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2016,2017 season

 

BACH VARIED

Saturday, September 17, 2016 7:30pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square
1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

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Variations on the great master’s originals comprise the opening concert of the Astral In Concert season. With its virtuosity and aria-like melodies, Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor was likely created as a transcription from an earlier violin concerto. The Goldberg Variations stand as one of the greatest keyboard works ever written, making it a popular subject for arrangements. Sitkovetsky’s arrangement, for string trio, opens up new dimensions for the listener with its luxurious string sound.

PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Luosha Fang, violin
  • Danbi Um, violin
  • Ayane Kozasa, viola
  • Gabriel Cabezas, cello
  • Brent Edmondson, double bass
  • Andrius Zlabys, piano
PROGRAM
  • Bach Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Bach/Dmitry Sitkovetsky Goldberg Variations for String Trio, BWV 988
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JORDAN DODSON, guitar

Sunday, October 16, 2016 3:00pm
American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Jordan Dodson, guitar
PROGRAM
  • John Dowland A Fancy
  • Dai Fujikura Chance Monsoon
  • Bach Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro, BWV 998
  • Fernando Sor Fantaisie, Op. 56, “Souvenirs d’une soirée à Berlin”
  • Giulio Regondi Etude No. 10 in A Major: Allegretto moderato
  • Elliot Cole Bloom Suite
  • Jason Eckardt suspension/bridge (World premiere, made possible by Astral’s Micro-Commissioning program)
  • Roland Dyens Libra Sonatine
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GABRIEL CABEZAS, cello

Sunday, December 11, 2016 3:00pm
American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Domenic Salerni, violin
  • Ayane Kozasa, viola
  • Paul Wiancko, cello
  • Amy Yang, piano
PROGRAM
  • Folk songs and works by Olivier Messaien, David Lang, & Gabriella Smith
  • Paul Wiancko World premiere, made possible by Astral’s Micro-Commissioning program
  • Britten Cello Suite, No. 3, Op. 87
  • Shostakovich Sonata for Cello & Piano in D minor, Op. 40
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ENCORE! (New Program)

Friday, January 27, 2017 7:30pm
American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Jasper String Quartet
  • Annie Wu, flute
PROGRAM
  • Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285
  • Toru Takemitsu ‘Air’ for Solo Flute
  • Caroline Shaw ‘Valencia’ for String Quartet
  • Ginastera Impresiones de la Puna
  • Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
  • Zhou Tian ‘Viaje’ for Flute & String Quartet
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KODÁLY, PENDERECKI & TANEYEV

Saturday, February 4, 2017 7:30pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square
1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

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Violin and cello exchange a variety of dance tunes recalling the folkloric influences in Kodály’s rhapsodic Duo, and Penderecki’s haunting Clarinet Quartet makes full use of the clarinet and string trio’s tonal palette. And the addictive energy of Sergei Taneyev’s seldom-heard Piano Quintet is clear in the show-stopping close of this expressive and dramatic chamber music program.

PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Ayano Ninomiya, violin
  • Danbi Um, violin
  • Maurycy Banaszek, viola
  • Timotheos Petrin, cello
  • Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
  • Viktor Valkov, piano
PROGRAM
  • Kodály Duo for Violin & Cello, Op. 7
  • Penderecki Clarinet Quartet
  • Taneyev Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30
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SEJOON PARK, piano

Sunday, March 5, 2017 3:00pm
American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Sejoon Park, piano
PROGRAM
  • Rachmaninoff Études-Tableaux, Op. 33
  • Scriabin Fragilité, Op. 51, No. 1
  • Scriabin Sonata No. 5, Op. 53
  • Joel Puckett World premiere, made possible by Astral’s Micro-Commissioning program
  • Shostakovich Selection of Preludes
  • Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
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THE ART OF THE QUARTET

Saturday, May 6, 2017 7:30pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square
1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

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One of chamber music’s most beloved formations, the quartet comes in all manner of compelling combinations of instruments and repertoire. It is suspected that Schubert’s Quartettsatz remained a single movement simply because Schubert couldn’t match the thrilling inspiration of the first movement in what was to follow. Schumann’s Piano Quartet, less one instrument than the more well-known piano quintet form, is filled with characteristic Schumannesque gestures and founts of lush, romantic melodies, and Mendelssohn’s ultra-passionate String Quartet in F minor is the composer’s last, and arguably greatest, piece of chamber music.

PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Eunice Kim, violin
  • Kristin Lee, violin
  • Maurycy Banaszek, viola
  • Christine Lamprea, cello
  • Henry Kramer, piano
PROGRAM
  • Schubert Quartettsatz D. 703
  • Schumann Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47
  • Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80
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