November 9, 2017
Isbin, Upshaw, Denk Perform at 92Y in December

Art of the Guitar: 92Y Welcomes Sharon Isbin and
Special Guest, Colin Davin

Now in its seventeenth season, 92nd Street Y’s acclaimed Art of the Guitar series has become one of the most revered, “consistently satisfying series” (The New Yorker) in New York to champion classical guitar repertoire and the instrument's foremost artists. The upcoming season features four diverse concerts with world-renowned musicians and a fascinating variety of repertoire. Opening the series is “The pre-eminent guitarist of our time” (Boston MagazineSharon Isbin on December 2. Presenting a diverse program inspired by the lively guitar music in Spain, Latin America, and tango culture, Ms. Isbin invites former student and emerging young star Colin Davin to make his 92Y debut, playing duets with his mentor.  Below is a recent video of Isbin and Davin performing The Departed: Three Pieces for Two Guitars by Howard Shore:

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 8 PM
92Y - Kaufmann Concert Hall
Sharon Isbin
, guitar
With special guest Colin Davin, guitar (92Y debut)

GRANADOS Danza española, Op. 37, No. 5 “Andaluza”
TÁRREGA Capricho árabe
TAN DUN Seven Desires for Guitar
ALBÉNIZ Mallorca; Asturias
MONTAÑA Porro from Suite Colombiana No. 2
HOWARD SHORE The Departed: Three Pieces for Two Guitars
LAURO Waltz No. 3, “Natalia”
RODRIGO Aranjuez, ma pensée
GRANADOS Danza española, Op. 37, No. 2, “Oriental”
DE FALLA  Danza española from La vida breve

Tickets: from $45
Artist Websites: Sharon IsbinColin Davin

A free pre-concert talk begins one hour before each Art of the Guitar concert.  These talks are led by the guitar series director, Benjamin Verdery, who also serves as director and chair of the Guitar Department of the Yale School of Music.


Dawn Upshaw Makes Rare 92Y Appearance, Joins
Brentano String Quartet

Founded in 1992, the Brentano Quartet recently celebrated its 25th anniversary season. Praised by the Independent (London) as “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” and The New York Times for its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism,” the Brentano String Quartet succeeded the Tokyo as quartet-in-residence at Yale School of Music in 2014. For their 92Y appearance this season, the Quartet is joined by internationally renowned soprano and the five-time Grammy Award winner Dawn Upshaw for a unique program that plays with the relationships between consonance and dissonance, musically and dramatically.  Below is a video of the Brentano Quartet at their most recent 92Y performance.

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 3:00 pm
92Y - Kaufmann Concert Hall
Brentano String Quartet
Dawn Upshaw
, soprano

MOZART Quartet in C major, K. 465, “Dissonance”
RESPIGHI Il tramonto, for string quartet and soprano
SCHUBERT Five Minuets, D. 89, interspersed with WEBERN: Six Bagatelles, Op. 9
SCHOENBERG Quartet No. 2 in F-sharp minor, for string quartet and soprano, Op. 10

Tickets: from $45
Artist Websites: Brentano Quartet, Dawn Upshaw


Jeremy Denk Returns to 92Y

The extent of Jeremy Denk’s accomplishments as a pianist and singularly thoughtful artist cannot be understated; Denk was a recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and the Avery Fisher Prize, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and named Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the year in 2014.  A longtime friend and colleague of 92Y and frequent guest of their concert series, Denk returns to 92Y as a soloist with a deeply gratifying program of some of the vital, and virtuosic, repertoire for solo piano.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 8 PM
92Y - Kaufmann Concert Hall
Jeremy Denk, 

MOZART Rondo in A minor, K. 511
PROKOFIEV Visions fugitives
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
SCHUMANN Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13

Tickets: from $50
Artist Website: Jeremy Denk

HERE is a video of Denk performing Ives at 92nd Street Y in 2011.

Tickets are available at or 212-415-5500.

Ticket prices subject to change.

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