Category Archives: Concerts

June 3 – Jennifer Koh with Next Festival for Emerging Artists

Saturday, June 3, 7:00 p.m.

BENEFIT FOR THE HUNT LIBRARY
The Next Festival of Emerging Artists celebrates David M. Hunt Library with a free concert featuring renowned Grammy-nominated violinist Jennifer Koh and Conductor Peter Askim leading a string orchestra of young professional musicians performing contemporary works by Anna Clyne and Caroline Shaw, the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music.  Ms. Koh has been called “one of our most thoughtful and intense musicians” by the New York Times. The concert is free; donations benefit the library.

A refreshment tent with sips and small bites will open at 6PM. For reserve seating, call the library at 860-824-7424. (NW CT Arts calendar listing)

Founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Peter Askim, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists is an immersive residency for young (20-30 years old) professional string players focused on musical exploration, entrepreneurial thinking, and contemporary performance practice. This year’s fifth anniversary festival takes place May 28-June 10. After a week at Music Mountain in Falls Village, CT, the festival moves to NYC.

Program:
Anna Clyne: Rest These Hands, Jennifer Koh, violin
Caroline Shaw: Entr’acte
Ted Hearne: Excerpts from The Law of Mosaics
Brett Dean: Short Stories
Peter Askim: New Work (Premiere)

June 11 – Season Opens with Peter Serkin, Stefan Jackiw & Jay Campbell

Sunday, June 11, 3 p.m.

88TH SEASON OPENING CONCERT & RECEPTION
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Peter Serkin, Piano
Stefan Jackiw,Violin
Jay Campbell, Cello
All Tickets: $75
Haydn: Piano Trio in G Major, Hob.XV:25, Opus 73 #2 ‘Gypsy’ (1795) (2)
Schubert: Piano Trio in B Flat Major, Opus 99, D. 898 (1827) (8)
Beethoven: Piano Trio in B Flat Major, Opus 97 ‘Archduke’ (1811) (5)

Recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, the distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin is one of the most thoughtful and individualistic musicians appearing before the public today. Throughout his career he has successfully conveyed the essence of five centuries of repertoire and his performances with symphony orchestras, recital appearances, chamber music collaborations and recordings are respected worldwide.

Mr. Serkin has performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras with eminent conductors and has been instrumental in bringing the music of Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Stravinsky, and Wolpe, among others, to audiences around the world. His numerous recordings have garnered Mr. Serkin multiple Grammy Award Nominations and other prestigious accolades. Mr. Serkin currently teaches at Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Longy School of Music.

Violinist Stefan Jackiw is recognized as one of his generation’s most significant artists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. Mr. Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed in numerous note-worthy festivals and concert series in the US and abroad. Mr. Jackiw is a member of Ensemble Ditto – a wildly popular Korea-based chamber music group, with a mission to introduce new audiences to the chamber music repertoire.

Armed with a diverse spectrum of repertoire and eclectic musical interests, cellist Jay Campbell has been recognized for approaching both old and new works with the same probing curiosity and emotional commitment. His performances have been called “electrifying” by the New York Times, and “gentle, poignant, and deeply moving” by the Washington Post. Equally enthusiastic as a chamber musician and teacher, Campbell is a member of the JACK Quartet, a piano trio with violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao, has served on faculty at Vassar College and has been a guest at the Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Moab, Heidelberger-Fruhling, Ditto, and Lincoln Center festivals.

June 17 – New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players

Saturday, June 17, 6:30 p.m.

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The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP)
Acclaimed quintet of ‘Wand’ring Minstrels’ present a delightful staged concert version of The Pirates of Penzance in one act. Act two features Company’s favorite selections from the rest of the G&S repertoire, topped off with the ever popular NYGASP tour-de-force challenge: impromptu renditions of audience requests by the cast and Artistic Director Albert Bergeret.
(Underwritten by an Anonymous Donor)

Keeping with long-standing tradition, the Saturday Twilight Series features pre-concert dinners* at the quaint Falls Village Inn. Experience a piece of history in this 175 year old Inn before enjoying the living legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan!

*Pre-Concert Theme Dinner at the Falls Village Inn
Dinner (5pm) & Concert (6:30pm): $70
Concert Only: $30
Dinner reservations must be made No later than Friday, June 16.

June 18 – Alexander Fiterstein, Michael Brown, Nicholas Canellakis

Sunday, June 18, 3 p.m.

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Alexander Fiterstein, Clarinet
Michael Brown, Piano
Nicholas Canellakis, Cello
Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B Flat Major, Opus 11 (1797) (4)
Two Klezmer Works for Clarinet Trio (1)
Stutschewsky: Hasidic Fantasy (1956)
Zhurbin (Ljova): Klezmer Hora (2014)
Debussy: Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet & Piano (1910) (1)
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Opus 114 (1891) (6)

Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein is considered one of today’s most exceptional clarinet players. He has performed in recital and with prestigious orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the world. Mr. Fiterstein has been praised by The New York Times and The Washington Post and is recognized for playing that combines flawless technique and consummate musicianship. Mr. Fiterstein is the founder of The Zimro Project and The Alexander Fiterstein Trio. He is the clarinet professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Pianist Michael Brown has been described by The New York Times as a “young piano visionary” and “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.” He is equally committed as a pianist and composer regularly performing concerto and solo recitals. Mr. Brown recently made debut solo recitals in Berlin, Milan, Florence, and Zurich. He joined the roster of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two in 2015 and performs with the Society in Alice Tully Hall.

Nicholas Canellakis has become one of the most sought-after and innovative cellists of his generation, captivating audiences throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to concerto appearances and numerous recitals each season, he is a regular guest artist at many of the world’s leading music festivals. Mr. Canellakis recently made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut, performing with the American Symphony Orchestra in Isaac Stern Auditorium. He is an artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with which he performs regularly in Alice Tully Hall and on tour. Mr. Canellakis is on the faculty of the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.

June 24 – New Black Eagle Jazz Band

Saturday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.

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New Black Eagle Jazz Band
The very best in New Orleans style Jazz, Gospel & Blues. The New Black Eagle Jazz Band has been a fixture on the international jazz scene since 1971, bringing the sounds of traditional New Orleans Jazz to audiences all over the world. The band has delighted audiences throughout North America and Europe with their huge and eclectic repertoire of jazz from the 1920’s and 30’s. The group has a mature mastery of this great American music from Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton to early Duke Ellington and Cole Porter.

Keeping with long-standing tradition, the Saturday Twilight Series features pre-concert dinners* at the quaint Falls Village Inn. Experience a piece of history in this 175-year-old Inn before dancing to the very best in New Orleans style Jazz, Gospel & Blues!

*Pre-concert Dinner at the Falls Village Inn
Dinner (5pm) & Concert (6:30pm): $70
Concert Only: $30
Dinner reservations must be made No later than Friday, June 23.