Tickets are $20, and are available at carnegiehall.org or by calling 212-247-7800.
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 Parkhas 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.
The thirteen works on this recording span 289 years in their dates of composition, and run the gamut from Bach and Mozart to Gershwin and Elliott Carter. The musical tracks appearing on the CD 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.
The unique story of an immigrant, narrated on this recording by actress Rebecca Mozo, is a timely topic that needs to be heard in the current turbulent political climate.
The thirteen musical tracks 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, pianist Inna Faliks.
✻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
✻George Gershwin: Prelude 1 in B-flat Major
✻Gershwin: Prelude 2 in C-sharp Minor
✻Gershwin: Prelude 3 in E-flat Minor
✻Elliott Carter: Retrouvailles
✻P. I. Tchaikovsky: Nocturne in C-sharp Minor
✻Harrison Birtwistle: Oockooing Bird and “Living with Music…”
More about Inna Faliks
The “adventurous and passionate” (The New Yorker) Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative and poetic artists of her generation. Click here for a biography.
On August 31, 2017, 6 PM, Inna Faliks will be performing “Four-Hand Mahler” – an arrangement of Mahler’s 6th Symphony – with fellow pianist Daniel Schlosberg at Ravinia Festival. This will be her debut performance at Ravinia. 200 Ravinia Park Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased here.
MI PALPITA IL COR: BAROQUE PASSIONS
Musica Pacifica’s new recording featuring Soprano Dominique Labelle
Released today on Navona Records
American-based Early Music ensemble Musica Pacifica, in collaboration with French-Canadian soprano Dominique Labelle, is set to release a new CD of music – MI PALPITA IL COR: BAROQUE PASSIONS – on theNavona Label, today, October 14th, 2016.
Produced by GRAMMY-nominated producer David v.R. Bowles, the recording will be released in both physical and digital formats, and will be available for purchase at major online retailers such as Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and many more.
Mi Palpita Il Cor features an array of instrumental and vocal compositions, exploring the rich repertoire of the mid- and late-Baroque period. Thematically focused on “passion,” the selections range from ‘anguish’ to ‘humor,’ displaying the exquisite musicianship of these early music superstars. Included on the disc are cantatas by Handel, Steffani, and Rameau, as well as a Paris Quartet by Telemann and a trio by Sammartini.
Called “some of the finest Baroque musicians in America” by American Record Guide, Musica Pacifica is host to virtuosic soloists Judith Linsenberg (recorder), Elizabeth Blumenstock (violin), Josh Lee (viola de gamba), John Lenti (theorbo; guitar), and Charles Sherman (harpsichord).
Featured vocalist Dominique Labelle, noted for her “lustrous and urgent voice” (San Francisco Classical Voice), brings vibrancy to this work. Having previously collaborated in live settings, Musica Pacifica is pleased to team up again with Labelle in this studio recording.
Works included are:
✻Agostino Steffani (1654-1728) Guardati O Core (Cantata)
✻Giuseppe Sammartini (1695-1750) Sonata in B minor, Op. 1, No. 6 (London, 1736)
✻George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) Mi Palpita il Cor (Cantata)
✻Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) Quatuor Nr. 3 in G major – “Nouveaux Quatuors” (1738)
✻Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) Orphée (Cantata)
Total Running Time: 76 minutes
About Dominique Labelle
Dominique Labelle is renowned for her vast repertoire of Baroque to New Music, performing internationally in New York, Budapest, Las Palmas, and her home of Montréal. Her passionate commitment to music-making has led to close and enduring collaborations with a number of the world’s most respected conductors and composers, such as Iván Fischer, Nicholas McGegan, Jos van Veldhoven, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, and the Pulitzer Prize winning composer Yehudi Wyner. She also treasures her long association with the late Robert Shaw.
Among her numerous recordings of opera and concert repertoire is Monsigny’s Le Déserteur with Opera Lafayette and Ryan Brown (Naxos). She can also be heard on recordings on the Virgin Veritas, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, RCA Victor Red Seal, Koss, Denon, New World, Carus and Muisica Omnia labels. Her recording of Handel’s Arminio (Virgin Classics) won the 2002 Handel Prize.
Trained at McGill and Boston Universities, Dominique is Professor of Voice at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. She has also taught master classes at Harvard University, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts.
About Musica Pacifica
Musica Pacifica has, since its founding in 1990, become widely recognized as one of America’s premier baroque ensembles. Lauded for both the dazzling virtuosity and the warm expressiveness of its performances, they have been described by the press as being “among the best in the world” (Alte Musik Aktuell). At home in the San Francisco Bay area, the artists perform with Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists, and appear with many other prominent early music ensembles nationally and abroad. The Washington Post noted: “the effect was transporting––a small miracle of precision and musical electricity.”
They have performed on some of the most prestigious concert series in the U.S., including the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, Music Before 1800 and the Frick Collection (NY), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), the Cleveland Art Museum, Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, DC), Pittsburgh Renaissance and Baroque, Seattle Early Music Guild, Early Music Society of the Islands (Victoria, BC) and Houston Early Music Society, among many others.
Musica Pacifica’s previous eight CD releases on the Virgin Classics, Dorian and Solimar labels have won national and international awards, including the highest ratings in several CD magazines and being chosen as “CD of the Month” by the early music journal Alte Musik Aktuell (Regensburg). Their recordings have been praised by the likes of Audiophile Edition, Chamber Music America, and prestigious British journal Gramophone.
On radio, they have been featured on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”, WFIU’s nationally syndicated “Harmonia”, New York’s WQXR, and on Minnesota Public Radio. Online, Musica Pacifica can be heard on radio stations 1.fm, Last.fm, Celtic Radio, and Recorder-radio.com, as well as on Pandora, iTunes and Magnatune; and seen on youtube.com/MusicaPacificaSF.
Murakami Music is a performance piece inspired by the works of contemporary Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, an author whose books have been translated into fifty languages, which have sold millions of copies.
Created by pianist Eunbi Kim, in collaboration with actress Laura Yumi Snell, and director Kira Simring, Murakami Music was conceived and premiered at The Cell Theatre in Chelsea, presented at NYC’s Symphony Space, and performed at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
A dramatic work, this program includes performances of piano works with theatrical readings that explore the complexities of the lives behind the pianists in Murakami’s books including Sputnik Sweetheart, Kafka on the Shore, and Norwegian Wood.
This program is one that explored Eunbi’s limits and growth as a performer: “The kind of artist I want to be is somebody that pushes herself to do new things. I never composed anything before. I never had to say dialogue before.”
A number of Murakami’s characters play piano or are passionate about music, which lends for an obvious source of inspiration and tribute. His works reference classical music, as well as popular music, jazz and blues.
He is also noted for his fully dimensional realizations of Asian characters, particularly women, which was a driving point of inspiration for Eunbi: “In American media, Asian women will be featured, but their background will be completely ignored. That’s what really drove me [to use Murakami for inspiration], all the ways he writes about women. It’s what made me passionate about him.”
A highly adaptable, black-box theatre work, Murakami Music has been lauded and featured on Japanese television network, FujiTV, and most recently profiled in the documentary, “The World Reads Murakami,” on NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization.
Concert Program (works to be performed include):
Schumann, Forest Scenes, Op. 82 Lennon/McCartney, Norwegian Wood Chopin, Etude, Op. 25, No. 1 Mozart, Sonata in B flat Major Prokofiev, Sonata No. 2 in d minor, Op. 14
Kennedy/Carr, South of the Border Douglas/Parman/Levere, Pretend Eunbi Kim, Kafka on the Shore
Grieg, Norwegian Dance, Op. 35
About Eunbi Kim, pianist Pianist Eunbi Kim thrives in collaborating with other artists to present classical and contemporary music in unique settings. Kim made her European orchestral debut with I Solisti di Perugia in Italy and has performed solo and chamber programs in venues such as the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and the 92nd Street Y in New York City. She graduated with her Master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music, where she also held a fellowship at The Center for Music Entrepreneurship. www.EunbiKimMusic.com
About Laura Yumi Snell, actress Laura Yumi Snell is an accomplished pianist, singer, and actress. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she began her career as a classical pianist, performing and competing in venues across California, Japan, and Austria. She attended the University of California, Davis on a full scholarship and received degrees in music and dramatic art. As a singer and actress, she won many young artist awards as a soloist with her vocal jazz ensemble and has performed in numerous productions. She recently returned from a worldwide tour of Avenue Q.
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Boston, MA – A percussion soloist pioneer in the orchestral realm and beyond, New York City-based Lisa Pegher has made it her life’s work to present percussion to larger audiences by collaborating on new works that bring percussion to the front of the stage. Her latest project is a new album recorded by saxophonist Kenneth Coon, composerMathew Rosenblum, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Mathew Rosenblum: Möbius Loop, released on the BMOP/sound label, includes the Rosenblum’s Double Concerto, a piece in five movements that uses a solo percussionist to color and shade the leading melodies of the solo saxophone. This, combined with Rosenblum’s original use of microtonal compositional language, results in a double concerto like no other.
The album release comes at a hot moment for Pegher as she enters a busy fall filled with composer collaborations, recording sessions, and the undertaking of her NYC duo project, “Controlled Chaos.” One of the very few full-time percussion soloists in the world, Pegher has been hailed by the Boston Globe as “forcefully balletic” and by critic Marty Lash as “a gifted, passionate artist, with a rockstar aura.”
BMOP/sound, the Grammy-nominated signature record label of the acclaimed Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), an eclectic, composer-centric catalog of both rediscovered classics of the 20th century and the music of today’s most influential and innovative composers. Since its launch in 2008, BMOP/sound recordings have received several accolades including: “Best of 2008” lists for its five inaugural releases in the New York Times, Boston Globe, National Public Radio, Time Out New York, American Record Guide, and Downbeat Magazine, among others; five Grammy nominations in 2009 for Charles Fussell: Wilde, in 2010 for Derek Bermel: Voices and in 2011 for Steven Mackey: Dream House. The New York Times proclaimed, “BMOP/sound is an example of everything done right.” For more information, visit bmopsound.org.