June 5, 2021

Dear Friends,

Greetings and welcome back to Parlance Chamber Concerts! I am delighted to announce the resumption of our live events during the 2021-22 season. Nine Sunday afternoon concerts will showcase the talents of thirty-seven of the world’s most extraordinary performing artists. There will be many notable Parlance debuts, eagerly anticipated returns, and musical riches for you to savor throughout our 14th season.

Sunday, September 26 at 3 PM: PCC’s celebratory Opening Gala will feature fifteen remarkable artists in a program of perennial favorites. Highlights will include the ever-popular Four Seasons of Antonio Vivaldi and a star-studded performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6.

Sunday, October 17 at 3 PM: Our second concert, Haydn Seeking, will illuminate the wit, eloquence, and profundity of Joseph Haydn. The brilliant Haydn interpreter pianist Roman Rabinovich will collaborate with the superb Escher String Quartet in a survey of the master’s sparkling works for keyboard, piano trio, and string quartet. As a special treat, the multitalented Roman Rabinovich will accompany his own delightful animations in his short film, Imaginary Encounters with Haydn.

Sunday, November 14 at 3 PM: The dazzling Schumann String Quartet will make their Parlance debut. Hailed worldwide for their fire, energy, and supreme technical accomplishment, this fast-rising ensemble will perform three best-loved string quartets by Mendelssohn, Ravel, and Mozart.

Sunday, December 5 at 3 PM: It will be an honor to welcome back America’s foremost organist, Paul Jacobs. The inimitable virtuoso will introduce and perform a selection of towering masterpieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, composed and arranged especially for the King of Instruments.

Sunday, January 16 at 3 PM: The star-studded Zukerman Trio will return for an all-Beethoven afternoon. The legendary violinist Pinchas Zukerman will be joined by the passionate cellist Amanda Forsyth and the eloquent pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion, for performances of Beethoven’s “Spring” violin sonata, G-minor cello sonata, and soaring “Archduke” Trio.

Sunday, February 20 at 3 PM: Two scintillating violinists, Paul Huang and Danbi Um, will collaborate with the superlative Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen in an exhilarating afternoon of musical treasures by Beethoven, Erich Korngold, Pablo Sarasate, and others. The musical centerpiece will be Afterword, a mesmerizing new work created especially for the ensemble by the award-winning young American composer Chris Rogerson.

Sunday, March 13 at 3 PM: Impressions of Debussy and Ravel will showcase glittering musical highlights from La Belle Époche. Three of today’s most charismatic young musicians, violinist Kristin Lee, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and pianist Michael Brown will perform Claude Debussy’s beguiling violin and cello sonatas in alternation with Maurice Ravel’s ravishing duo for violin and cello — Ravel’s elegy to Debussy —  and his kaleidoscopic piano trio.

Sunday, April 24 at 3 PM: It will be a thrill to welcome the celebrated Canadian master pianist Marc-André Hamelin to our stage. Renowned for his compelling artistry, jaw-dropping technique, and inventive programming, his Parlance debut will include works of CPE Bach, Prokofiev, Scriabin, and a culminating performance of Beethoven’s Olympian “HammerklavierSonata.

Sunday, May 8 at 3 PM: Our 14th season will conclude with a special, multimedia event, Meeting Mozart. I will connect the biographical facts of Mozart’s life with three magnificent works to be performed by a distinguished ensemble of Mozartians: violinist Arnaud Sussmann, pianist Anna Polonsky, violist Paul Neubauer, and cellist Fred Sherry.

I look forward to welcoming you back soon to Parlance Chamber Concerts!

Michael Parloff