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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:30PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Angela Hewitt, piano

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:30PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Nicola Benedetti, violin (92Y debut)
Leonard Elschenbroich, cello (92Y debut)
Alexei Grynyuk, piano (92Y debut)

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:30PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
Akira Eguchi, piano

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 8:30PM
92Y – Buttenwieser Hall
Ariel Quartet

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Sergio & Odair Assad, guitar duo

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 8:30PM
92Y – Buttenwieser Hall
Michael Brown, piano (92Y debut)

Angela Hewitt: Bach Odyssey,
Angela Hewitt Returns to 92Y

This spring marks the return of Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt to 92Y with Angela Hewitt: Bach Odysseya four-season-long exploration of Bach’s keyboard works in their entirety. The award-winning musician performs every keyboard work of J.S. Bach in a series of 12 recitals across the world, making her New York appearances exclusively at 92Y. In her third and final concert of the season, which closes the first year of this ambitious concert series, Ms. Hewitt presents a selection of Bach’s virtuosic sonatas and partitas.

Ms. Hewitt’s career has been filled with accolades. She was named ‘Artist of the Year’ at the 2006 Gramophone awards, and in 2015 she promoted to a Companion of the Order of Canada. As such, Hewitt has conducted masterclasses around the world to share her knowledge and experience with young pianists.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:30PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Angela Hewitt: Bach Odyssey
Angela Hewitt,

Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
Sonata in D minor, BWV 964
Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828

Tickets: $25, 50, 60, 65
Artist Website: Angela Hewitt

Nicola Benedetti, Leonard Elschenbroich, and Alexei Grynyuk Make 92Y Debut as Trio with Turnage Premiere

Performing as a trio since 2008, tonight marks internationally acclaimed artists Nicole Benedetti, Leornad Eslchenbroich, and Alexei Grynyuk’s 92Y debut. Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition at the age of 16. She is the first solo British violinist to enter the UK Top 20 since the 1990s, and is one of the most sought-after young violinists of today. In demand with major orchestras and conductors around the globe, Ms. Benedetti was awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to music and charity. The New York Times praises the 29-year-old violinist: “Ms. Benedetti’s playing is always top-notch, her sound is brilliant and clean.” She is also the winner of Best Female Artist for the 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards. Ms. Benedetti is also passionate about providing music education and master classes for aspiring young musicians; her educational initiatives include The Benedetti Sessions, established in 2013 at Glasgow’s City Halls.

The New York Times calls Leonard Elschenbroich “a musician of great technical prowess, intellectual curiosity and expressive depth.” Elschenbroich is intentionally praised as one of the most appealing cellists of his generation. The German cellist is a winner of the Leonard Bernstein Prize, and has performed with an eclectic variety of international orchestras from Nagoya Philharmonic to BBC Philharmonic. He enjoys giving contemporary music performances, including tonight’s piece by Mark-Anthony Turnage, whose inspiration for the work was the relationship between Elschenbroich and Benedetti, both professionally and romantically.

Ukranian pianist Alexei Grynyuk has been described by Le Figaro as a “master of transparent and sovereign touch.” Grynyuk began developing his musical talents at age six and has since won numerous international piano competitions, including the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:30PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Chamber Ensembles
Nicola Benedetti, violin (92Y debut)
Leonard Elschenbroich, cello (92Y debut)
Alexei Grynyuk, piano (92Y debut)

RAVEL: Violin Sonata
DEBUSSY: Cello Sonata
MARK-ANTHONY TURNAGE: Duetti d’Amore for violin and cello (US premiere written for Ms. Benedetti and Mr. Elschenbroich)
Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50

Tickets: $25, 40, 50, 60 
Artist Websites: Nicola Benedetti, Leonard Elschenbroich, Alexei Grynyuk

Fantasia: An Evening of Fantasy –
Anne Akiko Meyers and Akira Eguchi

Anne Akiko Meyers has been an extremely successful and active violinist for more than three decades. In 2014, she was the top-selling traditional classical instrumental soloist on Billboard charts. The violinist regularly performs as a guest soloist with the world’s top orchestras. Tonight’s thematic pieces of fantasy tie into her upcoming album “Fantasy: The Fantasia Album” that will be released this year.  Tonight’s performance bridges the gap between the classical works of traditional virtuosity with the avant-garde, bringing the audience on a fascinating trajectory that ranges from Beethoven to Jakub Ciupinski. A pioneer of new music, Ms. Meyers commissioned the late Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Fantasia, his final work before his passing last year; the arrangement for violin and piano makes its world premiere at 92Y.

With more than 20 years of international piano performances since his professional debut in 1992, Akira Eguchi returns to 92Y for a collaborative effort in the fantastical with Meyers. The pianist is well-known for his collaborative efforts, having worked with such violinists as Gil Shaham, Akiko Suwanai, Kyoko Takezawa, Tamaki Kawakubo, and Reiko Watanabe amongst the others. He is currently an Associate Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Fantasia: An Evening of Fantasy
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
Akira Eguchi, piano

BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 12, No. 1
ARVO PÄRT: Fratres
EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA: Fantasia (world premiere of arrangement for violin & piano, written for Ms. Meyers)
MORTEN LAURIDSEN: O Magnum Mysterium (world premiere of arrangement for violin & piano, written for Ms. Meyers)
JAKUB CIUPINSKI: Wreck of the Umbria for violin and electronics (written for Ms. Meyers)

Tickets: $25, 35, 45, 50
Artist Website: Anne Akiko Meyers, Akira Eguchi

Distinguished Artists: Alisa Weilerstein performs
Bach’s Complete Suites for Solo Cello

Tonight’s performance Bach’s complete Suites for Solo Cello in a marathon performance, by award winning cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Weilerstein is an exclusive recording artist for the famed Decca Classics label, and has been the first cellist to be signed in more than 30 years. In 2011, she won the MacArthur “genius grant” Fellowship. In response to being awarded the fellowship, The New York Times stated “Any fellowship that recognizes the vibrancy of an idealistic musician like Ms. Weilerstein … deserves a salute from everyone in classical music.”

This season the artist will perform Bach’s complete Suites for Solo Cello in New York, Washington D.C., London, and Caramoor.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Distinguished Artists
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

BACH: Complete Suites for Solo Cello, BWV 1007-1012
Suite No. 3 in C major
Suite No. 4 in E-flat major
Suite No. 5 in C minor
Suite No. 2 in D minor
Suite No. 1 in G major
Suite No. 6 in D major

Tickets:  $25, 46, 56, 66
Artist Website: Alisa Weilerstein

Soundspace: Ariel Quartet Explores World Religions
In Music; NY Premiere of Fairouz Work

The Ariel Quartet returns to 92Y to perform for the Soundspace series, a series of concerts in the intimate Buttenweiser hall to bring the artists and audience together. This evening they present a fascinating program that explores the ties between the three major monotheistic religions.  They combine Beethoven’s great Heiliger Dankgesang late quartet, Op. 132, with a holy song of thanks to his Christian God, with works by contemporary Jewish and Muslim composers.  One of these works, Prophecies by Mohammed Fairouz, makes its New York premiere.

Originally formed in Israel, the quartet is a group of young, talented musicians that have gained a positive international reputation. Currently, they serve as Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and direct the chamber music program.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 8:30 PM
92Y – Buttenwieser Hall

Ariel Quartet

MOHAMMED FAIROUZ: Prophecies (New York premiere)
MENACHEM WIESENBERG: Between the Sacred and the Profane
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

Tickets: $25
Artist Website: Ariel Quartet

Art of the Guitar: The Assad Brothers Return

Brazilian-born brothers, Sérgio and Odair Assad, return to 92Y to perform a diverse group of works for two guitars. The Assads are prolific recording artists, and in 2001 they received the Latin Grammy for their performance of “Sérgio and Odair Assad Play Piazzolla.” They continue to collaborate with acclaimed artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Fernando Suarez Paz, Paquito D’Rivera, and 92Y veteran Gidon Kremer. Their work with Yo-Yo Ma for “Songs of Joy and Peace” won a Grammy in 2009 for Best Classical Crossover.

“They aren’t just soloist but a two-man, multi voice band of soloist who play instinctively well together, with consistent rhythmic intuition and soul.” – The Los Angeles Times

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8PM
92Y – Kaufmann Concert Hall
Art of the Guitar

Sergio & Odair Assad, guitar duo


Pre-concert talk at 7pm with Benjamin Verdery, artistic director of “Art of the Guitar”

Tickets from $25, 40, 50, 60
Artist Website: Assad Brothers

Sir András Schiff Selects Season Closes With Pianist Michael Brown

Sir András Schiff Selects showcases talented, promising young pianists beginning their undoubtedly successful careers. Tonight marks the third season’s close with the 92Y debut of Michael Brown. Winner of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Michael Brown has a promising career in both performance and composition. The New York Times describes Brown as “a confident young composer with a talent for precision” and describes his compositions “darkly alluring.” In tonight’s performance he will perform classics by Mendelssohn and Beethoven, as well as an original composition titled “Constellations and Toccata.”

Michael Brown will continue to have debut recitals in Zurich, Berlin, Florence, Frankfurt, Milan, and Antwerp.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 8:30PM
92Y – Buttenwieser Hall
Sir András Schiff Selects
Michael Brown, piano

MENDELSSOHN: Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in E minor, Op. 35
MENDELSSOHN: Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in D major, Op. 35
MENDELSSOHN: Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in B minor, Op. 35
MICHAEL BROWN: Constellations and Toccata
MENDELSSOHN: Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in B-flat major, Op. 35
BEETHOVEN: Variations and Fugue in E-flat major, Op. 35 “Eroica”

Tickets from $25
Artist Website: Michael Brown


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