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Ensemble Connect

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
Ensemble Connect by Fadi Kheir
Ensemble Connect takes you on a journey that reveals Bach’s magnificent mastery of counterpoint, Shulamit Ran’s contemporary view of that genius, and Messiaen’s unique musical language. Messiaen achieved transcendence in his Quartet for the End of Time, using Eastern rhythms, snippets of bird song, and spectacular colors to express his deep faith in a resulting work of timeless beauty.


Ensemble Connect
·· Noémi Sallai, Clarinet
·· Christopher Goodpasture, Piano
·· Gergana Haralampieva, Violin
·· Brian Hong, Violin
·· Jennifer Liu, Violin
·· Suliman Tekalli, Violin
·· Caeli Smith, Viola
·· Meagan Turner, Viola
·· Ari Evan, Cello
·· Arlen Hlusko, Cello



BACH Contrapunctus X from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

SHULAMIT RAN Lyre of Orpheus

MESSIAEN Quartet for the End of Time

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, 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.

Global Ambassadors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.

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, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Trust for Mutual Understanding.

NYC Department of Education and New York State of Opportunity Council on the Arts

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 M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

At a Glance

BACH  Contrapunctus X from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

Bach’s monumental compendium The Art of Fugue, which the composer had not quite completed at the time of his death in 1750, was conceived as a didactic work illustrating Baroque counterpoint technique. In tonight’s performance, one of the intricately wrought double fugues from Bach’s collection is paired with a short, but equally intricate, prelude by contemporary composer Shulamit Ran.


SHULAMIT RAN Lyre of Orpheus

The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice has attracted composers ever since the dawn of opera in the late 16th century. Although Shulamit Ran admits that the title of her string sextet Lyre of Orpheus came to her as an afterthought, the somber, expressionistic drama of the music speaks for itself. Ran casts the first cellist in the role of the lyre-playing god, featured in a series of concertante-style arias and cadenzas.


MESSIAEN Quatuor pour la fin du temps

French composer Olivier Messiaen drew inspiration from many sources—particularly birdsong, medieval plainchant, and Indian ragas. Each of these influences plays a role in the extraordinary Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time). A landmark of 20th-century music, it was written and first performed in a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. “Its musical language is essentially immaterial, spiritual, Catholic,” said the devoutly religious Messiaen. He compared the effect of his music to that of a stained-glass window, with colors melding together under shifting sunlight in the open air.


Ensemble Connect
Artistry. Education. Advocacy. Entrepreneurship.

Ensemble Connect was created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School’s President Joseph W. Polisi. Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship program for extraordinary young professional classical musicians residing in the US ...

Ensemble Connect was created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The Juilliard School’s President Joseph W. Polisi. Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship program for extraordinary young professional classical musicians residing in the US that prepares them for careers combining musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and partnerships throughout the fellowship with New York City public schools.

Ensemble Connect fellows—chosen for their musicianship, but also for their leadership qualities and commitment to music education—have come from some of the best music schools in the country, including the Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Stony Brook University, University of Southern California, and Yale School of Music.

Ensemble Connect has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its performances, as well as its fresh and open-minded approach, performing a wide range of music—from centuries past to works written days before an event—in a variety of venues. The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and has regularly appeared at The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall and other venues throughout New York City. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble Connect gives master classes for university students and performs for the Saratoga Springs community both in concert halls and informal settings around town.

Along with performance opportunities at premier venues in New York City and beyond, Ensemble Connect fellows partner with instrumental music teachers at New York City public schools to share artistry with—and become central resources for—music classrooms in the five boroughs. Ensemble Connect fellows also take part in community work, performing at many unconventional music venues across New York City, including correctional facilities, homeless shelters, senior community centers, and organizations serving special needs populations. Throughout the two-year fellowship, Ensemble Connect fellows participate in rigorous, ongoing professional development to ensure that they gain the necessary skills to be successful in all areas of the program and to give them the tools to shape purposeful, personally rewarding career paths that give back to their communities. Areas of emphasis include artistic excellence, on- and off-stage engagement strategies, advocacy, professional skills, and preparation for their in-school work.

Moving on to the next stage of their careers, Ensemble Connect’s 119 alums 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 alums formed the chamber music collective Decoda, which has been named an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and passionate advocates of 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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