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  • Parlance Chamber Concerts | classical chamber music in Northern New Jersey | 6 South Monroe Street, Ridgewood, NJ, USA

    2024-2025 SEASON COVID-19 Info for Parlance Chamber Concerts attendees: Read more here. BUY TICKETS 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. LEARN MORE “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 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.” LEARN MORE “ 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) 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.” LEARN MORE 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. LEARN MORE “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 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 LEARN MORE 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. LEARN MORE “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 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. LEARN MORE ABOUT PARLANCE CHAMBER CONCERTS VIDEO INTRO TO PARLANCE CHAMBER CONCERTS Michael Parloff introduces the mission and history of PCC. Audience members share their experiences. LEARN MORE PCC: A VIDEO SAMPLER See short video clips from past seasons, featuring the Emerson Quartet, Sir James Galway Richard Goode, and others. MEET THE ARTISTS ABOUT THE SEASON 16 YEARS OF GREAT MUSIC MAKING

  • Concert May 18, 2025 | PCC

    SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2025 AT 4PM 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 ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE BUY TICKETS 2024-2025 SEASON September 29, 2024 Cellobration! October 20, 2024 Modigliani Quartet November 17, 2024 Schubert’s Final Piano Sonatas December 15, 2024 The Virtuoso Flute ​ ​ January 19, 2025 The Virtuoso Organ February 9, 2025 The Virtuoso Organ March 9, 2025 Ravel’s Sesquicentennial Concert ​​ April 13, 2025 Quartetto Di Cremona ​ May 18, 2025 Late Night With Leonard Bernstein ​ ​ ​ Artist Roster Parlance Program Notes LOCATION At West Side Presbyterian Church 6 South Monroe Street Ridgewood, NJ 07450 For map and directions, click here . CONCERT AMENITIES Whee lchair Accessible Fr e e Parking for all concerts FEATURING BUY TICKETS 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. PROGRAM LEONARD BERNSTEIN: “For Aaron Stern” (from Thirteen Anniversaries, No. 12) “For Stephen Sondheim” (from Thirteen Anniversaries, No. 3) “For Elizabeth B. Ehrman” (from Five Anniversaries, No. 3) “Ilana, the Dreamer” (from Four Sabras, No. 1) Program Notes ZEZ CONFREY: Dizzy Fingers Program Notes AARON COPLAND: excerpt from Piano Variations excerpt from El Salon Mexico (arr. Bernstein) Program Notes BERNSTEIN: Canon for Aaron “Ain’t Got No Tears Left” (from On the Town) Program Notes RAYMOND SCOTT: Powerhouse (arr. Lenny Amber) Program Notes BERNSTEIN: excerpt from Conchtown Program Notes ERNESTO LECUONA: Malagueña Program Notes FRANZ SCHUBERT: Marche Characteristique in C Major Program Notes NOEL COWARD: “If Love were All” (from Bitter Sweet ) Program Notes EDVARD GRIEG: Nocturne, Opus 54, No.4 (from Lyric Pieces , Book 5) Program Notes BERNSTEIN: “Little Smary” (lyrics by Jennie Bernstein, from Arias and Barcarolles) Program Notes BERNSTEIN: Lullaby for JZ “Some Other Time” (from On The Town ) Program Notes Watch the Trailer for “Late Night With Leonard Bernstein”:

  • Concert April 13, 2025 | PCC

    SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2025 AT 4 PM QUARTETTO DI CREMONA ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE BUY TICKETS On April 7, 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. 2024-2025 SEASON September 29, 2024 Cellobration! October 20, 2024 Modigliani Quartet November 17, 2024 Schubert’s Final Piano Sonatas December 15, 2024 The Virtuoso Flute ​ ​ January 19, 2025 The Virtuoso Organ February 9, 2025 The Virtuoso Organ March 9, 2025 Ravel’s Sesquicentennial Concert ​​ April 13, 2025 Quartetto Di Cremona ​ May 18, 2025 Late Night With Leonard Bernstein ​ ​ ​ Artist Roster Parlance Program Notes LOCATION At West Side Presbyterian Church 6 South Monroe Street Ridgewood, NJ 07450 For map and directions, click here . CONCERT AMENITIES Whee lchair Accessible Fr e e Parking for all concerts FEATURING BUY TICKETS QUARTETTO DI CREMONA Cristiano Gualco, violin; Paolo Andreoli, violin; Simone Gramaglia, viola; Giovanni Scaglione, cello ​ “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 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. PROGRAM Claude Debussy Program Notes String Quartet Osvaldo Golijov Program Notes Tenebrae Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 Program Notes Watch the Quartetto di Cremona performance of Boccherini’s joyful Quartet in C, Op. 2, No. 6 on Parlance Chamber Concerts:

  • Concert JANUARY 19, 2025 | PCC

    SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2025 AT 4 PM THE VIRTUOSO ORGANIST PAUL JACOBS, ORGAN ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE BUY TICKETS 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. 2024-2025 SEASON September 29, 2024 Cellobration! October 20, 2024 Modigliani Quartet November 17, 2024 Schubert’s Final Piano Sonatas December 15, 2024 The Virtuoso Flute ​ ​ January 19, 2025 The Virtuoso Organ February 9, 2025 The Virtuoso Organ March 9, 2025 Ravel’s Sesquicentennial Concert ​​ April 13, 2025 Quartetto Di Cremona ​ May 18, 2025 Late Night With Leonard Bernstein ​ ​ ​ Artist Roster Parlance Program Notes LOCATION At West Side Presbyterian Church 6 South Monroe Street Ridgewood, NJ 07450 For map and directions, click here . CONCERT AMENITIES Whee lchair Accessible Fr e e Parking for all concerts FEATURING BUY TICKETS PAUL JACOBS, ORGAN “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 Heralded as “one of the finest organists and teachers of our day,” by Zachary Woolfe of The New York Times, “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. ​ Works of Bach and Liszt to be announced PROGRAM TBD TBD Program Notes TBD Program Notes TBD TBD TBD Program Notes Watch the Modigliani Quartet play Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 13, Presto Watch Paul Jacobs perform "Little" Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578:

  • Concert OCTOBER 20, 2024 | PCC

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2024 AT 4 PM MODIGLIANI QUARTET ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE BUY TICKETS 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 brought inspired acclaim in the major concert halls of London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, and Saint Petersburg. 2024-2025 SEASON September 29, 2024 Cellobration! October 20, 2024 Modigliani Quartet November 17, 2024 Schubert’s Final Piano Sonatas December 15, 2024 The Virtuoso Flute ​ ​ January 19, 2025 The Virtuoso Organ February 9, 2025 The Virtuoso Organ March 9, 2025 Ravel’s Sesquicentennial Concert ​​ April 13, 2025 Quartetto Di Cremona ​ May 18, 2025 Late Night With Leonard Bernstein ​ ​ ​ Artist Roster Parlance Program Notes LOCATION At West Side Presbyterian Church 6 South Monroe Street Ridgewood, NJ 07450 For map and directions, click here . CONCERT AMENITIES Whee lchair Accessible Fr e e Parking for all concerts FEATURING BUY TICKETS MODIGLIANI QUARTET Amaury Coeytaux, violin; Loïc Rio, violin; Laurent Marfaing, viola; François Kieffer, cello ​“ 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) 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.” PROGRAM Joaquín’s Turina Program Notes La oración de torero (The Bullfighter’s Prayer) Johannes Brahms Program Notes String Quartet in B-flat, Op. 67 Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 Program Notes Watch the Modigliani Quartet play Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 13, Presto

  • Concert September 29, 2024

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2024 AT 4PM CARTER BREY, RAFAEL FIGUEROA, EDWARD ARRON, & ZVI PLESSER, CELLOS WITH JEEWON PARK, PIANO CARTER BREY , Principal Cello, New York Philharmonic RAFAEL FIGUEROA , Principal Cello, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ZVI PLESSER , Cello Professor, The Juilliard School EDWARD ARRON , Cello Professor, Amherst Collage ​ JEEWON PARK , PIANO “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 ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE BUY TICKETS 2024-2025 SEASON September 29, 2024 Cellobration! October 20, 2024 Modigliani Quartet November 17, 2024 Schubert’s Final Piano Sonatas December 15, 2024 The Virtuoso Flute ​ ​ January 19, 2025 The Virtuoso Organ February 9, 2025 The Virtuoso Organ March 9, 2025 Ravel’s Sesquicentennial Concert ​​ April 13, 2025 Quartetto Di Cremona ​ May 18, 2025 Late Night With Leonard Bernstein ​ ​ ​ Artist Roster Parlance Program Notes LOCATION At West Side Presbyterian Church 6 South Monroe Street Ridgewood, NJ 07450 For map and directions, click here . CONCERT AMENITIES Whee lchair Accessible Fr e e Parking for all concerts FEATURING BUY TICKETS 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. PROGRAM Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, arr. for four cellos by Douglas Moore Program Notes Sergei Rachmaninoff Andante from Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 for cello and piano Program Notes Jean Barrière Allegro prestissimo from Sonata in G Program Notes Johann Sebastian Bach Air from Orchestra Suite No. 3 in D arr. for four cellos Program Notes Felix Mendelssohn Song Without Words in D for cello and piano Program Notes David Popper Requiem for three cellos and piano Program Notes Frederic Chopin Polonaise Brillante in C, Op. 3 for cello and piano Program Notes Intermission Johann Sebastian Bach Vor deinen Thron tret’ ich hiermit arr. for four cellos by Finckel Cello Quartet Program Notes Ludwig van Beethoven Seven Variations on Bei Männern from Mozart's Magic Flute for cello and piano Program Notes Georg Friedrich Händel Sonata in G minor, Op. 2, No. 8 for two cellos and piano Program Notes Georg Goltermann Serenade Op. 119, No. 2 for four cellos Program Notes Joseph Haydn Concerto in C, Hob. VIIIb/1 arr. for four cellos by Douglas Moore Program Notes Watch Carter Brey perform the Scherzo from Chopin’s Sonata for cello and piano in G minor, Opus 65: Watch Zvi Plesser perform the 1st movement of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto: Watch Edward Arron perform the 1st movement of Bach’s Prelude to Suite No. 1 in G:

  • Concert November 17, 2024 | PCC

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2024 AT 4 PM PIANIST PAUL LEWIS PLAYS SCHUBERT’S LAST THREE SONATAS ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE BUY TICKETS 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.” 2024-2025 SEASON September 29, 2024 Cellobration! October 20, 2024 Modigliani Quartet November 17, 2024 Schubert’s Final Piano Sonatas December 15, 2024 The Virtuoso Flute ​ ​ January 19, 2025 The Virtuoso Organ February 9, 2025 The Virtuoso Organ March 9, 2025 Ravel’s Sesquicentennial Concert ​​ April 13, 2025 Quartetto Di Cremona ​ May 18, 2025 Late Night With Leonard Bernstein ​ ​ ​ Artist Roster Parlance Program Notes LOCATION At West Side Presbyterian Church 6 South Monroe Street Ridgewood, NJ 07450 For map and directions, click here . CONCERT AMENITIES Whee lchair Accessible Fr e e Parking for all concerts FEATURING BUY TICKETS PAUL LEWIS , piano PROGRAM Franz Schubert Program Notes Sonata no.19 in C minor D. 958 Franz Schubert Program Notes Sonata no. 20 in A major D. 959 Franz Schubert Sonata no. 21 in B flat major D. 960 Program Notes Watch Paul Lewis discuss and perform the Andantino from Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959: Watch Paul Lewis discuss his deep relationship with the piano sonatas of Franz Schubert:

  • Concert February 9, 2025 | PCC

    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2025 AT 4 PM THE VIRTUOSO CELLO STEVEN ISSERLIS, CELLO CONNIE SHIH, PIANO “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 ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE BUY TICKETS 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. 2024-2025 SEASON September 29, 2024 Cellobration! October 20, 2024 Modigliani Quartet November 17, 2024 Schubert’s Final Piano Sonatas December 15, 2024 The Virtuoso Flute ​ ​ January 19, 2025 The Virtuoso Organ February 9, 2025 The Virtuoso Organ March 9, 2025 Ravel’s Sesquicentennial Concert ​​ April 13, 2025 Quartetto Di Cremona ​ May 18, 2025 Late Night With Leonard Bernstein ​ ​ ​ Artist Roster Parlance Program Notes LOCATION At West Side Presbyterian Church 6 South Monroe Street Ridgewood, NJ 07450 For map and directions, click here . CONCERT AMENITIES Whee lchair Accessible Fr e e Parking for all concerts FEATURING BUY TICKETS Steven Isserlis Connie Shih 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 poetically describes as “combining warm-hearted charm with joyous excitement and imbued with Grieg’s soaring ecstasy of yearning wistfulness.” PROGRAM Ludwig van Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2 Program Notes Bohuslav Martinu Program Notes Cello Sonata No. 2 Nadia Boulanger 3 Pieces for cello and piano Program Notes Edvard Grieg Cello Sonata, Op. 36 Program Notes Watch Steven Isserlis perform the third movement of Joseph Haydn’s Concerto Concerto No. 1 in C major

  • Artists 2023-2024

    2008-2009 ARTIST ROSTER Howard Alden, guitar David Chan, violin Mary Hammann, viola Ken Noda, piano Bucky PIzzarelli, guitar Elizabeth Roe, piano Frank Vignola, guitar Greg Anderson, piano Rafael Figueroa, cello Yoon Kwon, violin Joel Noyes, cello Morris Robinson, bass John Novacek, piano Nancy Allen, harp Katherine Fong, violin Jon Manasse, clarinet Elmar Oliviera, violin Catherine Ro, violin Lucy Shelton, soprano

  • ZVI PLESSER, CELLO

    ZVI PLESSER, CELLO Israeli cellist Zvi Plesser enjoys a wide-ranging career as a soloist, chamber music performer, educator and music director. He has been on the world stage for more than 30 years playing, teaching and promoting music in varied settings from the most prestigious halls to community settings with equal devotion and excitement. As a soloist Mr. Plesser plays regularly in his home country with all the orchestras. Since his debut with the Israel Philharmonic under Maestro Asher Fisch, he has regularly performed with The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Camerata – Including a tour to Australia and Bangkok, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Haifa symphony and more. Highlights of recent seasons include – Bardanashvilli – "Dialogues" with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Ariel Zuckerman, Gulda Cello Concerto with Israel Symphony Orchestra with Rotem Nir, Haydn Cello Concerto with Jerusalem Camerata and Paul Goodwin as well as with Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva with Noam Aviel. On the world stage he has performed with such orchestras as – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Saint Martin in the Fields, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, Mexico National Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra to name a few, under conductors such as – Zubin Mehta, Sir Neville Merriner, Sergiu Comissiona, Karl Heinz Steffens, Steven Sloan, Duncan Ward, Omer Meir Welber and many more. Mr. Plesser devotes much of his time to chamber music. He has played in various chamber music groups throughout the years – the Huberman Quartet and Concertante Chamber Ensemble. In past season he has performed in some of the world's leading stages such as Paris Champs-Elysees, Musee du Louvre and Salle Pleyel, Vienna Konzerthouse, Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall in New York, London Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre among others. He is frequently invited to music festivals around the world including – Four Seasons Festival, Mayfest in the US, Utrecht International Music Festival, Rolandseck, Kuhmo Festival, ClasClas and Salon de Provence in Europe as well as Le Point in Japan, the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival and many more. In the years 2011 - 2021 he served as music director for the” Voice of Music in the Upper Galilee,” festival – Israel’s oldest chamber music festival. Mr. Plesser revitalized the festival by introducing innovative programs that gained the attention of both the audience and the press. In 2022 he founded, together with his friend violinist Guy Braunstein, the Mu-Zi festival. Mr. Plesser is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with Zara Nelsova. His principal teachers include Zvi Harel in Israel and David Soyer in the United States. Mr. Plesser is a professor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music where he served as head of the strings department as well as director of the Nazaryan chamber music program. In the fall of 2024 he will begin teaching at the Juilliard school in New York City. He has also taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg, Germany. He is frequently invited to give masterclasses and workshops in musical centers around the world. Mr. Plesser is on the faculty of the Perlman Music Program since 2017 where he teaches twice a year in the "Littles" program as well as the Sarasota residency. For the last few years, he has also taught at the Morningside Musical Bridge summer program in Boston. Mr. Plesser has been heard on various radio and television programs and has recorded for Helicon, Kleos, Meridian, Naxos, Alpha and more. A graduate of the Jerusalem Music Center as part of the program for Outstanding Young Musicians headed by Maestro Isaac Stern, Mr. Plesser won the prestigious Francoise Shapira Competition, the 41st annual Washington International Competition and was the recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships.

  • Artists 2023-2024

    2007-2008 ARTIST ROSTER David Chan, violin Jerry Grossman, cello Warren Jones, piano Shirien Taylor, violin Karen Dreyfus, viola Thomas Hampson, baritone John Novacek, piano Nancy Wu, violin Rafael Figueroa, cello Soovin Kim, violin Dov Scheindlin, viola

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