Welcome to the 2019 — 2020 season of Parlance Chamber Concerts!
On October 27, our inaugural concert will showcase the dynamic Quartetto di Cremona, one of the most exciting chamber ensembles on the international stage. Recipients of the 2019 Franco Buitoni Award in recognition of their exceptional contribution to promoting Italian chamber music throughout the world, the ensemble’s program will feature string quartets by Verdi, Puccini, Boccherini, and Respighi.
Our December 15 event will spotlight music from three of Igor Stravinsky’s iconic theater works. Pianist Andrew Tyson will perform the dazzling Piano Suite from the 1911 ballet Petrushka. Tyson will then join violinist Benjamin Beilman for Stravinsky’s charming and witty Suite Italienne from the neoclassic 1919 ballet Pulcinella. The afternoon will culminate in a fully narrated, choreographed performance of Stravinsky’s seminal 1918 chamber theater work, The Soldier’s Tale. Seven superb musicians will join renowned actor-narrator Benjamin Luxon in the Faustian tale of a young soldier who makes a deal with the Devil.
On January 19, the celebrated English pianist Paul Lewis will perform music by Beethoven and Schubert. Internationally regarded as one of the most poetic artists of his generation, Lewis’s recital will feature three works by Beethoven, including the “Moonlight” Sonata in C# minor, and Schubert’s sublime Sonata in G Major, which Robert Schumann called “Schubert’s most perfect sonata in form and conception.”
On February 16, the luminous Metropolitan Opera soprano Ying Fang will collaborate with pianist Ken Noda. One of the Met’s fastest-rising young singers, Ying Fang has been called “a star in the making” by the New York Times. Her recital will include a selection of best-loved opera arias and songs by Händel, Mozart, Schubert, Bizet, and Rachmaninoff.
On March 22, America’s foremost organ virtuoso, Paul Jacobs, will celebrate Bach’s 335th birthday with a recital of towering masterpieces for The King of Instruments. The Grammy Award-winning organist will perform Bachian favorites including Sheep Safely Graze, the sparkling Trio Sonata in E minor, and the powerful C-minor Passacaglia and Fugue.
On May 3, two of today’s most scintillating young violinists, Paul Huang and Danbi Um, will join forces with the superb Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen in an electrifying program of rarely performed masterpieces. The concert will include exhilarating works by Beethoven, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Pablo Sarasate, and a specially commissioned trio by the award-winning young American composer Chris Rogerson.
On June 6 and June 7, the season will culminate with the triumphant return of the Pinchas Zukerman Trio. The star-studded ensemble will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a special weekend residency that will include a Saturday afternoon masterclass and two all-Beethoven concerts on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Highlights will include performances of the “Spring” violin sonata, A-major cello sonata, and the “Ghost” and “Archduke” piano trios.
Programs and artists are subject to change