92Y NOVEMBER CONCERTS: Jerusalem Quartet; Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; Marc-André Hamelin, piano; Isabelle Faust, violin, Alexander Melnikov, piano; Variation Trio – Jennifer Koh, violin with Hsin-Yun Huang, viola and Wilhelmina Smith, cello

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:30PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Jerusalem Quartet

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:00PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 8:00PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Marc-André Hamelin,

Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8:00PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Isabelle Faust,
Alexander Melnikov, piano

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 8:30PM
92Y – Buttenwieser Hall
Variation Trio – Jennifer Koh,
with Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
and Wilhelmina Smith, cello

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2016

Jerusalem Quartet: Return to 92Y with Haydn, Prokofiev, Dvořák

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:30PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall

The Jerusalem Quartet, formed while the members were just teenagers, celebrated its 20th anniversary last season.  This Season the Quartet presents three of the great string quartets to come from Central and Eastern Europe.  The Quartet’s recording of the Haydn string quartets, has received international acclaim: “Their playing has everything you could possibly wish for.  Miraculously honed intonation and perfect ensemble is matched throughout by an innate understanding of Haydn’s mercurial and immensely varied musical language” (BBC Music).  The ensemble pairs Haydn’s “The Lark” with the seldom-heard first string quartet of Prokofiev and Dvořák’s jubilant G major quartet in their return to 92Y since their Brahms survey in 2015, which was praised by The New York Times for their “exceptional quality as a team.”

Jerusalem Quartet
Alexander Pavlovsky, violin
Sergei Bresler, violin
Ori Kam, viola
Kyril Zlotnikov, cello

HAYDN: String Quartet in D major, Op. 64, No. 5, “The Lark”
PROKOFIEV: String Quartet No. 1 in B minor
DVOŘÁK: String Quartet in G major, Op. 106

Tickets:  $25 (35 and under), 40, 45, 55
Artist Website:
Jerusalem Quartet

Art of the Guitar: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and
New York Premiere by Pat Metheny

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:00PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall

The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, known for their extraordinary range of repertoire, virtuosic arrangements and integrated harmonies, returns to 92Y as one of the most anticipated artists in their Art of the Guitar series.  Bringing a program ranging from the French Renaissance to the New York premiere and 92Y co-commission of Road to the Sun written for the LAGQ by Pat Metheny, the ensemble continues to prove that they are at the forefront of contemporary classical guitar repertoire through their mastery and innovations with Baroque, bluegrass, flamenco, rock, new-age styles, and through their extensive and diverse discography.  The Los Angeles Times states: “Keep the emphasis on the superlatives for its unrivaled joy, technical élan and questing spirits.

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
John Dearman
Matthew Greif
William Kanengiser
Scott Tennant

BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051 (arr. J. Smith)
TILMAN HOPPSTOCK (as Allan Willcocks): Suite Transcendent*
COPLAND: Two Mexican Pieces (arr. W. Kanengiser)
Paisaje Mexicano
Danza del Jalisco
Four Renaissance French Chansons:
FRANCESCO DA MILANO: Mon pere si ma marie (arr. R. Savino)
PIERRE CERTON: Je ne l’ose dire (arr. S. Tennant)
JOSQUIN DES PRES: Adieu mes amours (arr. S. Tennant)
 PIERRE PASSEREAU: Il est bel et bon (arr. S. Tennant)
PAT METHENY: Road to the Sun* (New York Premiere, 92Y co-commission)

* Written for the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

A pre-concert talk is led by Benjamin Verdery, “Art of the Guitar” artistic director and chair of the Guitar Department of the Yale School of Music, before each performance in this series.  Talks are held one hour prior to performances and free with ticket.

Masters of the Keyboard: Marc-André Hamelin

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 8:00PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall

The inimitable Marc-André Hamelin, whose 2015 appearance at 92Y compelled The New York Times to wonder, “Is it possible for a pianist to be too good?”, returns to 92Y with an all-Mozart program.  After releasing a Mozart double album on the Hyperion label last year, for which Mr. Hamelin records exclusively, Pianist praised his performance as, “…the technically most brilliant and perfect Mozart.” Mr. Hamelin pulls sonatas and rondos from this recording for the first “Masters of the Keyboard” concert in the series this season.  Among his impressive discography of over 50 recordings and an extensive list of honors, Mr. Hamelin has received a lifetime achievement award from the German Record Critics’ Association, and he is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Sonata in D major, K. 576
Sonata in E-flat major, K. 282
Sonata in G major, K. 283
Rondo in D major, K. 485
Rondo in A minor, K. 511
Sonata in C major, K. 545

Distinguished Artists: Isabelle Faust, violin &
Alexander Melnikov, piano

Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8:00PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall

Musical partners Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov have received numerous accolades as individual artists as well as a performing and recording duo.  Their recording of Beethoven sonatas on Harmonia Mundi earned a Grammy nomination, while winning a Gramophone Award, BBC Music Choice Award, and ECHO Klassik Prize, among other honors.  Melnikov joins Faust and her 1704 Stradivarius, dubbed the “Sleeping Beauty” by The Times (London), for a performance at 92Y which includes Beethoven, Brahms, and a rarely-performed Busoni Violin Sonata.

Isabelle Faust, violin
Alexander Melnikov, piano

BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 12, No. 2
BRAHMS: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
BUSONI: Violin Sonata No. 2 in E minor, Op. 36a

Soundspace Series: Variation Trio

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 8:30PM
92Y – Buttenwieser Hall

Opening 92Y’s Soundspace series this season, situated in the intimacy and superb acoustics of 92Y’s Buttenwieser Hall, the Variation Trio gets its name from its mission to engage new composers, to collaborate in creating variations of existing works, and to construct a musical dialogue based on each of the accomplished artists’ experiences.  The Trio, formed in 2005 and comprised of violinist Jennifer Koh, violist Hsin-Yun Huang and cellist Wilhelmina Smith, brings a brilliant program of selections from György Kurtág’s witty Signs, Games and Messages, as well as Cloud Trio by Kaija Saariaho, whose opera L’Amour de Loin appears at the Met in December.  Finally, the Trio performs Andrew Norman’s The Companion Guide to Rome, painting a musical portrait of the composer’s nine favorite Roman churches.

Variation Trio
Jennifer Koh, violin
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
Wilhelmina Smith, cello

GYORGY KURTÁG: Selections from Signs, Games and Messages
ANDREW NORMAN: The Companion Guide to Rome

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

About 92nd Street Y:

92nd Street Y is a center for the arts and innovation, a convener of ideas, and an incubator for creativity. Founded in 1874, it seeks to create, provide and disseminate programs of distinction that foster the physical and mental growth of people throughout their lives. From its New York headquarters, 92Y offers thousands of programs, including talks with leaders in every field; outstanding performing, visual and literary arts presentations and classes; fitness and sports programs; and activities for children and families.  92Y also creates community far beyond its four walls, bringing people from all over the world together through innovations like the award-winning #GivingTuesday and the Social Good Summit. Along with live webcasts and a growing online archive of free talks and performances, it’s transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action all over the world.  All of 92Y’s programming is built on a foundation of Jewish values, including the capacity of civil dialogue to change minds; the potential of education and the arts to change lives; and a commitment to welcoming and serving people of all ages, races, religions and ethnicities.

For more information, visit www.92Y.org.

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