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2023-2024 SEASON

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2023 – 2024 CONCERTS

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2023 AT 4 PM
LYSANDER PIANO TRIO

ITAMAR ZORMAN, VIOLIN; MICHAEL KATZ, CELLO; LIZA STEPANOVA, PIANO

SCANDINAVIAN INSPIRATIONS

The extraordinary Lysander Piano Trio will perform a Scandinavian-themed program including music by the great Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and 19th-century Swedish composer Amanda Maier. The concert will conclude with Schubert’s towering Piano Trio in E-flat, Op. 100, which features the poignant Swedish folk song  “Se solen sjunker” (The Sun Is Setting).

 

“Incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas, and wide palette of colors.”

— The Strad


“Soaring, ripely romantic playing…exhilarating panache.” — Washington Post
 

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2023 AT 4 PM
ANGEL BLUE, SOPRANO
BRYAN WAGORN, PIANO

SONGS, ARIAS, AND SPIRITUALS

In recent seasons, Angel Blue has emerged as one of the most beloved sopranos before the public today. The two-time Grammy Award winner has triumphed at the MET as Violetta in La Traviata, Mimi in La Boheme, Bess in Porgy and Bess, and the central female role in Terrence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

For her Parlance debut, Angel Blue and pianist Bryan Wagorn will perform a program cherished songs, opera arias, and spirituals.

“Luminous soprano voice and unforced charisma.”

— New York Times

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2023 AT 4 PM
“MEMORY BELIEVES”

BRENTANO STRING QUARTET   
ANTIOCH CHAMBER CHOIR

 

”The Brentano String Quartet, by now well established in the international pantheon, offers performances both fiercely intelligent and expressively pristine." — The New Yorker



“The Antioch Chamber Ensemble performed with clarity of tone and intonation so pure that you could hear the buzz of overtones… —  New York Times

The celebrated quartet and chamber choir will collaborate on an eclectic and moving program including Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, Beethoven’s Cavatina from his 13th string Quartet, a selection of favorite English Madrigals, and the World Premiere of Bruce Ado
lphe’s Memory Believes (a requiem), written in honor of the composer’s brother, artist Jonathan Adolphe.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2024 AT 4 PM
GOLDMUND STRING QUARTET

Fast-rising stars of the string quartet firmament, the Munich-based Goldmund Quartet has garnered worldwide acclaim for their deep musicality and astounding  ensemble precision. In recent seasons, they have won first prizes in international competitions in London, Germany, and Melbourne, Australia. Following their triumphant 2019 tour of Japan, the Nippon Music Foundation awarded them the use of Antonio Stradivari’s coveted set of string instruments once possessed by the legendary violinist Niccolò Paganini.

For their Parlance debut, the Goldmund Quartet will perform masterpieces by Alexander Borodin, Anton Webern, and Robert Schumann.

“The Goldmund Quartet are a class act…they delivered a triumphant performance — Edinburgh Music Review

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2024 AT 5 PM
CANDLELIT MUSIC OF THE SPIRIT

ANTHONY MCGILL, CLARINET
STELLA CHEN, VIOLIN
NICHOLAS CANELLAKIS, CELLO

MICHAEL STEPHEN BROWN, PIANO
 

“Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.”

— Ludwig van Beethoven

Music has always been considered a direct pathway to the spirit. In this special candlelit event, four of today’s leading virtuosos will perform spiritually resonant works by Avro Pärt, Max Bruch, Maurice Ravel, Jesse Montgomery, and Olivier Messiaen’s 1941 masterpiece, Quartet for the End of Time.

 

Composed and premiered in a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp, Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is a work of overwhelming originality and power. He rose above his physical confinement to create a work of soaring spiritual transcendence.

“Music is an outburst of the soul.”  — Frederick Delius

 

“Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” —  Leonard Bernstein

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SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2024 AT 4 PM
GOODE PLAYS BEETHOVEN

RICHARD GOODE, PIANO

Hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness, Richard Goode has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s premier interpreters of Beethoven’s music.

 

In his much-anticipated return to Parlance Chamber Concerts, he will perform late Beethoven masterpieces including Six Bagatelles from Op. 119, Sonata No. 30 in E, Op. 109, and Beethoven’s monumental “Diabelli Variations,” Op. 120, one of the greatest sets of variations ever composed.

“It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of Mr. Goode’s recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight, subtle or otherwise, into the works he played or about pianism itself.”
— The New York Times

'‘Every time we hear him, he impresses us as better than we remembered, surprising us, surpassing our expectations and communicating perceptions that stay in the mind.” — Gramophone Magazine

SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2024 AT 4 PM
JORDI SAVALL, viola da gamba & conductor   
HESPÈRION XXI, Early Music Ensemble

LE NUOVE MUSICHE: 1560 — 1660

THE BAROQUE REVOLUTION IN EUROPE

“The term ‘early-music superstar’ is surely an oxymoron, but Jordi Savall comes close to being one. Wherever he wishes to travel, an audience will follow. This early-music master’s fervent community of admirers is the result of both the consistently gorgeous playing of Hespèrion XXI — the ensemble he conducts and plays in — and Mr. Savall’s ceaseless pursuit of unfamiliar repertoire...glorious ensemble sound to make a listener truly feel like a time traveler" — New York Times

Jordi Savall and his legendary early-music ensemble, Hespèrion XXI, will explore 100 years of musical history in a fascinating concert of music by early Baroque masters including Andrea Falconiero, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Tobias Hume, Vincenzo Ruffo, and others.

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SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2024 AT 4 PM
MOTHERS DAY CONCERT

CHEE-YUN, VIOLIN;
ALESSIO BAX, PIANO
LUCILLE CHUNG, PIANO
BRAD GEMEINHARDT, HORN (PRINCIPAL, MET ORCHESTRA)

 

“Alessio Bax is clearly among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public.” — Gramophone

“Chung exudes grace and poise at the keyboard, directing all of her energy toward making the music speak clearly.” —  Toronto Star


PCC’s musical Mothers Day celebration will feature four tenderhearted works inspired by motherhood and children.  This musical celebration of motherhood will feature four favorites including: Dvořák’s “Songs My Mother Taught Me,”  Schumann’s “Scenes from Childhood,” Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite,” and Brahms’s stirring Trio for violin, horn, and piano., composed in memory of his mother.

“Chee-Yun was at once playful and passionate, her bow consistently precise even at NASCAR speed.”

— Washington Post

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SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2024 AT 4 PM
MOZART’S DOUBLE CONCERTOS

SETH MORRIS, FLUTE (PRINCIPAL, MET ORCHESTRA)
MARIKO ANRAKU, HARP (ASSOC. PRINCIPAL, MET ORCHESTRA)
OLIVER NEUBAUER, VIOLIN
PAUL NEUBAUER, VIOLA
with
MEMBERS OF THE MET ORCHESTRA
MICHAEL PARLOFF, CONDUCTOR

 

Parlance Chamber Concerts’s 16th season will conclude with two of Mozart’s most joyous works, the Concerto for Flute and Harp, K. 299 and Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, K. 364. Composed when Mozart was in his early 20s, these uniquely-scored double concertos show the young genius reveling in the unbounded imagination and budding profundity of his early maturity.

The four charismatic soloists will be supported by fifteen members of the MET Orchestra, conducted by PCC’s Artistic Director, Michael Parloff.

“Paul Neubauer is a master musician.” — New York Times

“Oliver Neubauer was a captivating performer, fully bringing-out the shifting moods, wit, and lyricism of Mozart’s music.” — The Epoch Times

“Mariko Anraku a masterful artist of intelligence and wit.” — New York Times

“Seth Morris, who did some of his playing onstage in the Met’s new production of The Magic Flute, made a fine flutist and cast member, both.” — The New Criterion

ABOUT PARLANCE CHAMBER CONCERTS

VIDEO INTRO TO PARLANCE CHAMBER CONCERTS
Michael Parloff introduces the mission
and history of PCC. Audience members
share their experiences.

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PCC: A VIDEO SAMPLER
See short video clips from past seasons, featuring
the Emerson Quartet, Sir James Galway
Richard Goode, and others.

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