The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Alexi Kenney has been praised by The New York Times for “immediately drawing listeners in with his beautifully phrased and delicate playing.” Kenney has performed chamber music and concertos across the US and abroad, while also appearing on NPR’s Performance Today and From the Top.
JUNO Award–winning singer Kiran Ahluwalia puts her personal stamp on the vocal traditions of India and Pakistan by infusing them with the guitar-driven blues of the Sahara and a dash of cutting-edge jazz. Her vocals are buoyed by her wonderfully eclectic band that is led by her husband, Pakistani-American guitarist Rez Abbasi. The harmonium, tabla, and electric bass provide splashes of instrumental color, uniting with Ahluwalia’s voice to create intoxicating music that is both rhapsodic and ecstatic.
Kiran Ahluwalia, Vocals
with Rez Abbasi, Guitar Nitin Mitta, Tabla Will Holshouser, Accordion Cedric Easton, Drums and Djembe
Two brilliant young performers shine new light on American music. Oklahoma-born singer-songwriter Parker Millsap’s songs use Tom Waits-ian imagery, while the “wild, vast power of his voice and his remarkable charisma” (NPR) make his brand of rock, country, and blues unique. Sara Watkins is an outstanding singer and fiddler who is a founding member of the acclaimed band Nickel Creek, has toured with The Decemberists, and puts her personal stamp on all that she plays.
“They may be a relatively young ensemble, but already they come very close to epitomizing the string quartet ideal,” wrote The Washington Post of the Attacca Quartet. The New York–based ensemble is known for its mastery of a vast range of repertoire that spans Haydn to John Adams. The quartet’s recording of works by Adams prompted The New York Times to call its playing “exuberant, funky … exactingly nuanced.” Most recently, it has served as the inaugural ensemble-in-residence at Texas State University’s School of Music, in addition to appearing in concerts and master classes across the United States and South America.
The quality of its performances are outstanding, with an approach to a vast range of music—from centuries past to works written just days before a performance—that is open-minded and fresh. Ensemble Connect has established itself as one of the most exciting groups in New York. Part of Salon Encores.
Ensemble Connect ·· Rosie Gallagher, Flute ·· Stuart Breczinski, Oboe ·· Bixby Kennedy, Clarinet ·· Yoonah Kim, Clarinet ·· Rémy Taghavi, Bassoon ·· Nicolee Kuester, French Horn ·· Brian Olson, Trumpet ·· Oliver Barrett, Trombone ·· Mika Sasaki, Piano ·· Adelya Nartadjieva, Violin ·· Julia Yang, Cello
Different cultures and locales are remarkably vivid in these pulsing musical gems. Despite the initial request coming from Benny Goodman, Bartok’s Contrasts owes less to jazz and more to the pungent folk music of Eastern Europe—perhaps the influence of its co-commissioner, Hungarian violinist Joseph Szigeti. Szymanowski’s virtuoso Mythes draw inspiration from Mediterranean cultures and French impressionist music, while Messiaen expresses his deep faith in a work of timeless beauty composed under trying circumstances while a prisoner of war.
Janine Jansen, Violin Lucas Debargue, Piano Martin Fröst, Clarinet Torleif Thedéen, Cello
Neighborhood Concert: Jazzmeia Horn: A Social Call
Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition and the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. The Dallas native burst onto the New York scene, performing with such jazz luminaries as Frank Wess, Junior Mance, and Ellis Marsalis Jr. She has also appeared at some of the city’s preeminent jazz clubs with her ensemble The Artistry of Jazz Horn, showcasing her vocals with saxophone, piano, bass, drums, and a poet and dancer. Dedicated to educating young people, Horn is a teaching artist with the NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens program.
Jazzmeia Horn ·· Victor Gould, Piano ·· Barry Stephenson, Bass ·· Henry Conerway III, Drums ·· Josh Evans, Trumpet ·· Marcus Miller, Tenor Saxophone ·· Corey A. Wallace, Trombone
Mozart brings the Classical symphony to a glorious apotheosis, while Beethoven heralds a new age of violin concertos. The “Jupiter”—Mozart’s final symphony—has grandeur in its opening movement, tenderness in its Andante, grace and wit in the Menuetto, and propulsive joy in its finale. The antecedents of the large scale, athletic violin concertos of the Romantic era are found in Beethoven’s masterpiece. His Violin Concerto is broader in scope, more opulently orchestrated, and features a solo part unlike anything that came before it. There is also a rarely performed work by Mozart’s Swedish contemporary, Joseph Martin Kraus.
Orchestra of St. Luke's Bernard Labadie, Principal Conductor Designate Augustin Hadelich, Violin
The acclaimed new-music ensemble celebrates its 40th anniversary with two new works and a classic by Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair Philip Glass. Bryce Dessner’s Réponse Lutosławski is the creative fruit of his study of Lutosławski’s string orchestra piece Musique funèbre. Glass’s work is an homage as well: a daring take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with synthesizer replacing the harpsichord and a rollicking finale with a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility.
American Composers Orchestra George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor Tim Fain, Violin Pauchi Sasaki, Electronics and Speaker-Dress
PAUCHI SASAKI GAMA XVI for Orchestra and Electronics (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BRYCE DESSNER Réponse Lutosławski (NY Premiere)
PHILIP GLASS Violin Concerto No. 2, "The American Four Seasons"
Performance includes a discussion with Philip Glass and Pauchi Sasaki, moderated by Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean, The Juilliard School.
Andrei Bondarenko, Baritone Gary Matthewman, Piano
The brief but beautiful songs of Tchaikovsky have the melodic richness and emotional power of his larger-scaled orchestral works and operas, while the chansons of Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and other French composers delight with their subtle charms. Andrei Bondarenko—a singer with “an astonishingly beautiful voice” (The Guardian) and winner of the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize—performs these songs, plus works by Ibert and Ravel inspired by Don Quixote and written for the legendary Russian bass Feodor Chaliapin.
Part of Salon Encores.
Andrei Bondarenko, Baritone Gary Matthewman, Piano
IBERT Chansons de Don Quichotte
FAURÉ "Les berceaux"
FAURÉ "Fleur jetée"
RAVEL Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
SVIRIDOV "The Bride" from St. Petersburg
SVIRIDOV "The Virgin in the city" from St. Petersburg
SVIRIDOV "O my homeland, O happy and eternal hour!" from Russia Cast Adrift
RACHMANINOFF "In the silence of the secret night," Op. 4, No. 3
RACHMANINOFF "When yesterday we met"
RACHMANINOFF "Were you hiccoughing"
TCHAIKOVSKY "Amid the din of the ball"
TCHAIKOVSKY "I should like in a single word"
TCHAIKOVSKY "The Nightingale"
TCHAIKOVSKY "My Genius, My Angel, My Friend"
TCHAIKOVSKY "I bless you, forests"
TCHAIKOVSKY "Not a word, O my friend"
TCHAIKOVSKY "Again, as before, alone," Op. 73, No. 6