Posts Tagged ‘classical music’
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Jennifer Koh, violin
Bach: Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 — Chaconne
Jan 30, 2011 at 92nd Street Y
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YOLANDA KONDONASSIS, Harpist – 15 CDs for TELARC
Yolanda Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world’s premiere solo harpists and is widely regarded as today’s most recorded classical harpist. Hailed as “an extraordinary virtuosa” and “sheer luminescence at the harp,” she has performed around the globe as a concerto soloist and in recital, bringing her unique brand of musicianship and warm artistry to an ever-increasing audience.
Since making her debut at age 18 with the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, Ms. Kondonassis has appeared as soloist with numerous major orchestras in the United States and abroad such as The Cleveland Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico, Phoenix Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and Florida Orchestra, to name a few. Other solo appearances include engagements at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y and Taiwan’s National Concert Hall.
Ms. Kondonassis’ extensive discography includes her recent Grammy-nominated release of music by Takemitsu and Debussy entitled Air, as well as Salzedo’s Harp, Debussy’s Harp, The Romantic Harp, her own (and the first-ever) harp transcription of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with the Orchestra of Flanders, an all-Hovhaness album, featuring the world premiere recording of his Spirit of Trees, Quietude, A New Baroque, Pictures of the Floating World, Dream Season, Sky Music, and her debut album, Scintillation. Her recording of Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, with flutist Renée Krimsier and the English Chamber Orchestra, was released on the Channel Classics label.
Chamber music is a passion for Ms. Kondonassis and she enjoys every opportunity to indulge, including a recent tour of New Zealand with the Still/Chase/Kondonassis Trio and frequent appearances on chamber music series throughout the United States. She has appeared at numerous festivals such as the Marlboro, Spoleto, Tanglewood, Vail, Bay Chamber, Strings in the Mountains, Innsbrook, Great Lakes, and Mainly Mozart Festivals and has collaborated with members of the Alban Berg, Guarneri, Shanghai, Rossetti, Biava, and Vermeer string quartets.
As an author, composer, and arranger, Ms. Kondonassis has published three books to date: On Playing the Harp, a comprehensive guide to harp technique and methodology that has quickly become a standard in the harp pedagogy literature, The Yolanda Kondonassis Collection, a compilation of her many original transcriptions, arrangements and compositions for the harp, and The Yolanda Kondonassis Christmas Collection, featuring Ms. Kondonassis’ most popular arrangements from her acclaimed disc, Dream Season: The Christmas Harp. All of Ms. Kondonassis’ works are published by Carl Fischer Music.
Her long list of national and international honors includes top prizes in the Affiliate Artists National Auditions in New York and the Maria Korchinska International Harp Competition in Great Britain. The first harpist to receive the Darius Milhaud Prize, she is committed to the advancement of contemporary music through both the performance and commissioning of new works for the harp. The recipient of two Solo Recitalists Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ms. Kondonassis has been featured on CNN and PBS television as well as National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, St. Paul Sunday Morning, and Performance Today. In addition to her active performing and recording schedule, Ms. Kondonassis heads the harp departments at The Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory, and has presented master classes around the world.
Ms. Kondonassis carries her passionate artistic commitment to issues regarding the protection of natural resources, air quality, and climate change. Royalties from several of her projects are donated to earth causes and she is the founder and director of Earth at Heart, a non-profit organization devoted to earth literacy and inspiration through the arts. Her first children’s book, entitled Our House is Round: A Kid’s Book About Why Protecting the Earth Matters was released on Earth Day, 2010.
Ms. Kondonassis was born in Norman, Oklahoma and attended high school at Interlochen Arts Academy. She continued her education at The Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as a student of Alice Chalifoux. Yolanda Kondonassis plays a Lyon & Healy Salzedo Model harp.
For more information on Yolanda Kondonassis, visit:YolandaHarp.com
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Sean Kubota, Conductor
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 “Scottish” Adagio
February 13th, 2011 at 92nd Street Y
Kubota recently won the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s first International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition and Apprenticeship: http://bit.ly/gTB9NM
We have an audition for the 92Y Community Orchestra this Sunday, February 27 starting at 1:30 pm. Interested applicants need to call 212-415-5580 to schedule an audition: http://bit.ly/i2pNum
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Shai Wosner performs on at 92Y again on Mar 13, 2010. For tickets, click here: http://www.92y.org/shop/event_detail.asp?category=March+Concerts888&productid=T-TC5TK03
The following are program notes for Masters of the Keyboard: Shai Wosner, piano at the 92nd Street Y from April 25, 2009.
SCHUMANN: Nachtstücke, Op. 23
DEBUSSY: Préludes, Book 1
SCHUMANN: Carnaval, Op. 9
In Carnaval, Op. 9 (composed 1834-35; 27 minutes), that genre is transformed into a monumental statement. Written in the winter of 1834-5 (and finished during carnival season), its short pieces are framed between the opening Préambule (or Introduction) and the closing finale and construct a dense web of moods, cross relations, riddles and allusions. Originally, the set was subtitled Faschingschwänke auf vier Noten (Carnival pranks based on four notes), since it uses the four pitches that musically stand for the letters Asch (the native bohemian village of Ernestine von Fricken, Schumanns fiancée at the time) but also Sch. A. (Schumanns last and middle initials). Many titles refer to specific characters, some fictional (from the commedia dellarte), others semi-fictional (such as Chiarina—reference to Clara Wieck, or Estrella—most likely Ernestine), and others real (Chopin and Paganini, whose movements are the only ones not based on the four pitches). Two very important characters that are both real and fictional, depending on the point of view, are Eusebius and Florestan, Schumanns frequent noms de plume and representations of aspects of the personality he created for himself. The rich, colorful array of characters is constructed with incredible economy and precision: Chopin is captured in no more than thirteen bars; Florestans erratic disposition comes to life and self-destructs in just over a single page.
Continue reading the program notes: http://blog.92y.org/index.php?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.92y.org%2Fcontent%2FConcert_Mar14_ProgramNote.asp
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Steven Isserlis & Friends perform Bachs Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G Major at Divine Voice: The Life & Music of J.S. Bach
Krista Bennion Feeney, Daniel Phillips, Todd Phillips, violins
Nicholas Cords, Colin Jacobsen, Andrea Hallam, violas
Steven Isserlis, Carter Brey, Amir Eldan, cellos
John Feeney, bass
Maggie Cole, harpsichord
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Andras Schiff – Schubert: Andantino from Sonata in A Major D.959. October 10, 2004
This event was an evening of words and music, with readings by Hungarian Nobel-laureate Imre Kertesz and musical interludes by Andras Schiff.
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