michael_parloffDear Friends,

I am delighted to welcome you to the 8th exciting season of Parlance Chamber Concerts. Our newly expanded, six-concert series will bring 22 Carnegie Hall-calibre artists to our community.

The season will kick off in grand style on October 5 with an all-star gathering of international artists. The Minnesota Orchestra’s celebrated concertmaster, Erin Keefe, and esteemed Music Director, Finnish clarinetist Osmo Vänskä, will join the eloquent Swiss-born pianist Gilles Vonsattel, the Met’s passionate principal cellist Rafael Figueroa, the fiery French violinist Arnaud Sussmann, and the elegant violist Hsin-Yun Huang in three of the pinnacles of the chamber repertoire.

On November 2, the Met’s dazzling mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard will collaborate with the Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin in an alluring program of popular Spanish duos and solos. Isabel Leonard is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Richard Tucker Award, and Sharon Isbin has been hailed the world over as one of the preeminent classical guitarists of our time. Their special collaboration promises to be an unforgettable afternoon of music making.

On January 4, it will be an honor to welcome back the great Emerson String Quartet. The world-renowned ensemble stands apart with an unparalleled list of achievements over more than three decades. The quartet will present a rich and intriguing program of masterworks by Mozart, Shostakovich, and Beethoven.

Our February 8 event will showcase the talents of cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han. Hailed as “2012 Musicians of the Year” by the magazine Musical America, the husband-and-wife team is among the most dynamic and influential forces in classical music today. Their all-Russian recital will tell the gripping story of Russian music in the 20th century.

On March 29, the Met’s leading lyric tenor, Matthew Polenzani, will join forces with the acclaimed pianist Ken Noda in an unique collection of art songs. Polenzani is known both for his sweet, glowing sound and his ability to convey poetic and psychological depth. He and Ken Noda will present a stylistically far-ranging program of music by Beethoven, Liszt, Ravel, Satie, and Barber.

Sparks will fly on April 26 when the legendary saxophonist/clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera and his Quintet team up with the blazing young vibraphonist Stefon Harris. Paquito D’Rivera is the winner of an astonishing 12 Grammy Awards. He is known both as the reigning master of Latin jazz and as an award-winning classical composer. Don’t miss this electrifying conclusion to PCC’s 8th season.

I look forward to seeing you at Parlance Chamber Concerts!

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Partial funding is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts through Grant Funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.