MID-DAY MUSIC @ COLUMBIA Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1-2pm | Garden Room 2 | Faculty House | 64 Morningside Dr. Come join us in the Garden Room at Faculty House, where Students and Music Associates from Columbia University's Music Performance Program will be showcased in an afternoon recital series. PROGRAM Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise brilliant in C major, Op. 3 Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata Op. 19 David Popper: Elfentanz, Op. 39 BIOGRAPHY Eighteen-year-old Elena Ariza is a cellist from Cupertino, California and currently attends Columbia University as part of its exchange program with the Juilliard School. In 2015, Elena performed as a soloist at Davies Symphony Hall with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, and in the same year, was featured on NPR’s From the Top. She is an alumna of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College as well as the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, for which she served as Principal Cellist for two years. Elena has won numerous solo and concerto competitions such as the Music Teachers National Association’s California State Competition, Pacific Musical Society Annual Competition, Mondavi Young Artists Competition, and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and Symphony Parnassus concerto competitions, among others. She has played in masterclasses led by David Finckel, Ronald Leonard, Colin Carr, Robert deMaine, and Bonnie Hampton, and she has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, and the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival and School. As a chamber musician, she has participated in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Chamber Music Program since 2008 and most recently played in the Cambiata String Quartet, which competed in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in 2016. She also played in the AYE Piano Trio as part of the Young Chamber Musicians program, led by Susan Bates. In 2011, Elena helped raise more than $12,000 through three charity concerts that she and her friends organized in the San Francisco Bay Area, in order to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Since then, she has performed in several concerts to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Japanese Red Cross, Global Giving, and the Transparent Fish Fund. In her free time, she enjoys computer programming and paper crafting. Misha Galant is a sophomore in the Columbia University and Juilliard School Exchange in New York City. He began piano lessons at the age of six and continued for 12 years with his mother, Olya Katsman. Currently, he studies with Matti Raekallio at the Juilliard School. Misha’s musical heritage includes three generations of pianists, including his great-grandmother who was a student of Maria Yudina along with Vladimir Horowitz, and his great-grandfather who studied with Heinrich Neuhaus in Kiev, Ukraine. His accomplishments include first prizes in the Marylin Mindell Piano Competition, the Ross Mckee Piano Competition, the Pacific Musical Society competition, the San Jose International Piano Competition, and the Henry & Carol Zeiter piano competition at UOP, along with numerous other local competitions. He was the state winner in the 2010 MTAC concerto competition and again in 2015, when he was...
Taiwanese pianist Yi-Yang Chen is the 2017 winner of the Waring International Piano Competition. Mr. Chen received his Master’s degree from Juilliard and is currently a doctoral student at Eastman, studying with Douglas Humpherys. Top prizes include the 2016 Hartford Chopin International Competition, High Point Competition, Thousand Islands International Chopin Competition, San Jose International Competition, Seattle International Competition, and Schubert Club Scholarship Competition. Performers Yi-Yang Chen, Piano
Armenian-American pianist Karine Poghosyan recently released a CD of works by Khachaturian on Naxos. In 2017, Ms. Poghosyan performed with Sinfonia Toronto and Wallingford Symphony, and will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2018. She returns to Weill Recital Hall to present her program "Transformations," composed of piano works originally written for orchestra, violin, and the ballet. Performers Kariné Poghosyan, Piano Program BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 (arr. Franz Liszt for solo piano) BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Paganini in A Minor, Op. 35, Book I KHACHATURIAN Adagio from Spartacus (arr. Matthew Cameron) STRAVINSKY The Firebird Suite (arr. Agosti)
BSM piano faculty member Roberto Hidalgo presents a program of works from France, Mexico and Russia exploring the range of expression from neo-classical restraint to romantic exuberance.
October 20 • Friday, 8 pm BUY TICKETS NOW $40 ($35 Senior, $20 Student) Masterworks Series Little Tribute to Vienna Haydn Sonata No. 47 in B minor, Hob. XVI:32 Schubert/Liszt Valse-Caprice No. 6, “Soirées de Vienne” Webern Kinderstück, Op. posth. Kreisler/Rachmaninov Liebesleid Schumann Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 Alexandra Joan, piano
The rarely performed Sinfonia that Verdi wrote for the La Scala premiere of Aida is a full-fledged overture that reflects themes from the opera, while Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome are spectacularly orchestrated tone poems that evoke the beauty of the Eternal City. To add to the festivities, Martha Argerich returns to Carnegie Hall after a nine-year absence to play Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3—one of her specialties. Performers Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director and Conductor Martha Argerich, Piano Program VERDI Sinfonia from Aida PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3 RESPIGHI Fountains of Rome RESPIGHI Pines of Rome
Performers Ensemble Connect ·· Rosie Gallagher, Flute ·· Yoonah Kim, Clarinet ·· Brandon Ilaw, Percussion ·· Lee Dionne, Piano ·· Mika Sasaki, Piano ·· Rebecca Anderson, Violin ·· Adelya Nartadjieva, Violin ·· Andrew Gonzalez, Viola ·· Madeline Fayette, Cello ·· Julia Yang, Cello Program BERNSTEIN Clarinet Sonata MISSY MAZZOLI Still Life with Avalanche COPLAND Sextet STEVE REICH Different Trains
October 21 • Saturday, 6 pm BUY TICKETS NOW $40 ($35 Senior, $20 Student) Masterworks Series Chopin Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20 Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31 Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39 Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54 Stravinsky Three Movements from “Petrushka” Oleg Khudyakov, piano
October 21 • Saturday, 8 pm BUY TICKETS NOW $40 ($35 Senior, $20 Student) Masterworks Series Janacek Sonata for Violin and Piano Szymanowski Myths, Op. 30: “Arethusa’s Fountain” Weniawski Faust Fantasy for violin and piano, Op. 20 Daniel Kogan, violin Oleg Khudyakov, piano
Performers Nikita Galaktionov, Piano
October 22 • Sunday, 2 pm BUY TICKETS NOW October 22 • Sunday, 4 pm BUY TICKETS NOW $40 ($35 Senior, $20 Student) Masterworks Series “Beethoven—Master of the Variations” Beethoven 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80 Diabellli Variations, Op. 120 Steven Beck, piano
As a pianist, Adam Gyorgy seeks to preserve the tradition of historic classical artists, while using his distinct style of improvisation to compose original music. In 2012, Mr. Gyorgy opened the UEFA European Football Championship in Warsaw with an interpretation of Chopin’s “Winter Wind,” broadcast live around the world. He is a Steinway Artist and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Canada, the Palace of Arts in Hungary, and the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore. Performers Adam Gyorgy, Piano
Performers Philip Edward Fisher, Piano Eriko Sato, Violin Calvin Wiersma, Violin Ah-Ling Neu, Viola Ruth Sommers, Cello Program MOZART Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 493 MOHAMMED FAIROUZ Evermore for String Quartet and Voice (NY Premiere) DOHNANYI Piano Quintet No. 1, Op. 1
The CIRCE Trio (Zach Mo, Laura Kay, Isabel Fairbanks) presents a concert of modern works and opera classics. The CIRCE Trio, Isabel Fairbanks (cellist), Laura Kay (soprano) and Zach Mo (pianist), has made a name for itself as one of the most versatile soprano-cello-piano trios in New York City. Formed in 2012, CIRCE has performed multiple recital programs consisting of works of the well-known trio repertoire, arrangements of classical favorites and new and innovative pieces for the repertoire. CIRCE has performed as an ensemble and with other influential musicians on concert stages and festivals around the city, and was the featured ensemble at the Sari Carel/MOC (with Eric Legris) Art Installation closing at La MaMa Galleria in SoHo in 2013. Zach Mo, pianist and founding member of the CIRCE Trio, serves on the piano and chamber music faculties of the 92Y School of Music. This program is part of the Gilda and Henry Block School of Music. Andre Previn (b. 1929), Vocalise Andre Previn, Four Songs I. Mercy II. Stones III. Shelter IV. The Lacemaker Andre Previn, Two Arias from A Streetcar Named Desire I. I Want Magic! II. Sea Air John Adams (b. 1947), This is Prophetic! from Nixon in China W.A. Mozart (1756-1791), Sull’aria from Le Nozze di Figaro John Kander (b. 1927), A Letter from Sullivan Ballou Amy Beach (1867-1944), Chanson d’amour This program is part of the Gilda and Henry Block School of Music.
Whether it's performing a string quartet by Haydn or a daring new work commissioned by Carnegie Hall, there doesn’t seem to be anything the dynamic young musicians of Ensemble Connect can’t do. The New York Times called them “the new face of classical music for New York.” The ensemble performs music by Bernstein, Copland, and Steve Reich—three seminal 20th-century composers with deep New York roots. Part of Salon Encores. Performers Ensemble Connect ·· Rosie Gallagher, Flute ·· Yoonah Kim, Clarinet ·· Brandon Ilaw, Percussion ·· Lee Dionne, Piano ·· Mika Sasaki, Piano ·· Rebecca Anderson, Violin ·· Adelya Nartadjieva, Violin ·· Andrew Gonzalez, Viola ·· Madeline Fayette, Cello ·· Julia Yang, Cello Program BERNSTEIN Clarinet Sonata MISSY MAZZOLI Still Life with Avalanche COPLAND Sextet STEVE REICH Different Trains
Vocal luster, magnetic stage presence, and a sense of the sheer love of singing makes every appearance by soprano Renée Fleming an unforgettable evening. Renowned for her “big, beautiful voice” (The New York Times) and uncanny ability to communicate the essence of a song or operatic aria, Fleming is simply an irresistible performer. Performers Renée Fleming, Soprano Inon Barnatan, Piano Program BRAHMS "Ständchen," Op. 106, No. 1 BRAHMS "Die Mainacht," Op. 43, No. 2 BRAHMS "Mondnacht" BRAHMS "Da unten im Tale" from 49 Deutsche Volkslieder, No. 6 BRAHMS "Junge Lieder I," Op. 63, No. 5 BRAHMS "Wiegenlied," Op. 49, No. 4 BRAHMS "Vergebliches Ständchen," Op. 84, No. 4 ANDRÉ PREVIN Selections from Ten by Yeats (NY Premiere) ·· "A Song" ·· "When You Are Old" ·· "The Moods" ·· "Brown Penny" ·· "Sweet Dancer" ·· "The Fiddler of Dooney" ANDRÉ PREVIN "I can smell the sea air" from A Streetcar Named Desire CAROLINE SHAW "Aurora Borealis" (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall) CAROLINE SHAW "Bed of Letters" (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall) KORNAUTH Selections from Lieder, Op. 37 ·· "Lockung" ·· "Treue" ·· "Nachklänge I" ·· "Waldeinsamkeit" R. STRAUSS Selections from Ariadne auf Naxos ·· "Ach! Wo war ich? Tot?—Ein Schönes war, hiess Theseus-Ariadne" ·· "Es gibt ein Reich"
FREE New York Chamber Music Festival presents on October 24 at 8 pm “FRENCH MASTERPIECES for VIOLIN and HARP” with internationally-renowned violinist (and former MET Opera concertmaster) ELMIRA DARVAROVA and acclaimed French harpist MÉLANIE GENIN, a program of indescribably beautiful gems by Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Ibert, Messiaen, Marais, Berthomieu, and others. Fresh on ... View More »New York Chamber Music Festival presents on October 24 at 8 pm “FRENCH MASTERPIECES for VIOLIN and HARP” with internationally-renowned violinist (and former MET Opera concertmaster) ELMIRA DARVAROVA and acclaimed French harpist MÉLANIE GENIN, a program of indescribably beautiful gems by Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Ibert, Messiaen, Marais, Berthomieu, and others. Fresh on the heels of their successful concerts in Europe with this splendid program, which included three world premieres in Italy (now they become American premieres) the artists collaborate to enchant music lovers and bring them the highest aesthetic experience. Don’t miss hearing a French harpist perform French masterpieces such as the legendary “Meditation” from Massenet’s opera “Thais”, in tandem with a former MET Opera concertmaster - it doesn’t get more authentic than this!!! FREE ADMISSION Artists’ Bios: ELMIRA DARVAROVA, violin GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist, an award-winning performer (Gold Medal at the 2017 Global Music Awards) and a concert violinist since the age of four, Elmira Darvarova caused a sensation, becoming the first ever (and so far only) woman-concertmaster in the history of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. With the MET Orchestra she toured Europe, Japan and the United States, and was heard on the MET's live weekly international radio broadcasts, television broadcasts and CDs for Sony, Deutsche Grammophon and EMI. As concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera she has performed with the greatest conductors of our time, including the legendary Carlos Kleiber. She studied with Yfrah Neaman, Josef Gingold and Henryk Szeryng. She can be heard on numerous CDs (including the world premiere of Vernon Duke's concerto with the Vienna Radio Symphony, and a CD with music by René de Castéra, named a RECORDING OF THE YEAR in 2015 by MusicWeb International). She has appeared on the stages of five continents, and has performed concertos with the Moscow State Symphony, the Vienna Radio Symphony and with numerous European and American orchestras. She has given master classes at many festivals worldwide and has shared the stage for symphonic and chamber performances with music giants such as James Levine, Janos Starker, Gary Karr, Pascal Rogé. A documentary film about her was shown on European television. She performs with the New York Piano Quartet, the Delphinium Trio, the Quinteto del Fuego, the Amram Ensemble, and in a duo with pianist Fernando Otero. She is Jury President of several international chamber music competitions in Europe. She is Director of the New York Chamber Music Festival. Praised by The STRAD for her “intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly sensuous phrasing" and "silky-smooth voluptuous tone”, she was featured in a Gramophone Magazine article about her world-premiere recording with the...
16-year-old Nathan Lee’s performance in the Finals of the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions garnered 14 concert prizes. Notable appearances include a performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic on NPR's "From the Top," sharing the stage at a Seattle Symphony Gala with Lang Lang and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and an invitation from Mr. Thibaudet to perform in a special program, "Carte Blanche" for Radio-France. Performers Nathan Lee, Piano
MID-DAY MUSIC @ COLUMBIA Wednesday, October 25, 2017 1-2pm | Garden Room 2 | Faculty House | 64 Morningside Dr. Come join us in the Garden Room at Faculty House, where Students and Music Associates from Columbia University's Music Performance Program will be showcased in an afternoon recital series. PROGRAM Jorg Widmann Fantasie Robert Muczynski Time Pieces for clarinet and piano, Op. 43 I. Allegro risoluto II. Andante espressivo III. Allegro moderato IV. Andante molto-allegro energico Carl Maria von Weber Grand Duo Concertant in E-flat Major, Op. 48 I. Allegro con fuoco II. Andante con moto III. Rondo: allegro BIOGRAPHY Nikki Pet (CC '20) began learning clarinet at age 10, and is currently studying with Alan Kay through the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange. Nikki has performed with orchestras including the Boston Youth Symphony, Juilliard Pre-College Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, NAfME All-National Orchestra, and Connecticut Youth Symphony. Nikki has also attended summer programs including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where she played with the Young Artists Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, and Greenwood Music Camp, where she performed works including the Brahms and Mozart clarinet quintets, and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. In high school, Nikki received various solo and chamber competition prizes, including 1st place (winds) in the 2016 Hartford Music Club High School Competition, top prize in the 2015 International Grande Music Competition, and first prize in the 2015 Korean Radio Broadcast Competition. Currently, Nikki is a sophomore at Columbia University, pursuing a joint degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. She is also part of several chamber groups through Columbia and Juilliard. All events are sponsored by Columbia University's Music Performance Program and are free and open to the public. Mid-Day Music @ Columbia offers live music to a general audience, following the tradition established by Aaron Warner and Isidor Isaac Rabi, great lovers of music whose memories live on at Faculty House. For more information about performers or program details, please visit: MID-DAY MUSIC
Harold Arlen was one of the great song masters of the 1930s and ’40s, composing such unforgettable hits as “Get Happy,” “Stormy Weather,” and the Academy Award–winning “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz. Arlen’s genius is celebrated by the honey-voiced Michael Feinstein, Australian cabaret star Ali McGregor, tap-dancing songstresses The Honey Taps, and a swinging piano trio. Performers Michael Feinstein, Artistic Director with Special Guests Ali McGregor The Honey Taps Tedd Firth, Piano Phil Palombi, Bass Mark McLean, Drums
Performers Szymon Nehring, Piano Program BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor "Appassionata" SZYMANOWSKI Mazurkas, Op. 50, Nos. 3 and 4 SZYMANOWSKI Variations in B-flat Minor, Op. 3 CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor
Before they were famous composers, Mozart and Beethoven triumphed with their keyboard improvisations—now their present-day counterpart, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, applies his creativity to music for Orpheus. Pianist André Watts returns to NYC after over a decade for a fresh look at Mozart’s most precocious concerto. Beethoven’s vibrant First Symphony caps this celebration of young risk-takers. Performers Orpheus Chamber Orchestra André Watts, Piano Program VIJAY IYER Asunder (NY Premiere) MOZART Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, K. 271, "Jeunehomme" BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1
“He is a powerhouse,” wrote The New York Times of pianist George Li, while The Washington Post said, “there was mind-boggling fluency in Li’s fingerings, an effortlessness to his playing, a beguiling fluidity to his phrasing, a precision to his crisp attacks.” The 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition’s silver medalist makes his Carnegie Hall debut in an eagerly anticipated recital. Part of Salon Encores. Performers George Li, Piano Program HAYDN Piano Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI: 32 CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35 RACHMANINOFF Variations on a Theme of Corelli LISZT Consolation No. 3 in D-flat Major LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp Minor
October 28 • Saturday, 6 pm BUY TICKETS NOW October 28 • Saturday, 8 pm BUY TICKETS NOW $40 ($35 Senior, $20 Student) Masterworks Series Mozart Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, K. 301 Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat Major, K. 378 Schubert Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C Major, D. 934 Mark Peskanov, violin Olga Vinokur, piano