kicks off its 2015-16 season
with a performance for the ChamberMusicNY series
at New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm.
Award-winning broadcaster and writer Robert Sherman
will introduce the concert.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023
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A modern day ensemble that delivers the unexpected, the New York-based chamber music ensemble SHUFFLE Concert is changing the rules of performance as we know it. Unique to SHUFFLE Concert performances is the manner in which the program is selected. The audience is invited to actively participate in the selection of works to be performed selecting the works that will be played from a menu of over 30 works derived from 15 different styles, with works ranging from solos and duos, to trios, quartets, quintets and sextets. Genres vary from classical, baroque, and romantic, to Jazz, pop and Broadway.
Since its inception, SHUFFLE Concert has performed in a variety of concert settings, including the Duplex, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center, and Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society Series in New York; Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival in Pennsylvania; Molloy College in Long Island; Los Angeles’s L’Emitage Concert Series, Lancaster Performing Arts Center and Pepperdine University Center for the Arts in California, and Canada’s Chamberfest Ottawa, and presented residencies at East Stroudsburg University and Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania; Mirman School in Los Angeles; The Dalles Middle school, Oregon; and the International School in Herzeliya, Israel, to name a few. SHUFFLE Concert has made four tours of Israel to date, and will be returning for a fifth tour this fall. In December 2012 the ensemble made its Merkin Hall debut, which was broadcast on WWFM and WQXR, and which included the premieres of new works by Avner Dorman and Jonathan Keren. The ensemble’s debut eponymous CD was released in October 2013, and in 2014, to celebrate its fifth anniversary, SHUFFLE Concert announced its first Composition Competition, awarding prizes to composers Piotr Szewcyzk, Kevin Wilt and Oran Eldor for their original compositions for the ensemble. SHUFFLE Concert performed last spring as one of five ensembles presenting at the prestigious YPCA showcase at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.
Additional information about the October 3 concert can be found at: http://chambermusicny.org/concerts/
About SHUFFLE Concert
Inspiring and energetic, New York-based chamber music ensemble SHUFFLE Concert changes the rules of performance as we know it. Conceived by SHUFFLE’s creative director and pianist, Eliran Avni, SHUFFLE Concert was born while Avni was exercising on the elliptical machine at the gym. His MP3 player jumped from a Pretenders song to the first movement of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, nearly causing him to lose his balance… and thus, the idea for SHUFFLE Concert was born!
SHUFFLE’s members are exceptionally accomplished chamber musicians; they are graduates of such schools as Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music and Bard College and have all individually won numerous prizes and have performed extensively as soloists and collaborative musicians throughout the world.
Upcoming engagements this 2015-16 season include performances at Cooperstown Music Festival and at Merkin Hall as part of ChamberMusicNY’s series in New York; Texas’s Odessa College; McCallum Theatre, California State University, Chico, Bishop Community Concert Association, and Hutchins Street Square Performing Arts Theatre in California; Michigan’s Berman Center for the Performing Arts; Ohio University’s On The Edge Concert Series; Oregon’s Florence Event Center, and the College of Idaho.
About Robert Sherman
Broadcaster and writer Robert Sherman recently celebrated his 59th anniversary with WQXR. Formerly Program Director and later Senior Consultant, he continues to produce and host The McGraw Hill Financial’s Young Artists Showcase — now in its 38th year on the station — and since their inception, has hosted the Lincoln Center presentations of the annual the Avery Fisher Career Grants. His popular and award-winning folk series Woody’s Children, which began on WQXR is 1969, is now heard on WFUV.
For more than forty years, Bob was a music critic and columnist for The New York Times and for nearly twenty served on the faculty of The Juilliard School. A concert narrator with such esteemed ensembles as Canadian Brass, the United States Military Academy (West Point) Band and the Greenwich Symphony, he sits on the Advisory boards of many cultural organizations, also serving them variously as competition judge, pre-concert lecturer, panel moderator and fundraising emcee.
Co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Classical Music and two best-selling books with Victor Borge, he also joined with his brother, Alexander Sherman, to compile a pictorial history of their celebrated mother, pianist Nadia Reisenberg.