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August 18, 2016
ASPECT Foundation: New York Debut Series

Making its home in New York for the first time since its inception, ASPECT Foundation for Music & Arts presents a concert series which aims to establish and develop a concert format beyond the traditional classical recital.  “Music In Context,” which challenges the notion that classical music must be primarily an auditory experience, incorporates a variety of art forms as well as lecture and discussion to give audience members a more holistic, integrated understanding of the social context and historical relevance behind a piece of music.  After its successful London run presenting various series such as “Composers on Composers,” “Musical Capitals,” “One Off,” and “Great Muses,” ASPECT Foundation makes its home for the 2016/17 season at Columbia University’s intimate The Italian Academy.  Guest speakers, including Yale Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Music History Paul Berry, will lead the series’ Illustrated Talks.  

The opening night concert on October 5 links Bach and Mozart together via a common thread: amateur composer and diplomat Baron Gottfried van Swieten.  Having keen ability to recognize exceptional compositional talent, van Swieten was responsible for furthering the influence of Bach and Handel, mostly forgotten by the late eighteenth century, on Viennese musical palates of the time by funding concerts featuring the masterworks of these earlier composers.  The Baron encouraged the likes of Haydn, Beethoven, and Mozart to study and practice these contrapuntal styles, building theoretical structures used in some of the greatest works of the period.  This program highlights the connection between Bach and Mozart as master and disciple, and how Mozart’s utilization of Bach’s genius ultimately fueled his own.  Part of the ‘Composers on Composers’ series.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Bach and Mozart: A Lasting Legacy  

Dmitry Sitkovetsky, violin
Dov Scheindlin, viola
Sergey Antonov, cello
Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano  

6 Preludes and Fugues for string trio, K404a
Prelude No.1 in D minor
Fugue No.1 in D minor(after J.S. Bach’s The Well-tempered Clavier, Book I, Fugue No.8 in D sharp minor, BWV 853)

BACH, arr. Dmitry Sitkovetsky:
Fifteen Sinfonias for string trio, BWV 787–801

Piano Quartet in E flat major, K493  

For decades, Vienna was unquestionably the musical capital of the world for composers of the finest caliber.  On January 26, a concert of Schubert and Brahms illustrates the evolution of the Romantic era, with Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata hinting at the beginning of the new musical styles of the period, and Brahms’s F Minor Piano Quintet suggesting the transition into a new age of classical music.  Part of the ‘Musical Capitals’ series.  

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Romantic Vienna  

Arnaud Sussmann,
Emily Daggett Smith, violin
Paul Neubauer, viola
Rafael Figueroa, cello
Vsevolod Dvorkin, piano  

Arpeggione Sonata, D. 821

Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34

Greatly influenced by Smetana, whose vocal opposition to the Habsburg Empire on the Czech resulted in highly nationalistic operas and tone poems, Dvořák composed works borrowing from the Moravian and Bohemian song and dance traditions.  The performance on February 23 examines the new artistic identity which arose in the city of Prague as Czech composers led the way toward shedding Germanic traits and embracing the nation’s rich musical traditions.  Part of the ‘Musical Capitals’ series.  

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Czech Romantics  

Michael Brown, piano
Arnaud Sussman, violin  

Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100

4 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 17

JANÁČEK: Violin Sonata

DVOŘÁK: Romantic Pieces, Op. 75    

Pianist and composer Clara Schumann, a virtuosic and accomplished musician by her own right, inspired a great many of her contemporaries with her legendary talent, friendship, and love.  Married to Robert Schumann, she was able to advocate for her husband’s talents by performing them with her extraordinary pianistic ability.  As the muse and guide for many works by Brahms, who was plagued by his intense love for her, described their relationship as, “...the most beautiful experience of my life, its greatest wealth and its noblest content.”  The program on April 19 offers a unique perspective on the muse herself and those whom she benefitted.  Part of the ‘Great Muses’ series.  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Clara Schumann: Artist and Muse  

Stephanie Chase, violin
Sophie Shao, cello
Todd Crow, piano  

Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102 for cello and piano

Sonata in G Major, Op. 78 for violin and piano

Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17

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