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June 1, 2015 – New York, NY – 92nd Street Y has announced a new concert series, Soundspace, for the 2015-16 season to be presented in the relaxed atmosphere of 92Y’s Buttenwieser Hall. Soundspace presents 11 concerts featuring distinguished artists, new works and 92Y commissions.
The artists – soloists, duos, quartets – bring programs that reflect their personal vision to Soundspace, whether it’s a new take on “variations on a theme” or chatting directly with the audience. This series brings artists and audiences closer together as 92Y re-imagines the classical music experience for the 21st century in the inviting atmosphere of 92Y’s Buttenwieser Hall. The series features hand-picked artists and adventurous repertoire in a friendly, informal environment where artists, composers and audience can discover new music and new interpretations of familiar repertoire on a more personal and immediate level.
This season, Soundspace will showcase unique programs of Jewish folk-inspired and Czech music with the Daedalus Quartet and members of SPEAKmusic, and will present acclaimed pianist-composer Matan Porat in his 92Y debut performing a visionary program of 24 works succession spanning 300 years that all use the same motif. The St. Lawrence String Quartet illuminates Haydn’s “The Joke” Quartet with live commentary by the quartet’s violinist Geoff Nuttall. Additionally, 92Y has commissioned a new work by Derek Bermel to be performed in its NYC premiere by the exceptionally talented JACK Quartet.
Soundspace also welcomes violinist Jennifer Koh, a longtime 92Y collaborator and one of today’s most innovative musicians. She illustrates Beethoven’s lasting influence with her four-concert residency “Bridge to Beethoven.” She and pianist Shai Wosner perform all of the composer’s violin sonatas – along with new works by contemporary composers – from a variety of cultural backgrounds that respond to these specific sonatas.
Now in its second season, “Sir András Schiff Selects: Young Pianists” reflects both 92Y’s and Schiff’s dedication to championing the next generation of performers by inviting promising young pianists, who have already garnered critical acclaim overseas, to make their US debuts at 92Y in programs of their choosing. For Soundspace this season, Sir András Schiff has hand-selected three pianists to perform in this intimate series, which has been part of an international initiative on Schiff’s part to nurture and introduce young artists
Schedule of events
Monday, October 26, 2015 at 8:30 PM
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 12, No. 1
Monday, November 2, 2015 at 8:30 PM
MARTINŮ Fantasie for Theremin, Oboe, Piano and Strings
Post-concert discussion with Deborah Bradley-Kramer (SPEAKmusic) and interview with Zuzana Justman, sister of Jiri Pick.
Monday, December 7, 2015 at 8:30 PM
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata in A minor, Op. 23
Monday, January 25, 2016 at 8:30 PM
Works by SCARLATTI, J.S. BACH, COUPERIN, BEETHOVEN, CHOPIN, LISZT, DEBUSSY, ANTHEIL, KURTÁG, BOULEZ and others
Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8:30 PM
Works by BACH, MOZART, BRAHMS
Monday, March 21, 2016 at 8:30 PM
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 12, No. 3
Monday, March 28, 2016 at 8:30 PM
Works by BRAHMS, BEETHOVEN, PROKOFIEV
Monday, April 11, 2016 at 8:30 PM
ACHRON Hebrew Melody, op. 33
Post-concert discussion of the newly discovered works of Jacob Weinberg by Deborah Bradley-Kramer (SPEAKmusic), with Ellen Mausner Weinberg and Weinberg’s granddaughter
Monday, April 18, 2016 at 8:30 PM
HAYDN String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 33, No. 2 “The Joke”
Monday, May 2, 2016 at 8:30 PM
Works by BACH, DEBUSSY, JEAN-SÉLIM ABDELMOULA, CHOPIN, SCHUBERT
Monday, May 23, 2016 at 8:30 PM
DEREK BERMEL New work (92Y commission; NY premiere)
Single Subscription tickets for 92Y’s 2015/16 season are now on sale. For more information, please visit www.92Y.org/Concerts or call the 92Y Box Office at 212-415-5500.
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ABOUT HANNA ARIE-GAIFMAN, DIRECTOR, TISCH CENTER FOR THE ARTS