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92nd Street Y 2017-18 Season Highlights

OPENING NIGHT CONCERT – MISCHA MAISKEY AND ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA- October 5, 2017

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 Mlatislav Rostrapovich.  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 8 PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Mischa Maisky
, cello

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

ANGELA HEWITT: BACH ODYSSEY II

Angela Hewitt, “the outstanding Bach pianist of her generation” (The Sunday Times, London), continues to showcase her skills as one of the world’s foremost performers and Bach interpreters in the second year of her four-season journey (12 recitals) of Bach’s complete keyboard works at New York’s 92Y, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, London’s Wigmore Hall and Tokyo’s Kioi Hall.  In the coming season, she presents three recitals featuring the four partitas (November 8), the complete Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (March 14) and Goldberg Variations (March 18).  “Hewitt played Bach’s three-part inventions so that they came over as one single variegated work, with the plangent ninth acting as its dark heart, in the way the Black Pearl variation does for the Goldbergs.” The Independent (London) opined.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
BACH
:
Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827
Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829
Partie in A major, BWV 832
Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
BACH:
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I, BWV, 846-869

Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 3 pm 
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
BACH
: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

CHAMBER ENSEMBLES

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 of Shostakovich’s chamber music 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 a 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 declares, “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 

SCHUBERT: 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

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 since 2014.  For their 92Y appearance in the 2017/18 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 consonance and dissonance.

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

Inon Barnaton is widely celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence, and consummate artistry.  He is considered “one of the most admired pianists of his generation” (The New York Times). A recipient of the 2015 Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award and the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009, Inon finished his third and final season, 2016/17, as the inaugural Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic. Alan Gilbert calls him “a complete artist: a wonderful pianist, a probing intellect, passionately committed, and a capable contemporary-music pianist as well.”  In Spring 2018, Inon returns to 92Y’s Kaufmann Concert Hall with an intriguing program of musical moments, by Schubert (Moments Musicaux, D. 780), Israeli composer Avner Dorman (Two Moments Musicaux) and Rachmaninoff (Six Moments Musicaux, Op. 16).

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8 pm
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Inon Barnatan
, piano

SCHUBERT: Moments Musicaux, D. 780
AVNER DORMAN: Two Moments Musicaux
RACHMANINOFF: Six Moments Musicaux, Op. 16

SOUNDSPACE – SCHUBERT: EPIC & INTIMATE

The innovative Soundspace series follows an exciting new format in the coming season.  Inspired by the intimacy and comfort of the Schubertiade – small salon concerts of the time – these late night, hour-long evenings make the masterpieces of Schubert the main event.  Guests may enjoy a complimentary glass of wine while delighting in the genius of Franz Schubert, all within the warm acoustics of 92Y’s Butterwieser Hall.  Exploring the breadth and diversity of the composer’s repertoire, 92Y presents five concerts which include works for voice and piano.

Opening the series is tenor Christoph Prégardien, praised by The New York Times for his “lyric tenor…with plaintive beauty and piercing insight,” making his 92Y debut with “lyrical, fluent, expressive” (The Observer) pianist Julius Drake, performing Schubert’s heartrending Winterreise song cycle.  The duo, both acclaimed interpreters of German lieder, have performed together throughout Europe, including a recent all-Schubert recital in London’s celebrated Wigmore Hall.

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 9:30 PM
92Y – Buttenwieser Hall
Christoph Prégardien,
tenor
Julius Drake, piano

SCHUBERT Winterreise, D. 911

Celebrating Schubert’s final piano sonatas, internationally acclaimed pianist Shai Wosner, described by Gramophone as a “Schubertian of unfaltering authority and character,” returns to 92Y in a three-part series.  Wosner, a cherished artist at 92Y, likens these sonatas to “six great novels, rich with insights into the human condition.  He continues: “I think my first encounter with the big Schubert sonatas was when I was 12 at a concert where the A minor sonata was played. And I remember to this day how I was completely awestruck.  When playing these sonatas I get a sense of communing with the audience because the fact that they are so big they have this enveloping quality to them. Audiences get into their groove after a couple minutes and then, because Schubert makes time feel like its standing still and yet the world keeps turning, you have this seeming contradiction and you get into that state of mind in these pieces which is really quite magical”. View a video about this project HERE.

Shai Wosner, piano:
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:30 PM
92Y – Buttenwieser Hall
Sonata in A minor, D. 845, Op. 42
Sonata in C minor, D. 958

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 9:30 PM
92Y – Buttenwieser Hall
Sonata in D major, D. 850, Op. 53
Sonata in A major, D. 959

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 9:30 PM
92Y – Buttenwieser Hall
Sonata in G major, D. 894, Op. 78
Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960

The series concludes with the 92Y recital debut of the outstanding all-male vocal quartet, New York Polyphony.  The four artists, “singers of superb musicianship and vocal allure,” (The New Yorker), carefully craft an a cappella program which complements and juxtaposes Schubert’s emotive, heavenly lieder with a collection of part-songs.  This program is a culmination of the  secular repertoire which the quartet began programming into its concerts of primarily sacred music since its inception nearly ten years ago.

Friday, June 8, 2018 at 9:30 PM
92Y – Buttenwieser Hall
New York Polyphony
Geoffrey Williams,
countertenor
     Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenor
     Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone
     Craig Phillips, bass

Part-songs by SCHUBERT, SAINT-SAËNS, FINZI, IVAN MOODY, GREGORY W. BROWN, and others

DISTINGUISHED ARTISTS

92nd Street Y’s prestigious Distinguished Artists series is a leader of inspired programming among New York’s vibrant classical music community.  Inviting many of today’s leading ensembles and soloists to the resonant acoustics of Kaufmann Concert Hall, the coming season features an artistic meeting of the minds, with a wide range of repertoire explored between two or more acclaimed artists. Violinist Leila Josefowicz and pianist John Novacek (November 15), flutist Emmanuel Pahud and pianist Alessio Bax (February 17), pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and Musicians from the New York Philharmonic (April 10), and cellist Steven Isserlis and   harpsichordist Richard Egarr (April 29) collaborate, building a varied, musically satisfying series of four concerts.

American-Canadian violinist Leila Josefowicz is known internationally for her dynamic, vivid lyricism and “dizzying grace” (Evening Standard).  A champion of new and contemporary music, Josefowicz joins her colleague John Novacek, praised for his “virile, steely technique” by Fanfare, to perform an innovative program of Sibelius, Prokofiev, John Adams, and B. A Zimmermann. The artists celebrate the life of Zimmerman by performing his Violin and Piano sonata in honor of his centennial birthday in 2018.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 8 PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Leila Josefowicz
, violin
John Novacek, piano

SIBELIUS Valse Triste,  Op. 44, No. 1 (arr. Friedrich Hermann)
PROKOFIEV Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80
B. A. ZIMMERMANN Sonata for Violin and Piano
JOHN ADAMS Road Movies

Co-presented with New York Philharmonic, 92Y presents young English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor on April 10 with Musicians from the New York Philharmonic.  Grosvenor’s meteoric rise began in 2004 at the age of eleven as the winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition.  He has since performed with many of the great orchestras and conductors in the world, and in 2011, he became the youngest British musician ever to be signed as a Decca Classics artist; his playing has been noted as “poetic and gently ironic, brilliant yet clear-minded, intelligent but not without humour, all translated through a beautifully clear and singing touch’ (The Independent).  The artists perform a rich, lyrical program of Brahms and Schubert.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Benjamin Grosvenor
, piano
Musicians from the New York Philharmonic

BRAHMS Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667, “Trout”

Cellist Steven Isserlis and harpsichordist Richard Egarr, in his 92Y debut, offer a mostly Baroque-era program including repertoire by Bach, Boccherini, Handel and Scarlatti for both cello and viola da gamba.  Isserlis and Egarr are frequent collaborators, both in live performance and on recordings. Familiar to 92Y audiences, Isserlis has been a popular guest for recitals, as well as educational and children’s presentations.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3 PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Steven Isserlis
, cello
Richard Egarr, harpsichord

BACH Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1027
BACH Suite for Solo Cello No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011
BOCCHERINI Cello Sonata in G major, G. 5
SCARLATTI Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K. 90
HANDEL Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430, “The Harmonious Blacksmith”
BACH Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D Major, BWV 1028

ART OF THE GUITAR

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,” Sharon 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.

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

HOWARD SHORE Selections from The Departed
TAN DUN Seven Desires for guitar
Works by DE FALLA, GRANADOS, MONTAÑA, TARREGA and others

On May 10, 92Y’s own artistic director of the Art of the Guitar series and prominent guitarist, Benjamin Verdery, joins the lively St. Lawrence String Quartet to perform the New York premiere of a new work for guitar and string quartet by composer Bryce Dessner of The National, co-commissioned by 92Y.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Benjamin Verdery,
guitar
St. Lawrence String Quartet
BRYCE DESSNER
New work for guitar and string quartet (New York premier; 92Y co-commission)
Other works TBA

All concerts are presented in conjunction with 92nd Street Y’s Guitar Institute and include pre-concert talks with Art of the Guitar artistic director Benjamin Verdery of Yale University.

*A complete chronological concert listing of 92Y concerts for the 17/18 season is located at the end of this document

ROBERT SPANO

Conductor, pianist, composer and mentor Robert Spano is known worldwide for the depth and intensity of his artistry as well as his unique communicative abilities. As Music Director of both the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Music Festival and School, Robert Spano’s dedication to American living composers, education and outreach spreads across the nation. Under Maestro Spano’s guidance, the ASO and audiences explore an exciting mix of programming. The Atlanta School of Composers reflects his commitment to American contemporary music, thus defining a new generation of American composers.

This coming season, Spano leads five world premiere performances.  On July 30, Spano is joined by soprano Renée Fleming and pianist Inon Barnaton in Aspen in a program which includes works by Christopher Theofanidis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Stravinsky, and a new Piano Concerto by composer and Aspen Music Festival President and CEO Alan Fletcher.  Shortly thereafter, the world premiere of Melodia, for Piano and Orchestra by Canadian composer Matthew Ricketts is played by Malaysian pianist, conductor, and composer Tengku Irfan (August 9).  With the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Spano leads a new piece by ASO’s own bassist Michael Kurth on March 22 and 24, 2018. 

In February, Spano returns to Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium as guest conductor to the renowned Orchestra of St. Luke’s with the versatile mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, performing the world premiere of a new work by Bryce Dessner.  The performance also includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto with pianist Jeremy Denk.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Robert Spano,
conductor
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Jeremy Denk, piano

MOZART Symphony No. 40
BRYCE DESSNER New Work for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”

Prized as an articulate, sensitive conductor of classical voices in addition to instrumentalists, Robert Spano leads three beloved works of operatic and oratorio repertoire in the coming season.  In October, he presents the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra premiere of Verdi’s Otello with tenor Russell Thomas in the title role; Spano and the cast are joined by the Orchestra and unparalleled ASO Chorus.  As a part of the ASO’s two-year “LB/LB” Celebration which features and juxtaposes the masterpieces of Ludwig van Beethoven and Leonard Bernstein, Spano is joined by pianist Jorge Federico Osorio and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano in January in Bernstein’s “Jeremiah” Symphony and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto.  For an impressive nine dates in May, Spano leads the ASO, ASO Chorus, and soloists in Bernstein’s classic Candide.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 8 PM
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8 PM
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 3 PM
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 8 PM
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 8 PM
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 8 PM
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 8 PM
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3 PM
Robert Spano,
conductor
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Soloists TBA

BERNSTEIN Candid

TOD MACHOVER: WORLD PREMIERE OF
PHILADELPHIA VOICES

Tod Machover‘s innovative City Symphonies series – which include symphonic works written for and by the cities of Toronto, Edinburgh, Perth (Australia), Lucerne (Switzerland), and Detroit – now finds a new home in the vibrant, historical city of Philadelphia. Machover and the Philadelphia Orchestra are working with the Philadelphia community to create a collaborative symphony with sound submissions and conceptual contributions from, and diverse collaborations with, the public. The work, entitled Philadelphia Voices, will premiere at the Kimmel Center April 5, 6, 7, 2018, with an additional performance in New York’s Carnegie Hall on April 10, 2018. The project is made possible through substantial support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

In order to create a musical portrait of the city so deeply rooted in American history, the symphony for Philadelphia will evolve through electronic sound submissions, workshops and discussions throughout the city, original sonic creation, and back-and-forth musical sharing and shaping with Philadelphia residents and community institutions.  Special technologies developed by Machover and his Opera of the Future team at the MIT Media Lab will allow people of all ages to contribute to and help shape Philadelphia Voices. The mobile app, Philadelphia Voices, is available for free download now for iOS and Andoid. “You’ll be able to talk or sing into it and it will pull up 20 other people whose voices have a quality similar to yours.  Or, it might have a bunch of orchestral instruments, and as you talk and the instruments color your voice,” said Machover.  Over the next year, Machover will engage the community in all kinds of ways, bringing together Philadelphia’s residents by exploring the city’s unique sounds, by exploring democracy as it was when the city was founded and as it is now, and by simply celebrating it city’s past, present and future.

The coming season brings three additional New York premieres of Machover compositions.  On November 15, piano duo Quattro Mani, which consists of acclaimed pianists Susan Grace and Steven Beck, performs Re-Structures for two pianos and electronics in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.  The piece was written in honor of the late Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday celebration and debuted at the Lucerne Festival in 2015, where Machover served as composer-in-residence.  Also making its New York premiere is Breathless, a concerto for flute orchestra and electronics, performed in May 2018 in Merkin Concert Hall.  The piece was composed in 2014 for prominent flutist Carol Wincenc, who joins New York City’s teen new music ensemble, Face the Music at Kaufman Music Center.

Co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall’s 125 Commissions Project launched during its 125th season, the world-renowned Kronos Quartet and Kronos Performing Arts Association has announced Tod Machover among its composers selected for the third year of Fifty for the Future – an initiative to produce 50 new compositions by 25 female and 25 male composers. Established in 2015, one of the goals of Fifty for the Future is to serve as an educational tool for students and rising professional artists, via free online modules containing scores, parts, recordings, videos, and other informative materials for each new piece of music. Each new work is performed by Kronos during their touring season. Machover says his new work – set to premiere in June 2018 – will be “a kind of compendium of thinking about electronics in live performance, presented in a way that will allow the piece to evolve and keep posing challenging questions far into the future.”

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8 PM
Carnegie Hall – Weill Recital Hall
Quattro Mani
Susan Grace
, piano
     Steven Cole, piano
MACHOVER Re-Structures

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 8 PM
Carnegie Hall – Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin,
Music Director and Conductor
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Community Voices of Philadelphia

Joe Miller, Conductor
MACHOVER Philadephia Voices

May 2018
Merkin Concert Hall – Kaufman Music Center
Carol Wincenc
, flute
Face The Music
MACHOVER
Breathless

June 2018
Fifty for the Future – Year 3
Kronos Quartet
MACHOVER
New Work

ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER: OPENS BUFFALO AND CHICAGO SEASONS, WORLD PREMIERE AT CARNEGIE HALL

Virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, four-time Grammy® Award winner and global phenomenon, has been a permanent fixture of the classical music since her professional debut at the age of 13.  Mrs. Mutter has performed on all the major stages internationally, and has inspired concertgoers, composers and young violinists with her extraordinary musical and technical facility and rare artistic communicative ability.  In honor of her 40th anniversary, Deutsche Grammophon recently released Mutterissimo – The Art of Anne-Sophie Mutter, a double-disc compilation which highlights her vast and diverse discography.

In the coming season, Anne-Sophie Mutter is the featured soloist in the opening gala night performances for both the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Under the baton of conductor JoAnn Falletta, Mrs. Mutter presents a thrilling program of Brahms, Weiner, and Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Violin Concerto in Buffalo; in Chicago, she joins Ricardo Muti and Orchestra in Mozart’s “Turkish” Violin Concerto, with two subsequent performances of Tchaikovsky.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 8 PM
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra – Kleinhans Music Hall
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
BRAHMS Hungarian Dances
WEINER Hungarian Folk Dance Suite
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 7 PM
Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Orchestra Hall
Ricardo Muti, conductor
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major “Turkish”

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 8 PM
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Orchestra Hall
Ricardo Muti, conductor

TCHIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D Major

As a champion of new music, Mrs. Mutter routinely engages living composers, and she has given world premiere performances of many of the world’s most important musical voices, including Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn and Wolfgang Rihm among others.  In March of 2018, Mutter returns to the United States for performances in Rohnert Park, California and in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and features works of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki and Sir André Previn.  At Carnegie Hall, Mutter performs the world premiere of Previn’s The Fifth Season for Violin and Piano which was co-commissioned by Mutter and the presenter.

Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2 PM
Carnegie Hall – Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI Violin Sonata No. 2
BACH Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
ANDRÉ PREVIN The Fifth Season for Violin and Piano (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BRAHMS
Violin Sonata No.

PINCHAS ZUKERMAN

 Pinchas Zukerman has remained a phenomenon in the world of music for over four decades. His musical genius, prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics. Devoted to the next generation of musicians, he has inspired younger artists with his magnetism and passion. His enthusiasm for teaching has resulted in innovative programs in London, New York, China, Israel and Ottawa, and this artist is highly regarded as violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue and chamber musician.

2017-2018 marks his ninth season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and his third as Artist-in-Association with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.  North American highlights include a duo partnership with Itzhak Perlman on violin and Zukerman on viola in concerts and recitals, a U.S. tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and solo appearances with the Pacific and Vancouver Symphonies. Serving as both soloist and conductor, Mr. Zukerman leads National Arts Centre Orchestra, Baltimore, San Diego, New West and Nashville Symphonies and Camerata Salzburg for some of the repertoire’s most prized works.  In chamber music, Mr. Zukerman performs with the Zukerman Trio in Chicago, Detroit, Sedona, AZ, and Savannah, GA.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Itzhak Perlman
, violin
Pinchas Zukerman, viola
Zubin Mehta, conductor
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

MOZART Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30 PM
New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ
Itzhak Perlman
, violin
Pinchas Zukerman, viola

BACH Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, BWV 1037
MOZART Duo for Violin and Viola
WIENIAWSKI Selections from Etudes-Caprices, Op. 18 for two violins
BARTOK Selections from Duos for 2 Violins, Sz. 98
MOSZKOWSKI Suite I, Op. 81 for 2 violins and piano
Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8 PM
New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ
Pinchas Zukerman
, conduct and play
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto, Op. 61
DVORAK Symphony No. 7, Op. 7

SIR ANDRÁS SCHIFF

Sir András Schiff has distinguished himself throughout the course of an exceptional international career that has spanned over 40 years.  He is world-renowned and critically acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue and lecturer.  After having completed his two-year, multi-city musical odyssey, The Last Sonatas, a project of three recital programs comprising of the three final sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven, Sir András concluded his All-Schubert project last season. “An undisputed master of the German repertory,” (The New Yorker), Sir András continues to focus his expert interpretations of German master composers, featuring works by Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann and Mendelssohn for his 2017/18 North American tours.

In 2015, the San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic hosted this versatile artist in a series of concerts with orchestra and chorus – Sir András’s first performances in North America on the podium and at the piano with chorus, orchestra and soloists.  This fall, Sir András appears with the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, serving as both conductor and soloist.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8 PM
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 8 PM
David Geffen Hall

HAYDN Symphony No.80 in D minor, Hob.I:80
BARTOK Divertimento for Strings, Sz.113
BACH Piano Concerto No.4 in A major, BWV 1055
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto, Op. 54
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 8PM
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 8 PM
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 8 PM
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 3 PM
Orchestra Hall

MOZART Serenade for Winds in C Minor
BARTOK Divertimento for String Orchestra
BACH Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1

In recital, Sir András Schiff selects from a wide range of repertoire by such German master composers as the Three “B’s” -Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, as well as Schumann, Mozart and Mendelssohn, alternating between two thoughtfully created programs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia Atlanta, Santa Barbara, St. Paul, Princeton, Chapel Hill, NC, Ottawa and Vancouver.  “Part of what makes Mr. Schiff’s Beethoven so engrossing is that his interpretive approach eludes definition. An artful blend of intuition and analysis has gone into his preparation. Yet the results are constantly surprising.” (The New York Times)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 8 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

Program 1:
MENDELSSOHN
 Fantasy in F sharp minor, Op. 28
BEETHOVEN Sonata in F sharp major, Op. 78
BRAHMS 8 Klavierstücke, Op. 76
Intermission                           
BRAHMS
 7 Fantasien, Op. 116
BACH English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811

Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 8 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

Program 2:
SCHUMANN
 Variations on an Original Theme, WoO 24
BRAHMS Three Intermezzos, Op. 117
MOZART Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
BRAHMS Klavierstücke, Op. 118
Intermission   
BACH
 Prelude and Fugue in B Minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
BRAHMS Klavierstücke, Op. 119
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, “Les adieux”

Additional North American concert dates –
Oct. 23                        Ottawa, Ontario
Oct. 25                        Chapel Hill, NC                       Carolina Performing Arts
Oct. 27                        Atlanta, GA                              Spivey Hall
Oct. 29                        St. Paul, MN                            Schubert Club
Nov. 2,3,4&5              Chicago, IL                               Orchestra Hall          

Mar. 29                       Princeton                                  Princeton University
Mar. 31                       Philadelphia                             Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center
Apr. 3                          New York,                                 Carnegie Hall
Apr. 5                          New York,                                 Carnegie Hall
Apr. 8                          Los Angeles                             Walt Disney Concert Hall
Apr. 10                        Vancouver                                Vancouver Playhouse
Apr. 12                        Santa Barbara                          Lobero Theatre
Apr. 15                        San Francisco                          Davies Symphony Hall
Apr. 17                        San Francisco                          Davies Symphony Hall

SMETANA TRIO

The Smetana Trio was founded in 1934 by the legendary Czech pianist Josef Pálenícek, violinist Alexandr Plocek and cellist František Smetana.  Today, it is the foremost Czech chamber ensemble. Currently comprised of Jitka Cechová (piano), Jiří Vodička (violin) and Jan Pálenícek (cello), the Smetana perpetuates the interpretational ideals created by its illustrious predecessors as well as other superlative 20th-century soloists active in chamber music. “There is nothing routine about the Smetana Trio’s approach to this engaging repertoire. Every aspect of their interpretation is carefully considered without losing an ounce of spontaneity. Individual lines are remarkable for their focus and beauty, though the powerful sense of ensemble is never sacrificed to individual display.” (BBC Music Magazine).

In April 2017, the Smetana Trio was voted to win the BBC Music Magazine Award for its recording of Martinů: The Complete Piano Trios on the Supraphon label.  This is the second time the Trio has received this honor – the first time was in 2007.

In spring 2018, the Smetana tour North America for the first time since 2014.  With ten concerts across eight US states, the Trio brings a program which showcases their meticulously focused musical oneness with lush, emotive artistic intensity and interpretation.  Highlights from this sprawling tour include performances at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Rockefeller University’s Tri-I Noon Concerts in New York, The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, and the Chicago Chamber Music Society.

Additional North American tour dates
February 16, 2018        Philadelphia, PA
February 17                  Durham, NC
February 20                  Indialantic, FL
February 23                  New York, NY
February 24                  Lewes, DE
February 25                  Washington, DC
February 27                  Chicago, IL
March 1                        Irvine, CA
March 2                        La Jolla, CA
March 3                        Los Angeles, CA

ZEMLINSKY Piano Trio, Op. 3
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 8
MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio in D minor Op. 49

EMERSON STRING QUARTET

Having celebrated its 40th Anniversary last season– a major milestone for a ground-breaking ensemble that has earned its place in the pantheon of the classical chamber music world, the Emerson stands apart in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over four decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year”, and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. With a repertoire that spans three centuries of chamber music, the Emerson also looks towards the future by collaborating with today’s most esteemed composers and premiering new works, thus proving their commitment to keeping the art form of the string quartet alive and more relevant than ever.

The coming season reflects all aspects of the Emerson’s venerable artistry with high-profile projects, collaborations and tours.  North American highlights of the season include a subsequent performance at the Princeton University of Shostakovich and The Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy, the new theatrical production co-created by the acclaimed theater director James Glossman and the Quartet’s violinist, Philip Setzer, collaborations with the Calidore and Dover Quartets, and a tour with the renowned pianist Evgeny Kissin in both Europe and the U.S.

In a bold intersection of chamber music and theater starring Len Cariou and Jay O. Sanders with the Emerson String Quartet, witness the trials and redemption of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 50-year obsessive quest to create an opera based on Anton Chekhov’s mystical tale: The Black MonkCreated from the minds of acclaimed writer-director, James Glossman, and Emerson String Quartet member, Philip Setzer,  Shostakovich and The Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy is a masterpiece about love, art, madness and freedom.  With the stroke of a pen, the Soviet regime undermined the career of one the most prominent composers of the 20th century.   Through music – including performances of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 14 and No. 8– the Emerson Quartet joins seven actors and weaves the tale of Shostakovich’s obsessive quest, trying over decades to retell Chekhov’s haunting and heroic story of a writer struggling for his sanity, only to be sidetracked again and again by the composer’s own struggle to survive as an artist amid the ever-changing imperatives of Stalin’s Soviet state.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium at the Princeton University
Shostakovich and The Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy

Writer/Director: James Glossman
Shostakovich: Len Cariou
Stalin: Jay O. Sanders
Middle Woman: Evelyn McGee Colbert
Younger Man: Alex Glossman
Older Man: Paul Murphy
Younger Woman: Ali Breneman
Older Woman: Linda Setzer
The Emerson Quartet

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Alice Tully Hall, White Lights Festival

BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 127
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 15 in E-flat minor, Op. 144

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers

BEETHOVEN String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat minor, Op. 138
BEETHOVEN Grosse Fuge in B-flat major, Op. 133

Friday, April 27, 2018 at 3 PM
Carnegie Hall – Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

with Evgeny Kissin, piano

MOZART Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478
FAURÉ Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor
DVOŘÁK Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81

On April 21, 2017 the Quartet released its latest album, Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell, the first release on Universal Music Classics’ new US classical record label, Decca Gold.  On this new album, the Emersons explore the close affinities of the music of Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten, arguably two of Britain’s most well known composers. Included here are Britten’s String Quartet Nos. 2 and 3, and Purcell’s Chacony in G minor and Fantazias Nos. 6, 8, 10 and 11. Eugene Drucker says of this album “it’s hard to believe that the music on this CD spans almost three centuries, ranging from Purcell’s surprisingly pungent harmonies to Britten’s distinctive voice: pitched outside the mainstream of European modernism, experimental yet deeply rooted in his extensive knowledge of older music, drawing inspiration from and breathing new life into old forms.”

DANISH STRING QUARTET

In international demand for their technical prowess and interpretive talents matched by an infectious joy for music-making and “rampaging energy” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), the Danish String Quartet has established a reputation for their integrated sound, impeccable intonation and judicious balance.  Since making their debut in 2002 at the Copenhagen Festival, the musical friends have demonstrated a passion for Scandinavian composers, who they frequently incorporate into adventurous contemporary programs, while also giving consummate and profound interpretations of the classical masters. The New York Times selected the quartet’s concerts as highlights of 2012 and 2015, and in 2016 as one of the recording highlights of the year for their ECM debut of works by Hans Abrahamsen, Per Nørgård and Thomas Adés.  The recording debuted at #16 on the Billboard Classical Chart and has earned critical acclaim: “the Danish are remarkable, as ever – capable of intense blend, extreme dynamic variation (in which they seem glued together), perfect intonation even on harmonics, and constant vitality and flow” (Gramophone).

Following the remarkable success of their Wood Works album in 2014 and their deeply rooted affinity for arranging and performing traditional music from the Scandinavian nations, the Quartet will release a new recording of folk songs from the Nordic countries in September 2017 on ECM Records.  Season highlights from their sprawling, 24-city North American concert schedule include their San Francisco Performances debut, a performance and master class at the acclaimed Oregon Bach Festival, and a concert in the renowned Meany Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington.  The Quartet returns to Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with a program entitled “The Thrill of the Hunt,” performing works of Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, and Jörg Widmann’s comical Jagdquartett for Strings.

Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 5 PM
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall
Danish String Quartet
Frederik Øland
, violin
Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violin
     Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola
     Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, cello

HAYDN Quartet in B-flat, Hob. III:1, Op.1, No. 1
MOZART Quartet in B-flat, K. 458 “Hunt”
WIDMANN Jagdquartett for Strings
BRAHMS Quartet in B-flat Major for Strings, Op. 67

Additional North American concert dates
October 7, 2017        Middlebury, VT       Middlebury College
October 10                 Cleveland, OH        Cleveland Chamber Music Society
October 11                 Cincinnati, OH        University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
October 12                 Indianapolis, IN     Ensemble Music Society
October 14/15           Tulsa, OK                Chamber Music Tulsa
October 16                 Dallas, TX               Dallas Chamber Music Society
October 17                 Chattanooga, TN   String Theory at the Hunter

February 11, 2018    Santa Fe, NM           Santa Fe Pro Musica
February 14               Seattle, WA              UW World Series at Meany Hall
February 18               Eugene, OR              Oregon Bach Festival
February 19               San Francisco, CA  San Francisco Performances
February 20               Irvine, CA                  Philharmonic Society of Orange County
February 21               Northridge, CA        Valley Performing Arts Center
February 23               Santa Barbara, CA  UCSB Arts & Lectures
February 27               Easton, PA                Lafayette College Performance Series
February 28               Princeton, NJ           Princeton University Concerts

April 5                       Philadelphia, PA        Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
April 6                       University Park, PA   Pennsylvania State University
April 8                       Ridgewood, NJ         Parlance Chamber Concerts
April 10                     Buffalo, NY                Buffalo Chamber Music Society
April 11                     Ithaca, NY                  Cornell Concert Series
April 13                     Indiatlantic, FL          Melbourne Chamber Music Society
April 14                     Fort Lauderdale, FL  Broward Center for the Performing Arts
April 15                     Gainesville, FL           University of Florida Performing Arts

AMERICAN BRASS QUINTET

Hailed by Newsweek as “the high priests of brass,” the American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the premiere chamber music ensembles of our time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world. As 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field, ABQ’s rich history includes performances in Asia, Australia, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Canada and the United States; a discography of nearly 60 recordings; and the premieres of over 150 contemporary brass works. Committed to the development of brass chamber music through higher education, the American Brass Quintet has served as Ensemble-in-Residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and the Aspen Music Festival since 1970.  Its latest album, Perspectives, released in January 2017 on Summit Records, is described by the American Record Guide as “another outstanding ABQ release”; The Gramophone opines, “the American musicians bring utmost cohesion, balance and expressivity to each of the scores they perform with ear-catching intensity and finesse.”

Upcoming season highlights include a U.S. tour across 15 cities in 13 states.  Among these appearances are debut performances at Bing Concert Hall, presented by Stanford Live, and at Moore Musical Arts Center in Bowling Green, OH, the hometown of the Quintet’s trumpet player, Kevin Cobb.  Throughout the season, the Quintet will resurrect an ABQ signature piece, Music for Brass Instruments by Ingolf Dahl, while continuing to commission and promote new chamber works by established and rising composers.  Praised by Julian Menken as “… the most outstanding work in brass repertory,” Dahl’s Music for Brass Instruments is regarded as the source of the modern revival of the brass quintet.  This fifteen-minute composition, thoroughly American-sounding, merges jazzy figurations seamlessly with Baroque-style

Collaborations with John Zorn
In October, the American Brass Quintet returns to the Guggenheim for a repeat performance of John Zorn’s Commedia dell’arte, a suite of five miniatures for multiple ensembles inspired by the Commedia dell’arte characters Harlequin, Colombina, Scaramouche, Pulcinella, and Pierrot. Presented with special choreography, the ABQ’s segment is the jovial, quasi-minimalist “Pulcinella.” Commedia dell’arte features a wide range of compositional styles spanning minimalism, post-bop jazz, avant-garde and more.

October 22 & 23, 2017 at 9 PM
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
JOHN ZORN
 Pulcinella from Commedia dell’arte

This season marks the 30th anniversary of the American Brass Quintet as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Juilliard School.  As a special celebration, the Juilliard School commissions Philip Lasser, currently on the school’s faculty, for a piece dedicated to the Quintet.  A visionary composer native to French and American traditions, Lasser is known for his unique way of blending the colorful harmonies of French Impressionist sonorities and the dynamic rhythms and characteristics of American music.  The new piece will be premiered on November 6, 2017 at Juilliard’s Paul Hall, with additional works to be announced.

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Paul Hall, The Juilliard School
LASSER 
New Commission (world premiere)
TBD

Additional U.S. concert dates:
September 22              Bowling Green, OH               Bowling Green State University
September 24              Rochester, MI                        Detroit Chamber Music Society
September 30              Durham, NC                           Duke Performances
October 1                     Richmond, VA                        Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
October 6                     Portland, OR                           Portland Center for the Arts
October 8                     Port Townsend, WA              Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival
October 13& 14          Ashland, OR                            Ashland Chamber Music Concerts
October 15                  Stanford, CA                           Stanford Live
October 17                  Colorado Springs, CO            Colorado College
October 29                  New York, NY                          Brooklyn Public Library
November 3                Lawrence, KS                          Lied Center of Kansas

March 2 & 3                Corpus Christi, TX                  Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society
March 4                       San Antonio, TX                      San Antonio Chamber Music Society
March 6                       Indialantic, FL                          Melbourne Chamber Music Society
March 18                     Louisville, KY                           Louisville Chamber Music Society

WINNER OF THE ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN INTERNATIONAL PIANO MASTER COMPETITION
Debuts At Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall:
October 26, 2017 at 7 PM

The Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition began in 1974 at the initiative of Jan Jacob Bistritzky, whose aim was to unite the name and the artistic legacy of Arthur Rubinstein with the cultural life of Israel. Conceived in the spirit of this legendary pianist and launched with his blessing, this triennial event in Tel Aviv is committed to attaining standards of the highest order and is a respected international forum for presenting talented, aspiring young pianists and fostering their careers. The Arthur Rubinstein Award and other prizes are given to young pianists whose skills reveal outstanding musicianship as well as the ability to render versatile, artistically superior interpretations of works ranging from the pre-classical to the contemporary. Since its inception, the Competition has commissioned 19 works by Israeli composers. Previous notable first prize winners of the Competition include Emanuel Ax (who won during its inaugural year), Jeffrey Kahane, Kirill Gerstein and Daniil Trifonov. The 15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition took place from April 25 – May 11, 2017.

Winner of The 15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, pianist Szymon  Nehring, gives his New York recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall with an intriguing program of works by Beethoven, Szymanowski and Chopin, presented by the American Friends of the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society.  The winner was also awarded Best Performer of a Chopin Piece and Junior Jury Prizes.

Considered one of the most gifted and promising pianists of the younger generation in Poland with “an exquisite sense of style and powerful, practically flawless technical command” (Buenos Aires Herald), Szymon Nehring attracted international attention after his remarkable performances at the 17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, which led to a series of concert engagements in Poland and abroad. A recipient of scholarships from Krystian Zimerman, National Children’s Fund, the ‘Sapere Auso’ Małopolska Scholarship Foundation, the Pro Musica Bona Foundation, and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, he toured with the Santander Orchestra in 2015, playing Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E Minor at Poland’s prestigious concert halls in Lusławice, Wrocław, Katowice, Warsaw and Szczecin, and appeared in concerts in Russia, Estonia, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, Norway, Italy, and Canada.

His recent achievements include First Prize and six Special Prizes at the Halina Czerny-Stefańska in Memoriam International Piano Competition in Poznań, First Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam Competition in Bydgoszcz, as well as the Audience Prize and special awards for outstanding artistic creation and for his contribution to Polish music at the 17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition.  Highlights of his upcoming season include performances in Paris, Nancy, Olso, Bukarest, Strasbourg, the United States, South America and throughout Poland.  His debut recording, Chopin, Szymanowski, Mykietyn, received the 2016 “Supersonic Pizzicato” Award from the Pizzicato Magazine.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7 PM
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall

BEETHOVEN Sonata Op. 57 “Appassionata
SZYMANOWSKI Mazurkas Op. 50 No. 3 & 4
Variations Op. 3
CHOPIN Sonata No. 2 Op. 3

ARMENIA FUND USA PRESENTS ARMENIAN NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA’S NEW YORK DEBUT

The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1925 and considered to be at the forefront of musical ensembles in Eastern Europe, is a true global ambassador of Armenia’s rich traditions of classical music and wealth of outstanding Armenian classical musicians.  The Orchestra’s commitment to Armenian music and culture is reflected by its direct engagement with Armenian composers and its pride in hosting some of the region’s premiere solo artists, making the Orchestra one of Armenia’s most treasured national institutions.  On November 29, 2017, the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, described by The Boston Globe as rich, colorful, fullthroated sound” makes its historic New York debut at Carnegie Hall presented by the Armenia Fund USA, with a program that is a testament to the Orchestra’s devotion to artistic excellence and love of country, with the world premiere of a new work by young Armenian composer and pianist, Karén Hakobyan.  The piece, “Pomegranate Trees,” is inspired by Armenian-American writer William Saroyan’s short story of the same title.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Carnegie Hall – Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Pinchas Zukerman
, violin
Amanda Forsyth, cello

KARÉN HAKOBYAN “Pomegranate Trees” Symphonic Poem for Orchestra (World Premiere)
BRAHMS Double Concerto for violin and cello, Op. 102
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1

With the highest standards of ethics and transparency in every aspect of project management, the Armenia Fund USA supports sustainable, long-term ventures that directly impact the social and economic welfare of Armenia and Karabakh in a transitional period of their national history.  The Fund’s efforts are primarily focused on developing the infrastructure of some of the most vulnerable, and vital, pillars of the community: roads, schools, medical facilities and utilities, as well as humanitarian programs in education, training and healthcare.  Since its founding in 1992, the Armenia Fund USA has made significant contributions to organizations, such as The Orphan Fund, the Martuni Hospital, Water Supply Initiative, North-South Highway and the ongoing reconstruction of the Tchaikovsky Secondary Music School in Yerevan.

*Full 92Y 2017/18 Concert Season
All concerts take place in 92Y’s Kaufmann Concert Hall unless otherwise noted

Opening Night
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 8 PM
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Mischa Maisky, cello

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

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Borodin Quartet

SCHUBERT 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

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Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3 PM
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 & Op. 32

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Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 8 PM
Leila Josefowicz, violin
John Novacek, piano

SIBELIUS Valse Trise, Op. 44, No. 1 (arr. Friedrich Hermann)
PROKOFIEV Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80
JOHN ADAMS Road Movies
B. A. ZIMMERMANN Sonata for Violin and Piano

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Angela Hewitt, piano

BACH
Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827
Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829
Partie in A major, BWV 832
Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830

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Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3 PM
New York Philharmonic String Quartet (NY recital debut)

BEETHOVEN Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
DVOŘÁK Quartet in F major, Op. 96 “American”
MENDELSSOHN Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano (92Y debut)

BACH French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816
BRAHMS Four Pieces, Op. 119 interspersed with BRETT DEAN Hommage à Brahms
DEBUSSY Prelude to L’après-midi d’un faune (arr. Leonard Borwick/George Copeland)
BERG Sonata, Op. 1
RAVEL Gaspard de la nuit

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

HOWARD SHORE Selections from The Departed
TAN DUN Seven Desires for guitar
Works by DE FALLA, GRANADOS, MONTAÑA, TARREGA and others

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Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3 PM
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

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Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 8 PM
Jeremy Denk, piano

MOZART Rondo in A minor, K. 511
PROKOFIEV Visions fugitives
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
BEETHOVEN (trans. LISZT) An die ferne Geliebte
SCHUMANN Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

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Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 8 PM
Jorge Caballero, guitar (92Y recital debut)

BACH Partita, BWV 1013
ALBÉNIZ Five Pieces from “Suite Iberia”
Evocación
El Puerto
El Albaicín
Málaga
Eritaña

JORGE CABALLERO Midsummer Love Serenede (world premiere performance)
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capricco espagnol, Op. 34
all arrangements for solo guitar by the artist

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Friday, February 16, 2018 at 9:30 PM
92Y – Buttenwieser Hall
Christoph Prégardien, tenor (92Y debut)
Julius Drake, piano

SCHUBERT Winterreise, D. 911

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Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 8 PM
Emmanuel Pahud, flute
Alessio Bax, piano

POULENC Flute Sonata, FP 164
SCHUBERT Sonata in A minor, D. 821, “Arpeggione”
BACH Flute Sonata in E-flat major, BWV 1031
MENDELSSOHN Violin Sonata in F major (1838) (arr. E. Pahud)

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Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 8 PM
Inon Barnatan, piano

SCHUBERT Moments Musicaux, D. 780
AVNER DORMAN Two Moments Musicaux
RACHMANINOFF Six Moments Musicaux, Op. 16

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Angela Hewitt, piano

BACH
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I, BWV 846-869
Preludes and Fugues, Nos. 1-12
Preludes and Fugues, Nos. 13-24

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Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8 PM
Brazilian Guitar Quartet

GOMES Sonata for String Quartet in D major
RONALDO MIRANDA Serious Variations
RADAMÉS GNATTALI Selections from Suite Retratos
“Pixinguinha”
“Chiquenha Gonzaga”
VILLA-LOBOS String Quartet No. 12
JOBIM Selected song arrangements

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Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 3 PM
Angela Hewitt, piano – Bach Odyssey VI

BACH Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Musicians from the New York Philharmonic

BRAHMS Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 “Trout”
Co-presented with New York Philharmonic

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Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:30 PM
92Y – Buttenwieser Hall
Shai Wosner,
piano

SCHUBERT
Sonata in A minor, D. 845
Sonata in C minor, D. 958

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Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3 PM
Steven Isserlis, cello
Richard Egarr, harpsichord (92Y debut)

BACH Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027
BACH Suite for Solo Cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
BOCCHERINI Cello Sonata in G major, G. 5
SCARLATTI Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K. 90
HANDEL Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430 “The Harmonious Blacksmith”
BACH Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028

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Friday, May 4, 2018 at 9:30 PM
92Y – Buttenwieser Hall
Shai Wosner, piano

SCHUBERT
Sonata in D major, D. 850, Op. 53 “Gasteiner”
Sonata in A major, D. 959

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Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Benjamin Verdery, guitar
With St. Lawrence String Quartet

BRYCE DESSNER New work for guitar and string quartet (New York premiere; 92Y co-commission)
Other works TBA

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Friday, May 11, 2018 at 9:30 PM
92Y – Buttenwieser Hall
Shai Wosner, piano

SCHUBERT
Sonata in G major, D. 894, Op. 78 “Fantasie”
Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960

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Friday, June 8, 2018 at 9:30 PM
92Y – Buttenwieser Hall
New York Polyphony
, vocal quartet (92Y recital debut)

Part-songs by SCHUBERT, SAINT-SAËNS, FINZI, IVAN MOODY, GREGORY W. BROWN, and others

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