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THE 2016 SEASON IN PALO ALTO

SZYMANOWSKI QUARTET

Mon, Feb. 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm

SARAH CHANG, violin

Mon, March 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm

COREY CEROVSEK TRIO

Mon, March 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm

CALEFAX

Mon, April 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm

NELSON FREIRE, piano

Mon, May 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm

All concerts will be at the Oshman Family JCC.

 

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SZYMANOWSKI QUARTET

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM

SZAMOTULY Four Polish Renaissance Chorales
SZYMANOWSKI Nocturne and Tarantella

WEBER Clarinet Quintet

BEETHOVEN Quartet in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It was hard not to fall in love with the Szymanowski Quartet”

—The New York Times

Founded in Warsaw in 1995, this remarkable group employs a vivid, wide-ranging palette of tonal colors to strike a perfect balance between intellect and passion.  As its members are from Ukraine and Poland, the quartet springs from the very heart of musical “Mitteleuropa” and the result is sensational.  After winning prizes at competitions in Melbourne, Osaka, and Florence, the group is now sought after by such top venues as Carnegie Hall, the Louvre, London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein and Berlin’s Konzerthaus, as well as other concert halls and prestigious festivals in Europe, the United States, Asia, Australia and South America.

 

 

In 2005 they were honored with the “Szymanowski Award” of the Karol Szymanowski Foundation in Warsaw, the only time it has ever been given to a string quartet. In 2007 they were awarded the Medal of Honor by the Polish government for their service to Polish culture.

Their program for us will include Karl Maria von Weber’s sparkling Clarinet Quintet featuring guest artist Ivar Berix, the noted Dutch clarinetist and member of Calefax.

ARTIST''S WEBSITE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SARAH CHANG, violin
with JULIO ELIZALDE, piano

MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016 at 7:30 PM

BARTOK Rumanian Dances

BRAHMS Sonata No. 3 in D minor

FRANCK Sonata
RAVEL Tzigane

 

 

 

 

“Her gifts are at a level so removed from the rest of us that all we can do is feel the appropriate awe and then wonder on the mysteries of nature. The ancients would certainly have had Ms. Chang emerging fully formed from some Botticellian scallop shell.” 

—The New York Times

One of the most remarkable violin prodigies of any generation, Sarah Chang has matured into a young artist whose musical insight, technical virtuosity, and emotional range continue to astonish.

She has performed with such major orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, led by such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, André Previn, and Michael Tilson.

 

She has given recitals at the Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Symphony Hall (Boston), the Barbican Centre, the Philharmonie (Berlin) and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam).

 

Ms. Chang has played chamber music with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yefim Bronfman, Martha Argerich, Leif Ove Andsnes, Stephen Kovacevich, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Lars Vogt and the late Isaac Stern.

 

Besides winning such prestigious awards as the Avery Fisher Career Grant and Gramophone’s “Young Artist of the Year” award, Ms Chang has had some extraordinary recognition: Yale University has named a chair in Sprague Hall in her honor, in 2006 Newsweek named her as one of the Twenty Top Women in Leadership and, in 2008, she was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. 

 

In June 2004 she carried the Olympic Torch in New York, and in the same month became the  youngest person ever to receive the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame award.  In 2011, Ms. Chang was named an official Artistic Ambassador by the United States Embassy.

 

American pianist Julio Elizalde has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He has collaborated with such artists as violinist Pamela Frank, composers Osvaldo Golijov and Stephen Hough, and members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Kronos, and Brentano string quartets. Mr. Elizalde is a founding member of the New Trio, winner of both the Fischoff and Coleman National Chamber Music Competitions.

MS CHANG'S' WEBSITE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COREY CEROVSEK TRIO

MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016 at 7:30 PM

PROGRAM to be announced

 

 

 

 

 

Corey Cerovsek, violin
Alexander Kniazev, cello
Katia Skanavi, piano


Grammy-nominated violinist Corey Cerovsek performs with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas and Neeme Järvi. His North American performances have included concertos with the orchestras of Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Detroit, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto, and he has toured in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Japan, China, Austria, the Netherlands, Brazil and Spain. Chamber music partners include Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Thomas Quasthoff, Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, Leonidas Kavakos, Alexandre Tharaud, Truls Mørk, Isabelle Van Keulen and Leif Ove Andsnes.

 

Cerovsek has given recitals at such prestigious venues as the Gardner Museum (Boston), Kennedy Center (Washington), Lincoln Center and the Frick Collection (New York), the Place des Arts (Montreal), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), Wigmore Hall (London) and the Theâtre du Châtelet (Paris).

He has been featured twice on NBC's Tonight Show (with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno), on the David Frost Show, on the PBS special Musical Encounters and on CBS's Sunday Morning.   Cerovsek performs on the “Milanollo” Stradivarius of 1728, an instrument played, among others, by Nicolò Paganini.

MR. CEROVSEK'S WEBSITE

 

 

Russian cellist Alexander Kniazev has played under such conductors as Rostropovitch, Järvi and Masur.  His chamber music partners include Evgeny Kissin, Vadim Repin, Boris Berezovsky, Denis Matsuev and Nikolai Lugansky and he has performed throughout the world at such venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, the Musikverein in Vienna, Salle Pleyel, the Salzburg Festival, and at the Lugano Festival at the invitation of Martha Argerich. His recordings have earned Gramophone, Diapason d’Or and Echo Awards.

MR. KNIAZEV'S WEBSITE

Greek-Russian pianist Katia Skanavi performs with such artists as Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer and Truls Mørk.  Recently she has had recital and orchestral engagements in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Berlin (Philharmonie), London, Vienna (Musikverein and Konzerthaus), Luxembourg, Madrid, Tokyo (Suntory Hall), Moscow, Paris and La Roque d’Anthéron festival.  In the United States she has given New York, Ravinia and Washington and had concerto appearances with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Dallas, Indianapolis and San Francisco.

MS SKANAVI'S WEBSITE

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALEFAX

MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016 at 7:30 PM

BACH Prelude and Fugue

SCHUMANN Waldszenen

SCRIABIN Preludes

GERSHWIN An American in Paris

The way in which Calefax’ five reed players give music a new look, without a trace of friction, leaves one speechless every time…”

—de Volkskrant

 

A sound like no other! Calefax is a pioneering wind group from Amsterdam, famed throughout Europe.  These free-spirited virtuosos have not only invented their own ensemble (oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, bass clarinet) but transcribe their own wide-ranging repertoire, commission new works, and always thrill their audiences.

 

The creators of a completely new genre – the reed quintet – Calefax is a classical ensemble with a pop mentality, with repertoire that spans many centuries of music. Besides classical chamber music masterpieces (arranged to fit their own unique instrumental line up, approximately two hundred original works have by now been written especially for Calefax by composers from all over the world. During their many travels and collaborations, they have drawn influences from world music, jazz and improvisation.

 

Calefax has to date released 17 CDs, under the renowned German record label MDG and under their own label RIOJA Records. All of these CDs have been received by the international press with great enthusiasm. Their most recent CD, the long expected CD/DVD of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, has been awarded with five stars in Dutch newspapers de Volkskrant and de Telegraaf.

 

ARTIST'S WEBSITE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NELSON FREIRE, piano

MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016 at 7:30 PM

BACH Partita No. 6 in D Major
SCHUMANN Symphonic Etudes
CHOPIN Three Mazurkas, Op. 59
CHOPIN Sonata No. 3 in B minor

 

 

 

 

 

 

“In an age when overt showmanship grabs lots of attention, Freire offers a gentle reminder that interpretive depth has an irresistible power all its own.” 

—The New York Times

This Brazilian-born virtuoso a highly sought-after soloist of the first rank, blending fire and poetry with a jaw-dropping technique.   At twenty-three he made a sensation in his London debut, whereupon The Times called him “The young lion of the keyboard”The following year, after his New York debut with the New York Philharmonic, Time Magazine hailed him as “One of the most exciting pianists of this or any age”.

 

 

Ever since, Nelson Freire has performed regularly with many of the world's major conductors, such as Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Eugen Jochum, André Previn, Lorin Maazel, Rudolf Kempe, Rafael Kubelik, Kurt Masur and Sir Colin Davis. He has appeared with the greatest orchestras:  the Philharmonics of Berlin, London, New York and Israel, as well with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the orchestras of Munich, Paris, Tokyo, St. Petersburg  - including the Mariinsky - Vienna, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Chicago and Montreal.

 

 

Mr. Freire has recorded extensively for Sony/CBS, Decca and Deutsche Grammophon, and was awarded volume 29 in the Philips’ iconic 100-volume CD collection “Great Pianists of the Century.”

ARTIST'S WEBSITE