Ástor Piazzolla
Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Sheila Silver
To the Spirit Unconquered

J. Brahms
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

2012-13 Inaugural Season Opening Concert

Saturday, October 27, 7:30pm
DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 West 37th Street, New York City

J. Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Ástor Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Sheila Silver's To the Spirit Unconquered

I often think of a concert program like the menu of a great meal with a very enticing appetizer followed with a substantial main course and ending with a delicious dessert. This, our inaugural concert, is going to be THE most spectacular musical feast. For our opening course, from the passionate composer Ástor Piazzolla, we present a piano trio comprised of four beautiful tangos that describe the seasons of the year much like Vivaldi’s Seasons but with an Argentine flavor. Our main course is the incredibly emotional and expressive piano trio written by award winning composer Sheila Silver that touches upon our human spirit on the deepest spiritual levels. You can hear in this work everything that man experiences in his lifetime from the lows to the highs. The work is inspired, in part, by writings of the Holocaust. The title of the work, To the Spirit Unconquered, truly describes the complex nature of human life. Finally our delicious dessert is going to be a gem on its own… one of the most beautiful works ever written: Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor. Performed by NYCM artists with a guest appearance by one of the world's top pianists, Gilbert Kalish, who transforms a piano’s keyboard into an entire orchestra of incredible colors and poetic expressions. How can it get any better? --JK

Gilbert Kalish, featured artist

Gilbert Kalish leads a musical life of unusual variety and breadth. His profound influence on the musical community as educator and as pianist in myriad performances and recordings has established him as a major figure in American music making.

Sheila Silver, featured composer

Sheila Silver is an important and vital voice in American music today. She has written in a wide range of mediums: from solo instrumental works to large orchestral works; from opera to feature film scores. Her musical language is a unique synthesis of the tonal and atonal worlds, coupled with a rhythmic complexity which is both masterful and compelling. Again and again, audiences and critics praise her music as powerful and emotionally charged, accessible, and masterfully conceived.

Joanna Kaczorowska

Acclaimed as an enormously accomplished violinist, Joanna Kaczorowska's playing features uncommon refinement, passionate expression and tonal sensitivity. Her artistry combines rare talent with ferocious enthusiasm: Joanna has an irrepressible passion for musical experimentation and discovery. In both classical and contemporary repertoire and world music traditions, Joanna has an ability to express herself in the deepest personal sense through her music.

Pablo Lavandera

Pablo Lavandera, the First Prize Winner of the 2009 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition in the collaborative artist category together with violinist Joanna Kaczorowska (Baltimore, USA), has appeared as a recitalist, chamber musician, soloist with orchestra and music educator through the Americas and Europe at such venues as Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall), Steinway Hall and Yamaha Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires as well as various venues in Germany and Poland.

Yves Dharamraj

Captivating his audiences with a “primer of technical feats” (New York Sun), and his warm, lush tone “that might be described as something akin to rich old wood” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Yves Dharamraj has earned a worldwide reputation as a dynamic cellist who blends an immaculate command of the instrument with deep musical understanding to express his fresh and elegant interpretations.

Nathan Schram

A “born and raised” violist growing up around the world, Nathan Schram has established himself as a chamber musician devoted to bringing the music he loves to communities around the world. A prizewinner of the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition and first prize winner of ASTA’s 2009 National Solo Competition, Nathan has gone on to perform in the most prestigious halls of the United States and Europe.