the Keyboard: Nikolai Lugansky

Moscow-native Nikolai Lugansky is renowned throughout the classical piano world for his intense attention to musical detail and technique while constantly exuding artistic intelligence and fortitude.  With a particular affinity for the Romantic composers - Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff to name a few in Lugansky’s extensive discography -  he returns to 92Y performing many of the most beloved works in the Romantic repertoire written for piano.  Of his last appearance at 92Y, The New York Times applauded Lugansky’s performance: “In some ways, his virtuosic playing bears the hallmarks of the Russian Romantic heritage: rich singing tone, depth of sound, roomy expressive freedom.”

Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3 PM
92Y - Kaufmann Concert Hall
Nikolai Lugansky
, piano

SCHUMANN Kinderszenen, Op. 15
CHOPIN Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60
CHOPIN Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
RACHMANINOFF Selected Preludes, Op. 23 & 32


Tickets are available at or 212-415-5500.
Ticket prices subject to change.

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