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Ensemble Connect

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
Ensemble Connect by Fadi Kheir
Ensemble Connect, “the new face of classical music for New York” (The New York Times), performs a rarely heard masterpiece of the Romantic era and more. Brahms was not one to offer effusive praise, but even he had kind words for Dvořák’s sextet, citing its “infinite beauty” and “marvelous inventiveness, freshness, and gorgeous sound.” Dvořák looked to Brahms’s sextets for inspiration, but he lightened the German master’s serious tone with lively Slavic folk accents in a wonderfully expressive work.


Ensemble Connect
·· Leo Sussman, Flute
·· Tamara Winston, Oboe
·· Noémi Sallai, Bass Clarinet
·· Yoonah Kim, Clarinet (Alum)
·· Thea Humphries, Horn
·· Oliver Barrett, Trombone (Alum)
·· Christopher Goodpasture, Piano
·· Gergana Haralampieva, Violin
·· Brian Hong, Violin
·· Suliman Tekalli, Violin
·· Caeli Smith, Viola
·· Meagan Turner, Viola
·· Ari Evan, Cello
·· Arlen Hlusko, Cello
·· Ha Young Jung, Bass
Jane Kim, Conductor


BACH Sonata sopr' il Soggetto Reale from Musical Offering, BWV 1079


DVOŘÁK String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

Salon Encores

Get together with people who love music after this Weill Recital Hall concert for a free drink and discussion with the evening's musicians.
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Ensemble Connect is a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.

Lead funding has been provided by Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, Max H. Gluck Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Irving Harris Foundation, Hearst Foundations, The Kovner Foundation, Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Hope and Robert F. Smith.

Additional support has been provided by the Arnow Family Fund, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, E.H.A. Foundation, Barbara G. Fleischman, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Education and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Ensemble Connect is also supported, in part, by an endowment grant from The Kovner Foundation.

At a Glance

BACH  Sonata sopr’ il Soggetto Reale from Musical Offering, BWV 1079

The Soggetto Reale, or “royal theme,” upon which Bach based his Musical Offering was written by no less than King Frederick the Great of Prussia, himself a notable flutist and composer. This magisterial and enigmatic work centers on a trio sonata that combines Frederick’s instrument with violin and continuo. The sonata demonstrates Bach’s contrapuntal mastery, as well as his affinity for the fashionable “sensitive style” of the mid-1700s.



Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir is well-known to New York audiences, having received the New York Philharmonic’s Kravis Emerging Composer Award in 2015, as well as this year’s Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center. Hrím—the Icelandic word for “hoarfrost”—is typical of her powerfully suggestive sonic landscapes. Airy and ethereal, the music resonates with “the sense of space ... the sound of the wind and the constantly changing weather” that Thorvaldsdottir considers key to her musical identity.


DVOŘÁK  String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48

One of Dvořák’s most characteristic chamber works, the A-Major String Sextet exemplifies the imaginative evocations of the dumka and other Slavonic folk music that defined his early “nationalist” style. With its generous fund of melodies, exotic harmonies, and robust, multilayered rhythms, the sextet has been a surefire crowd-pleaser ever since it helped establish the Czech composer’s international reputation in the late 1870s.


Ensemble Connect
Artistry. Education. Advocacy. Entrepreneurship.

Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States that prepares them for careers combining musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers them top-quality ...

Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States that prepares them for careers combining musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers them top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and the opportunity to partner throughout the fellowship with a New York City public school.

As performers on the concert stage and in their work in schools and communities, musicians of Ensemble Connect have earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of their concerts, their fresh and open-minded approach to programming, and their ability to actively engage any audience.

Moving on to the next stage of their careers, Ensemble Connect’s 119 alumni are now making an impact on the national and international musical landscape in a wide variety of artistic and educational arenas. Continuing the strong bonds formed through the program, in 2011 the alumni formed the chamber music collective Decoda, which has been named an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall.

Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the community, the forward-looking musicians of Ensemble Connect are redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century.

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