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Here's a Sneak Preview of the 2016-17 Performances:
Mon, Nov 7, 2016, 7:30 pm
BEETHOVEN'S SYMPHONY NO. 1
Featuring the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia
The great composer conductor and teacher Nadia Boulanger said, “A genius can only be original, therefore a genius need only try to imitate in order to be original.” Intended as an homage to his illustrious predecessors Mozart and Haydn, Beethoven’s First Symphony was, inescapably, original. Host Rob Kapilow explores how this symphony – which launched the symphonic career of the young Beethoven in Vienna in 1800 – honored the Viennese tradition in a voice that was unmistakably original and uniquely his own.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016, 7:30
SHOSTAKOVICH'S STRING QUARTET NO. 8
Featuring string quartet TBA
The meaning of Shostakovich’s greatest chamber work, an emotionally wrenching piece he called his “ideologically depraved quartet,” has been contested for more than 50 years. Written in just three days in a white-hot burst of inspiration after visiting the bombed-out portions of Dresden, the quartet was officially dedicated to the victims of fascism and war. But did Shostakovich actually intend it as veiled criticism of Soviet rule meant to undermine the Communist regime? Or as a requiem for himself, a powerful testament to his own uniquely personal experience?
Mon, Feb 6, 2017, 7:30 pm
DVORÁK’S PIANO QUINTET NO. 2 in A MAJOR
Featuring pianist Igal Kesselman and string quartet TBA
The patronage of Brahms launched Dvořák’s career, spurring his ascent from a penniless violist in the Prague Provisional Theatre Orchestra to an internationally recognized composer. Brahms supported Dvořák’s work financially and professionally and urged him to move from Prague to the cultural center of Vienna, but Dvořák resisted his influential mentor. Exploring one of the acknowledged masterpieces of the piano quintet form, host Rob Kapilow shows how Dvořák reinterpreted the tradition of Brahms, incorporating elements of Czech folk music and popular songs to create something utterly original and new.
Mon, Apr 3, 2017, 7:30 pm
IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING: THE MUSIC OF DUKE ELLINGTON
Featuring the virtuosic big-band ensemble, Kyle Athayde’s Dance Party
This celebration of the 20th century’s greatest jazz composer spans Duke Ellington’s long career, from his wildly original reinventions of his own pop songs in the 1930s to his final studio album in1971.” Host Rob Kapilow shows how Ellington continually pushed boundaries, reinventing music of all kinds in his own voice – from the blues to Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” – and bringing the big band tradition to an astonishing creative height that transcends traditonal boundaries and continues to inspire musicians today.