2020-2021 SEASON

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Decision to Postpone
Parlance Chamber Concerts’s
2020 – 2021 Season

November 2, 2020

Dear Parlance Family,

It is with sadness that I am writing to announce the postponement of Parlance Chamber Concerts’s 2020 – 2021 season. Unfortunately, the recent spike in Covid-19 cases and the increased number of hospitalizations in our area and elsewhere in the country have forced us to reevaluate our plans for the coming season. 

As always, the safety and security of our audience members, artists, staff, and volunteers are our highest priority. With this in mind:

  • PCC’s board members have come to the  unanimous conclusion that it would be too risky to invite our audience members to attend live events at this time, no matter how stringently we devise and enforce social-distancing protocols.
  • We feel that the special qualities of intimacy and social interaction that characterize our events could not be effectively sustained under severely restricted, socially-distanced protocols or through live-streamed presentations.
  • Also, many of our 2020 – 2021 artists were scheduled to come to Ridgewood from out-of-state and out-of-country locations. Given the current range of travel restrictions and government-mandated periods of quarantine, it seemed inevitable that many of our 2020 – 2021 events would have to be postponed or cancelled in the months ahead.

Therefore, after much deliberation, our board members have unanimously decided that the wisest course of action is to postpone our 14th season until 2021 – 2022. We hope that reliable therapeutics and effective vaccines will be widely available by that time.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. I am deeply grateful for the many warm expressions of support and generous financial commitment we have received since the pandemic lockdown began last March.

Parlance Chamber Concerts remains dedicated to sharing the transformative power of great music, and we look forward to resuming our events as soon as is safely possible.

Warmest regards,
Michael Parloff

Postponed 2020 – 2021 Events

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2020, 3 PM
WELCOME BACH!
PAUL JACOBS, ORGAN

Paul Jacobs, America’s foremost organ virtuoso, will introduce and perform highlights from Bach’s towering masterpieces for The King of Instruments, including the powerful Passacaglia in C minor, May Sheep Safely Graze, and many other Bachian favorites.

“One of the major musicians of our time.” — Alex Ross, The New Yorker

SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 2021 AT 3 PM
MEETING MOZART: A Multimedia Encounter with Mozart and His Music
ARNAUD SUSSMANN, VIOLIN; ANNE-MARIE McDERMOTT, PIANO; PAUL NEUBAUER, VIOLA; FRED SHERRY, CELLO; MICHAEL PARLOFF, LECTURER

Artistic Director Michael Parloff will illuminate three of Mozart’s most dazzling works for strings. This special multimedia event will connect the biographical facts of Mozart’s life with the musical facts of three magnificent works. Four master musicians will perform the works in their entirety.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2021 AT 3 PM
Impressions Of Debussy And Ravel
KRISTIN LEE, VIOLIN; NICHOLAS CANELLAKIS, CELLO; MICHAEL BROWN, PIANO

Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel were mutual admirers and rivals who resided on opposite sides of the early 20th-century French musical spectrum. Debussy, the dreamy symbolist, conjured mesmerizing sonic landscapes, while Ravel, the glittering perfectionist, explored kaleidoscopically colorful musical worlds.

These brilliant young musicians will collaborate in four of the most beguiling works of the French chamber repertoire.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2021 AT 7:30 PM
Haydn Seeking
ROMAN RABINOVICH, PIANO
THE ESCHER STRING QUARTET

As the most revered composer of his time, Joseph Haydn was admired and emulated by no less than Mozart and Beethoven. Haydn’s celebrated wit, grace, and eloquence will be richly on display in this survey of his seminal chamber works for piano, string quartets, and piano trio.

As a special treat, the multitalented pianist Roman Rabinovich will accompany his own short animated film, “Imaginary Encounters with Haydn.”

SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2021 AT 7:30 PM
Beloved Beethoven
THE ZUKERMAN TRIO

The star-studded ensemble will perform three of Beethoven’s most beloved chamber masterworks: the “Spring” violin sonata, the A-major cello sonata, and the “Archduke Trio.”

“Their combination of outsized string sound, exciting ensemble precision, and compelling interpretation puts them at the head of the Piano Trio division of the Chamber Music Major League.” — San Diego Union-Tribune

SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2021 AT 3 PM
PAUL HUANG AND DANBI UM, VIOLINS
JUHO POHJONEN, PIANO
Two of today’s most scintillating violinists will join forces with the superb Finnish pianist in a concert of rarely performed masterpieces. Their electrifying program will include exhilarating works by Beethoven, Erich Korngold, Pablo Sarasate, and a specially composed trio by the award-winning young American composer Chris Rogerson.

SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2O21 AT 3 PM
THE SCHUMANN STRING QUARTET
MOZART, HERRMANN, AND GRIEG

One of today’s fastest rising ensembles, the Schumann String Quartet has been hailed worldwide for their fire, energy, and supreme technical accomplishment. Their adventurously diverse Parlance debut will include Mozart’s rollicking “Hunt” quartet, the legendary film composer Bernard Herrmann’s spellbinding “Echoes for String Quartet,” and Edvard Grieg’s lyrical, folk-inspired String Quartet in G minor.

SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2021 AT 7:30 PM
Superpianoman!
MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN, PIANO

“Hamelin is that Superpianoman. No scale is too quick, no fingering too contorted, no counterpoint too dense to deter him. His recital was a heroic journey, and he was given a hero’s celebration by the audience.” – Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union Tribune

The celebrated pianist Marc-André Hamelin is renowned for his jaw-dropping technique, inventive programming and compelling artistry. His eclectic recital will include works by Beethoven, Mozart, CPE Bach, and Fauré, culminating with Ravel’s hallucinatory Gaspard de la Nuit, which the composer described as “three romantic poems of transcendental virtuosity.”

SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2O21 AT 3 PM
SEASONAL GRAND FINALE
FEATURING VIVALDI’S FOUR SEASONS

Fifteen outstanding musicians will join forces for PCC’s seasonal Grand Finale. Framed by Vivaldi violin concertos, the program will begin with four prodigiously talented teenaged violinists in Vivaldi’s Concerto in B minor for Four Violins and end with four seasoned soloists in Vivaldi’s ever-popular Four Seasons. The festive afternoon will also include Boccherini’s virtuosic Cello Sonata in A and an all-star performance of Bach’s 6th Brandenburg Concerto.

Don’t miss this dazzling conclusion to our 14th season!

A Musical Odyssey Along Western Europe
with Parlance Chamber Concerts

Explore the rich heritage of western Europe in the company of world-class chamber musicians performing specially curated repertoire.

ABOUT PARLANCE CHAMBER CONCERTS

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

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