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August 27 – Cantata Profana with Jonathan Yates

Saturday, August 27, 6:30 PM

Cantata Profana

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Cantata Profana
Jonathan Yates, Piano

Schubert Shepherd on the Rock, D. 965 (1828)
Ives Sunrise for Violin, Voice and Piano, S. 365 (1926)
Brahms Regenlied, Op. 59 #3 (1873)
Brahms Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, Op. 78 (1878-79)
Morton Feldman Voice, Violin and Piano (1976)
Brahms Two songs for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91 (1884, 1863-4)
Brahms Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in F Minor, Op. 120 #1 (1894)

Cantata Profana returns for their second performance this summer with guest artist Jonathan Yates, Piano. As a vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble, Cantata Profana brings a wide range of baroque and contemporary music to its uniquely narrative programming style. The group of adventurous young instrumentalists and singers is devoted to new music, old music, and vocal music alike, presenting an almost gluttonous range of music each season. This 9-member ensemble is sure to bring inspiration to audiences of all ages.

Jonathan Yates, pianist, is the fourth Musical Director of Music Mountain in its eighty seven year history. He is also Music Director of both the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and the Norwalk Youth Symphony. He has collaborated with many of the country’s most respected musicians, including Midori, Kim Kashkashian, David Finckel, Gilbert Kalish, Ida Kavafian, Colin Carr, Paul Neubauer, Joseph Lin, and Anthony McGill. Mr. Yates made his professional orchestral conducting debut at 23, leading the National Symphony Orchestra in a Millennium Stages Concert, and made his Carnegie Hall debut (Stern Auditorium) as a pianist in the following year. He has also served on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College.

August 28 – Arianna String Quartet with Francine Kay, Raman Ramakrishnan

Sunday, August 28, 3 PM

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Arianna String Quartet
Francine Kay, Piano
Raman Ramakrishnan, Cello
Kevin Puts: Credo (2007) (1)
Beethoven: Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Opus 16 (1797) (9)
Beethoven: Cello Quintet in A Major, Opus 47 “Kreutzer”
(Transcribed from the Violin/ Piano Sonata) (1802-4) (2)

Hailed for their outstanding musicianship, the Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America’s finest chamber ensembles. Their performances have been praised by the Chicago Tribune for “tonal warmth, fastidious balance…expressive vitality.” The ensemble has appeared throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia, with frequent visits to Brazil and South Africa. Sought after for their highly effective approach to coaching and teaching as a quartet, the Arianna String Quartet has led the design and implementation of numerous chamber music programs.

Noted for innately original and artistic interpretations, Canadian pianist Francine Kay has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, North America and Asia; and her recordings of piano works have received international acclaim. Ms. Kay is currently a lecturer on Faculty at Princeton University.

Cellist Raman Ramakrishnan was a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet. During his eleven years with the quartet, he performed coast-to-coast in the United States and Canada, in Japan, Hong Kong, and Panama, and across Europe. In 2011, he formed the Horszowski Trio with violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Rieko Aizawa. Mr. Ramakrishnan joined the Bard Conservatory faculty in the fall of 2012.

September 3 – Shanghai String Quartet with Jonathan Yates

Saturday, September 3, 6:30 PM

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Shanghai String Quartet
Jonathan Yates, Piano
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F Minor, Opus 80 (1847) (6)
Zhou Long: Song of the Ch’in (1982) (4)
Brahms: Piano Quartet in C Minor, Opus 60 (1875) (18)

Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai String Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the Quartet has worked with the world’s most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia. The Quartet has a long history of championing new music and juxtaposing traditions of Eastern and Western music. The Shanghai Quartet currently serves as Quartet-in-Residence at the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, New Jersey, Ensemble-in-Residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and visiting guest professors of the Shanghai Conservatory and the Central Conservatory in Beijing.

Jonathan_Yates182x250Jonathan Yates, pianist, is the fourth Musical Director of Music Mountain in its eighty seven year history. He is also Music Director of both the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and the Norwalk Youth Symphony. He has collaborated with many of the country’s most respected musicians, including Midori, Kim Kashkashian, David Finckel, Gilbert Kalish, Ida Kavafian, Colin Carr, Paul Neubauer, Joseph Lin, and Anthony McGill. Mr. Yates made his professional orchestral conducting debut at 23, leading the National Symphony Orchestra in a Millennium Stages Concert, and made his Carnegie Hall debut (Stern Auditorium) as a pianist in the following year. He has also served on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College.

September 4 – Shanghai Quartet with Gilbert Kalish, Jonathan Yates

Sunday, September 4, 3 PM

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LABOR DAY BENEFIT CONCERT & RECEPTION
The Shanghai String Quartet
Gilbert Kalish, Piano
Jonathan Yates, Piano
All Tickets: $75
Includes a Voucher for any Regularly Priced 2017 Concert
Schubert: Fantasia in F minor for Piano 4 Hands, D 940 (1828) (1)
Beethoven: String Quartet in C Minor, Opus 18 #4 (1798-1800) (5)
Brahms: Piano Quartet in A Major, Opus 26 (1861) (12)

Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai String Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the Quartet has worked with the world’s most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia. The Quartet has a long history of championing new music and juxtaposing traditions of Eastern and Western music. The Shanghai Quartet currently serves as Quartet-in-Residence at the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, New Jersey, Ensemble-in-Residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and visiting guest professors of the Shanghai Conservatory and the Central Conservatory in Beijing.

GilbertKalishl182x250The profound influence of pianist Gilbert Kalish as an educator and pianist in myriad performances and recordings has established him as a major figure in American music-making. In 2006 he was awarded the Peabody Medal by the Peabody Conservatory for his outstanding contributions to music in America. He is a frequent guest artist with many of the world’s most distinguished chamber ensembles and is noted for his partnerships with other artists, including cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnick, soprano Dawn Upshaw, and, perhaps most memorably, his thirty-year collaboration with mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani. Mr. Kalish’s discography of some 100 recordings encompasses classical repertory, 20th Century masterworks and new compositions.
A distinguished professor at SUNY Stony Brook, Mr. Kalish has been an Artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006.

Jonathan_Yates182x250Jonathan Yates, pianist, is the fourth Musical Director of Music Mountain in its eighty seven year history. He is also Music Director of both the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and the Norwalk Youth Symphony. He has collaborated with many of the country’s most respected musicians, including Midori, Kim Kashkashian, David Finckel, Gilbert Kalish, Ida Kavafian, Colin Carr, Paul Neubauer, Joseph Lin, and Anthony McGill. Mr. Yates made his professional orchestral conducting debut at 23, leading the National Symphony Orchestra in a Millennium Stages Concert, and made his Carnegie Hall debut (Stern Auditorium) as a pianist in the following year. He has also served on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College.

September 10 – Jive By Five

Saturday, September 10, 6:30 PM

Charleston with Jive By Five

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Jive By Five
Our crowd-pleasing jazz series concludes on Saturday with Jive By Five! Spend the night dancing to the sizzling music of the Jazz Age! From the Charleston to the Two-Step and the Fox Trot, this Connecticut favorite, led by drummer Robert Parker, is sure to make for a memorable evening!