Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 9th exciting season of Parlance Chamber Concerts!

On October 4, it will be an honor to welcome back pianist Richard Goode, one of the preeminent musicians of our time. This thrilling artist is universally hailed as a deeply insightful interpreter of the Viennese classics. His emotionally far-ranging program will alternate between two of Mozart’s most dramatic sonatas and two late sets of Brahms’s warmhearted intermezzi, ballades, and romances.

On November 15, the compelling pianist Jeremy Denk, winner of a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, will team up with the scintillating violinist Stefan Jackiw, widely recognized as one of his generation’s most captivating artists. This noteworthy duo will perform cherished sonatas by Brahms and Franck in counterpoint with rarely performed gems by the iconoclastic American master, Charles Ives. Jeremy Denk will enrich the afternoon with his insightful, thought-provoking commentary.

Beethoven will be spotlighted on December 13 as the spectacular young violinist Kristin Lee and pianist Gilles Vonsattel (winners of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant) join forces with the celebrated cellist Paul Watkins of the Emerson String Quartet. Their program will feature three highlights of Beethoven’s chamber music: his heroic “Kreutzer” violin sonata, intimate C-major cello sonata, and ever-popular “Ghost” Trio.

On March 6, the stellar Escher String Quartet will make its long-awaited debut on our series. Championed by the Emerson Quartet, the Escher is one of the few ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. The fast-rising quartet currently serves as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Their sumptuous program will include masterworks by Mozart and Janáček, culminating with one of the pillars of the chamber repertoire, Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet.

On April 3, the legendary flutist Sir James Galway will return with an All-Bach extravaganza. One of the world’s supreme artists, Sir James will share his great love of Bach in a special collaboration with nine brilliant young vocal and instrumental soloists. Highlights of the afternoon will include the ‘Flute Suite’ in B minor and the 4th Brandenburg Concerto. Don’t miss this unforgettable afternoon of music-making!

On May 15, the legendary mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and pianist Craig Terry will take the audience on a musical journey through the American Songbook, sharing gems from some of the greatest composers and lyricists of their age, including Irving Berlin, Saul Chaplin and Sammy Cahn, Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, Jerome Kern and B.G. DeSylva, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin and Johnny Mercer. From tender loves songs to passionate torch songs to melodies that remind us to always “to look for the silver lining,” they defined their generation and helped see our country through the Great Depression and two World Wars. This will be a memorable afternoon of music making and a celebratory conclusion to Parlance Chamber Concert’s 9th season!

Michael Parloff

Programs and artists are subject to change.