Violist Jeongeun Park is set to make her debut at Carnegie Hall on December 17th, 2018 at 8pm. (Tickets are available through Carnegie Hall’s website.)

A monumental moment in Park’s career, she wanted to share her program notes about the four works she will be performing.

Poetically conceived by Park around themes of romance and fantasy, this program moves from dreamy beginnings to a serious and somber conclusion, with Shostakovich’s Viola Sonata, composed right before the composer’s death.


Carl Reinecke (1824-1910),
3 Fantasiestücke for Viola and Piano, Op. 43

As a pianist, violinist, composer, conductor and teacher, the German composer Carl Reinecke (1824-1910) was one of the most versatile musicians of his time. He was born in Altona, then under Danish rule and initially trained under his father (Rudolf Reinecke, 1759-1883). The younger Reinecke began composing at the age of seven, and debuted as a pianist at the age of twelve. He underwent a remarkable musical education, studying with the likes of Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann. Reinecke’s early works were faithful to the early masters of the Romantic era who trained him while in Leipzig. 3 Fantasiestücke for Viola and Piano, Op. 43 was composed in 1844. The opening, Andante, explores a warm, song-like viola melody while the piano accompanies with rapidly flowing triplets. The second movement contrasts the first, resembling a scherzo with a folk-like refrain. The last movement, Molto Vivace, depicts the frenzied crowds of annual fairs carried on from the medieval era.

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953); arr. Vadim Borissovsky,
Selected pieces from the ballet Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has influenced artists and musicians for centuries. The epitome of a tragic love story, it has been adapted to countless genres and forms such as opera, ballet, symphony, theater and film. Russian Composer Sergei Prokofiev’s interpretation initially resulted in music for ballet, written in 1935. The composer subsequently arranged the music as a standalone piece for orchestra.  Three Suites from Romeo and Juliet, Op.64. Following the success of the second version, Prokofiev reduced the score for Ten Pieces for Piano, in Op.75. The viola transcription was made by Vadim Borisovsky, a founding member of the Beethoven Quartet and professor at the Moscow Conservatory. Borisovsky is an important figure in the expansion of the viola repertoire. He is responsible the hundred arrangements. Despite the challenges of arranging and reducing a piece for large forces, the two instruments are able to imitate of the colour and textural sophistication of the orchestral version.

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924),
Après un rêve (After a Dream), Op.7 No.1

The French composer Gabriel Fauré was a composer of immense technical skill. His ability to blend elements from seemingly disparate styles and eras made him an important bridge to the music of the twentieth century. Fauré studied with Camille Saint-Saëns, and went on to teach influential modern era figures such as Claude Debussy and Nadia Boulanger. Written between 1870 and 1877, Après un rêve features one the composer’s most beloved melodies. The piece, anticipates the impressionist style of later French composers. In Après un rêve , Fauré draws the poetry of Romain Bussine. Much like the contents of the poem, the melodic gestures are full of affection and nostalgia.

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975),
Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147

Along with Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich is a towering figure of twentieth century Russian music. Despite the many limitations imposed on artists in the U.S.S.R., Shostakovich was a prolific composer and pianist with a distinctive style. Written in 1975, the Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op.147 was his final work. This piece was composed in 1975 and dedicated to Fyodor Druzhinin, a violist of the Beethoven Quartet, who replaced the founding member, Vadim Borisovsky as violist from 1964-1988. The piece was premiered in October of 1975, shortly after Shostakovich died. This viola sonata has three movements with a slow-fast-slow structure. In the first movement, the viola opens the theme with the pizzicato gestures continues on with a layered texture that mixes different melodic elements. The second movement is more rhythmically focused and direct than the first. It relies more on concentrated, often jagged melodic motives. The third movement, the composer blends his own ideas with borrowed material from Beethoven’s piano sonata No.14, ‘Quasi una Fantasia’, also known as the Moonlight Sonata. The final movement gradually fades away, almost as if the composer is referencing his own death.


For more information about Jeongeun Park, please visit her website.
For tickets to her upcoming Carnegie Hall debut, click here.

Jeongeun Park will perform works by Reinecke, Prokofiev, Fauré and Shostakovich

On Monday December 17, 2018 at 8pm, violist Jeongeun Park, along with pianist Eric Zuber, will celebrate her New York City concert debut as well as Carnegie Hall debut with a recital at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY.

Tickets are $20, and are available at carnegiehall.org or by calling 212-247-7800.

Program:

Carl Reinecke Drei Phantasiestücke Op. 43
Sergei Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet, Op.64
Gabriel Fauré Après un rêve
Dmitri Shostakovich Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op.147 

Poetically conceived by Park around themes of romance and fantasy, this program moves from dreamy beginnings to a serious and somber conclusion, with Shostakovich’s Viola Sonata, composed right before the composer’s death.


Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jeongeun Park has been actively performing throughout the U.S. and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician. Park was the top prize winner of the Kookmin Ilbo Youngsan Art Chamber Competition, Eumak Journal Competition, and Sungshin University Competition, and has appeared in numerous solo and chamber music concerts in Seoul.

Her busy performing schedule has included her solo debut recital at the Youngsan Art Hall, Sookmyung Orchestra’s concerts at the Seoul Arts Center, KBS Hall and Jang Cheon Art Hall. Park also served as Principal Viola of the Sookmyung Orchestra, Assistant Principal Viola of the Gwacheon Symphony Orchestra, and has been a member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra.

Park earned her Bachelor’s degree at Sookmyung Women’s University under the tutelage of Professor Do-Yeon Kim in Seoul, South Korea. In the US, Park began her studies under Professor Catharine Carroll Lees in 2010 at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She earned her Masters of Music, Artist Diploma and Doctorate of Musical Arts at CCM where she is currently a member of the adjunct viola faculty. Park has participated in many international summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Miyazaki Music Festival, and the Just Vivace Music Festival.

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Pianist Inna Faliks’
Polonaise-Fantaisie: the Story of a Pianist

Click to watch a preview for this Saturday’s performance

A concert pianist of the highest order, Inna Faliks can be as dramatic or as subtle as a great stage actor.” —Marc Vitali, WTTW Radio

Lived, told, and played by pianist Inna FaliksPolonaise-Fantaisie: the Story of a Pianist has its upcoming New York Premiere, this Saturday October 13, 2018 at 7:30pm. Held at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre of New York’s Symphony Space, 537 Broadway at 95th St., NYC, tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students, and available at SymphonySpace.org.

A new and exciting video has been made to promote the event, and we are proud to share it. The video features clips of Faliks demonstrating her outstanding piano skills, interpreting both classic and new works; as well as moments of her candid and accomplished narration, recalling her life’s story.  The music is interspersed with tales of her upbringing in Odessa, Ukraine; her musical and romantic awakenings; and her subsequent immigration to the US as a Jewish refugee. Each selection illustrates or relates to the text, either autobiographically or contextually.

An extension of her well-received Delos records release of the same namePolonaise-Fantaisie: the Story of a Pianist features work that spans 289 years in composition dates, from Bach and Mozart, to contemporary composer Jan Freidlin, who offered “Ballade in Black and White” especially for her.

Works in this Saturday’s program will include:

* Rodion Shchedrin: Basso Ostinato
* J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp Minor, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
* Jan Freidlin: Ballade in Black and White* – *composed for Inna Faliks in 2011
* W.A. Mozart: Fantasia in D Minor, K 397
* Chopin-Liszt: The Maiden’s Wish
* Paganini-Liszt: La Campanella
* Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise-fantaisie, Op. 61
* Ludwig van Beethoven: 6 Bagatelles, opus 126

Inna Faliks’ performance at Symphony Space is just one stop on her 2018-19 International Tour. For more information about her and the tour, please visit her website at InnaFaliks.com.

Interpretations series’ 30th year continues with two avant-garde jazz legends

Thurman Baker and Andrew Lamb will headline the second concert of the 2018-2019 Thirtieth Anniversary Season of the Interpretations Series will take place on Thursday, October 18th at 8pm at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217. The Interpretations Series is dedicated to nurturing the relationship of innovative composers with the growing community of new music virtuoso performers.

Tickets are available online and more information is available at www.interpretations.info. Tickets range from $15 for Seniors, Students, and Roulette Members to $20 for General Admission. All concerts begin at 8pm unless otherwise noted.


Percussionist, composer, and educator Thurman Barker presents the world premiere of “South Side Suite”, a long-form work for 23 musicians that illustrates the profound influence that Chicago’s musical history played in shaping the minds and lives of the members of the AACM and beyond.

Featuring Lena Vidulich, Pala Garcia, Leah Asher, Marina Kifferstein, Carrie Frey, Hannah Livingston, Helen Newby, Meaghan Burke (strings); Ellen Hindson, Alice Jones, Paavo Carey, Marty Ehrlich (woodwinds); Vincent Chancey, James Zollar, Willie Applewhite, Bill Lowe (brass); Warren Smith, Malik Washington, Eli Fountain (percussion); Noah Barker (piano); James Emery (guitar); Dean Torrey (bass); Thurman Barker (drum set, conductor).

The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) founded in 1965 in Chicago by pianist/composer Muhal Richard Abrams, pianist Jodie Christian, drummer Steve McCall, and composer Phil Cohran, is devoted “to nurturing, performing, and recording serious, original music.” While founded in the Jazz tradition, the group’s outreach and influence has, according to Larry Blumenfeld, “ouched nearly all corners of modern music.”

Growing up in Chicago in the 1950s, Thurman Barker was exposed to the city’s rich musical heritage, regularly hearing R&B, doo-wop, soul, jazz, and blues. Accordingly, he began his professional career at age 17 by anchoring the rhythm section for blues legend Mighty Joe Young. He then attended the American Conservatory of Music and later Roosevelt University, where he received classical training. Barker has performed with singers the likes of Billy Eckstine, Marvin Gaye, Bette Midler, and Vicki Carr, and worked with classical groups like the Chicago Chamber Players and the New York City Opera.


Saxophonist and composer Andrew Lamb presents his Circadian Spheres of Light Project, which uses improvisation as stimulation for those with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Blending music, theater, and performance art, the group features Larry Roland, bass; José Luis AbreuWarren Smith & Lloyd Haber, vibraphone, drums, & percussion; Newman Baker, washboard; Ngoma Hill, poetry & didjeridoo; Vincent Chancey, French horn; Dick Griffin, trombone; Jimmy James Greene, spontaneous visual art; Roberto Cartagena, magic; and Trashina Conner, dance.

Andrew Lamb was born in Clinton, North Carolina and grew up in Chicago and in South Jamaica, Queens. Mr. Lamb came into New York’s “avant-garde” community in the ’70s, becoming an active presence in the vibrant Bedford-Stuyvesant arts world at that time, and winning a Brooklyn Arts Council grant. Andrew Lamb and his ensembles remain a regular presence in the New York area and have frequently played in the annual Vision Festival. Always, Andrew Lamb’s music rises out of the African-American jazz, blues, and church traditions and is deeply spiritual, profoundly emotional, and readily accessible to all who hear him.


Interpretations began as a collaboration with Robert and Helene Browning and the World Music Institute, presenting concerts at Merkin Concert Hall, then at Roulette, at its Greene Street location in Soho. When Roulette moved to the current space in Brooklyn, Interpretations moved with it. Interpretations is thrilled to co-produce at Roulette, which has developed into a premiere venue for new and innovative music, with excellent acoustics and world-class technical facilities.

For its 30th Anniversary, Interpretations has assembled an eclectic line-up of innovative composers and their interpreters, representing a wide variety of approaches to music making.


For more information, please visit interpretations.info

Autobiographical monologue, spoken by the pianist, intersects with music by Bach, Chopin, Shchedrin & more. This unique story of an immigrant follows family’s journey as Ukrainian Jewish refugees.

“A concert pianist of the highest order, Inna Faliks can be as dramatic or as subtle as a great stage actor.” —Marc Vitali, WTTW Radio
On Saturday Oct 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm, celebrated pianist Inna Faliks will perform the New York Premiere of her one-woman program, Polonaise-Fantaisie: The Story of a Pianist at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre of New York’s Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York, NY 10025. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students, and available at SymphonySpace.org.

As part of her 2018-19 international touring season, Faliks is proud to offer this concert-theater experience as a complement her Delos Records double-CD of the same name.

Polonaise-Fantaisie: The Story of a Pianist’s works span 289 years in their dates of composition and run the gamut from Bach and Mozart to contemporary composer Jan Freidlin. The musical tracks appearing on the album are interspersed with writings by the pianist chronicling her upbringing in Odessa, Ukraine; her musical and romantic awakenings; and her subsequent immigration to the US as a Jewish refugee. Each selection illustrates or relates to the text, either autobiographically or contextually.

Selections featured are unified by their brevity. Representing a huge variety of styles, they are carefully curated to be emotionally and texturally illustrative of events unfolding in the life experience of the protagonist. The unusual experience of an artist telling her own story in a candid and authentic fashion, including a frank discussion of the perils of becoming a musician, has strongly connected audiences to this popular program. Works in the live performance are:

* Rodion Shchedrin: Basso Ostinato
* J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp Minor, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
* Jan Freidlin: Ballade in Black and White* – *composed for Inna Faliks in 2011
* W.A. Mozart: Fantasia in D Minor, K 397
* Chopin-Liszt: The Maiden’s Wish
* Paganini-Liszt: La Campanella
* Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise-fantaisie, Op. 61
* Ludwig van Beethoven: 6 Bagatelles, opus 126
The album itself was recorded at UCLA, where Faliks is currently a professor and head of the piano department. It is available at delosmusic.com and on Amazon, iTunes, AppleMusic, and Spotify.


For more about Inna Faliks, please visit innafaliks.com