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2024-2025 SEASON

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2024 – 2025 CONCERTS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2024 AT 4 PM
CELLOBRATION! 
 

CARTER BREY, CELLO
RAFAEL FIGUEROA, CELLO
EDWARD ARRON, CELLO
ZVI PLESSER, CELLO
JEEWON PARK, PIANO

 

Parlance Chamber Concerts’s 17th season will begin with a joyful “Cellobration” featuring four of the leading cellists of our time. Carter Brey, principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic; Rafael Figueroa, principal cellist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Zvi Plesser, cello professor at The Juilliard School of Music; and renowned solo cellist and chamber musician Edward Arron will be joined by the elegant pianist  Jeewon Park.

 

Their program will highlight the cello’s uniquely rich and flexible musical voice in an afternoon of solos, duos, trios, and quartets by Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and Rachmaninoff and others.

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Carter Brey opened the Beethoven Sonata with a jaw-droppingly resonant account of the rich low ascending notes…Brey’s natural eloquence was spotlighted time and again…ocher-toned mastery.”  — The Washington Post

 

Edward Arron displayed a satiny tone and a light, elegant touch…He sang out beautifully.” —  The Cincinnati Post

 

“The solo part showcased the polished and confident playing of Israeli cellist, Zvi Plesser… The most difficult passages were enjoyable both for the ears and the eyes.” — Zoltán Szabó, Bachtrack 

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2024 AT 4 PM
MODIGLIANI QUARTET

Amaury Coeytaux, violin; Loïc Rio, violin; Laurent Marfaing, viola; François Kieffer, cello

Founded in 2003, the celebrated Modigliani Quartet occupies the upper echelon of string quartets. In addition to their annual tours in the United States and in Asia, the quartet’s European tours have inspired acclaim in the major concert halls of London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, and Saint Petersburg.

The elite French ensemble will perform a wide-ranging program that will include Joaquín’s Turina’s lushly impressionistic La oración de torero (The Bullfighter’s Prayer), Brahms’s tenderhearted Quartet in B-flat, Op. 67, and Beethoven’s sublime Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2. His student, Carl Czerny, wrote that the second movement “occurred to Beethoven while he was contemplating the starry sky and thinking of the music of the spheres.”

“ The Modigliani quartet clearly belongs to the world’s greatest “ — Le Monde (Paris)

“ A gripping and persuasive performance, played with awesome individual and communal brilliance ” — The Strad (London)

“One of today’s best quartets in the world...Balance, transparency, symphonic comprehension, confident style, their performance reached a very high and inspiring level ” —  Süddeutsche Zeitung (Munich)

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2025 AT 4 PM
PIANIST PAUL LEWIS PLAYS SCHUBERT’S LAST THREE SONATAS

On November 17, the poetic English pianist Paul Lewis will perform the profound final trilogy of sonatas by Franz Schubert. Read what The London Guardian’s critic Andrew Clements wrote about Paul Lewis’s 2024 Southampton performance of Schubert’s valedictory sonatas:

Schubert’s last works given a masterful treatment

 

“Over the last two years Paul Lewis has been working his way through Schubert’s piano sonatas, and he has now reached the fourth and last programme in his series. Logically enough it is devoted to the final three sonatas, in C minor, D. 958, A major D. 959, and in B flat, D.960, a triptych that Schubert completed in September 1828, two months before his death.

Lewis is a wonderfully unfussy and straightforwardly lucid interpreter of these great works, judicious with his rubato, and never imposing unnecessary mannerisms on the music” whether structurally or texturally everything is consistently uncluttered. And just as importantly, he was always at pains to allow the music the expressive space it requires, whether giving full weight to the silences that play such an important role in late Schubert, or letting the twists and shifts of the harmony work their magic.” 

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2025 AT 4 PM
THE VIRTUOSO ORGANIST

PAUL JACOBS, ORGAN

On January 19, it will be an honor to welcome back the inimitable organ virtuoso organist Paul Jacobs. He will introduce and perform a selection of towering masterpieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Liszt composed especially for the King of Instruments. 

 

Heralded as “one of the finest organists and teachers of our day,” by Zachary Woolfe of The New York Times and “one of  the major musicians of our time” by Alex Ross of The New Yorker, the internationally celebrated organist Paul Jacobs combines a probing intellect and extraordinary technical mastery with an unusually large repertoire, both old and new.  He has performed to great critical acclaim on five continents and in each of the fifty United States. The only organist ever to have won a Grammy Award, Mr. Jacobs is an eloquent champion of his instrument both in the United States and abroad.

“Paul Jacobs is one of the great living virtuosos.”

— The Washington Post

 

“… An obliterating performance by one of the major musicians of our time.” - Alex Ross, The New Yorker

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2025 AT 4 PM
THE VIRTUOSO CELLIST

Steven Isserlis, cello
Connie Shih, piano

Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a unique and distinguished career. A sovereign artist and a commanding virtuoso, Isserlis radiates the transcendent joy of music in every phrase he plays.

His internationally diverse program will feature works of Beethoven, Bohuslav Martinu, and Nadia Boulanger. This afternoon will culminate in Edvard Grieg’s folk-tinged cello sonata, which Isserlis himself poetically describes as “combining warm-hearted charm with joyous excitement and imbued with Grieg’s soaring ecstasy of yearning wistfulness.”

“Steven Isserlis can have the listener in perpetual wonder at the ingredients of his art…” — The Australian

 

“Isserlis's incomparable technique, phrasing, expression and sensitivity across all the tempi and dynamics, quite simply, were incredible. There can be no doubt that Isserlis is an inspired and inspiring - musician” — Limelight Magazine

 

“Connie Shih proved a terrific, imaginative partner, with enough lightness, speed and power” — Washington Post

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SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2025 AT 4 PM
QUARTETTO DI CREMONA

Cristiano Gualco, violin
Paolo Andreoli, violin
Simone Gramaglia, viola
Giovanni Scaglione, cello

On April 13, the splendid Quartetto di Cremona will make their eagerly anticipated return to Parlance Chamber Concerts. The award-winning Italian ensemble is noted for its lustrous sound, refined musicianship, and stylistic versatility.

Their program will include two of the most beloved works in the string quartet literature: Debussy’s alluring String Quartet and Beethoven’s towering Quartet in A minor, Op. 132, his musical chronicle of suffering and recovery from a life-threatening illness. Its radiant central movement, entitled  A Convalescent’s Holy Song of Thanksgiving in the Lydian Mode, is one of the most spiritually transcendent pieces ever written.

“It’s a rare blend: breadth of sound and capriciousness combined with perfect tuning and ensemble has the players sounding absolutely of one voice… Nothing less than life-affirming.”  


 

– Gramophone  

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SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2025 AT 4 PM
LATE NIGHT WITH LEONARD BERNSTEIN
A MULTIMEDIA CABARET

JAMIE BERNSTEIN, HOST
AMY BURTON, SOPRANO
JOHN MUSTO, PIANO
MICHAEL BORISKIN, PIANO

 

“A look at the after-hours maestro [that] revealed his mischievous personality and musical predilections … the audience filled the room with lusty laughs and applause.”      —  The New York Times 


“For lovers of contemporary American music, nothing could exceed Late Night with Leonard Bernstein, which delighted and, even thrilled, a packed house ... Those in attendance will not forget this delicious evening.”  —  San Diego Times


A well-known insomniac for whom night was a time for creativity and friendship, deep introspection and revelry, the iconic Leonard Bernstein worked incessantly, often entertaining friends and guests late into the night and dazzling them with charismatic performances across a wide range of musical styles. 

Late Night with Leonard Bernstein is hosted by his daughter Jamie and and features three internationally-acclaimed artists – soprano Amy Burton and pianists John Musto and Michael Boriskin. A scintillating and affectionate multimedia portrait of the personal side of this charismatic, singularly public figure, this vibrant production has captivated sold-out audiences across the U.S. and Mexico since it premiered at Lincoln Center. The program weaves together a warm-hearted, revealing script, a video slideshow of rare photographs of the legendary artist and his family, friends, and colleagues, and Bernstein’s most intimate (and favorite) music, along with personal stories and even audio and film clips of the Maestro himself.

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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