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

September 22nd Concert features works by Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and Schumann.

“In her mid-20s, she is one of the most engaging and promising rising stars in the musical firmament.”   -Times Herald-Record

Internationally acclaimed classical pianist Fei-Fei will perform the inaugural concert of the 2018-2019 Season of Classical Palm Springs on Saturday, September 22nd at 7:30pm at Temple Isaiah, 332 West Alejo Road, Palm Springs California. The 2018-2019 season of Classical Palm Springs is produced by James Luce.

Praised for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer), Chinese pianist Fei-Fei (pronounced “fay fay”) is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” and “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News).

This concert will also feature visual art by Rancho Mirage modern artist Nicholas Kontaxis, who creates large-scale abstract paintings, characterized by a riot of primary colors, despite overwhelming obstacles.

Tickets, available online, range from $40 for Seniors & Students to $95 (for Premium Seats and admission to the after concert Meet The Artist Reception). Premium Season Passes are also available online or by calling 760-699-8151.

SEPTEMBER 22ND CONCERT PROGRAM:
-Mozart: Sonata K 576
-Schumann: Kinderszenen
-Rachmaninoff: Moments Musicaux–No.2/3/4
-Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise

The Classical Palm Springs series will continue with concerts on November 10, 2018 with pianist Dan Tepfer; on January 27, 2019 with Brazilian composer and pianist Clarice Assad; on February 10, 2019 with guitar virtuoso Mak Grgik; and on March 10, 2019 with pianist Inna Faliks performing selected Bagatelles of Robert Schumann and Richard Danielpour, preceded by a special Children’s concert at 1pm.


Fei-Fei

Born in Shenzhen, China, Fei-Fei began piano lessons at the age of 5. She moved to New York to study at The Juilliard School, where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the guidance of Yoheved Kaplinsky.

Her burgeoning career includes a number of prominent concerto engagements in the 2017-18 season, including performances with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Music Festival, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Denver Philharmonic, Knoxville Symphony, and a return engagement with California’s Pacific Symphony for a special performance celebrating the Chinese New Year.  This season, Fei-Fei also performs in recital in ten states across the United States as well as nineteen cities in China.

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Performers from Berlin, Denmark, Paris, Belgium, & the US are featured performing groundbreaking works, including commissions by Michael Byron, Steed Cowart, Christian Dachez, Pauline Kim Harris, James Ilgenfritz, Bun-Ching Lam, and Chinary Ung.

“When we started, this was a real need, especially for the more experimental new music,” says Founder and Artistic Director Thomas Buckner. ” Now we are experiencing a blossoming of new music groups and solo performers, which makes the series necessary in a new way. There are so many exceptional composers and performers who need a great place to perform.”

The inaugural concert of the 2018-2019 Thirtieth Anniversary Season of the Interpretations Series will take place on Thursday, September 27th 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.

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.

Tickets to the opening night concert 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. 


Reidemeister Move (Robin Hayward, tuba, and Chrisopher Williams, contrabass)

REIDEMESTER MOVE AND MIYA MASAOKA – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27 

Berlin-based duo Reidemeister Move (Robin Hayward, tuba, and Chrisopher Williams, contrabass) perform Arcanum 17 (New York Premiere): a 45-minute piece composed by Christopher Williams & Charlie Morrow, with texts from André Breton’s book of the same name, set in the 8.1-channel immersive sound environment. Hayward’s self-designed microtonal tuba, and Williams’ previous work with Charles Curtis and LaMonte Young’s legendary Theatre of Eternal Music, provide the backbone for a sound based on purely tuned intervals, noise, corporeal rhythms, and spatial resonance. Their collaboration promises to produce an evening of exceptionally rich sounds coming from the resonances and overtones of Contrabass and Tuba.

Composer/performer(koto and electronics)/improviser/performance and installation artist Miya Masaoka‘s Four Moons of Pluto – a piece which explores deep and relational resonances – will be performed by an all star cohort of 5 contrabass players Robert Black, Shayna Dulberger, Rebekah Griffin-Greene, James Ilgenfritz, and Zach Rowden. 

UPCOMING CONCERTS
Thursday, October 18: Thurman Barker & Andrew Lamb
Friday, November 16: Bun Ching Lam &Tana Quartet
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Thursday, March 14, 2019: Randi Pontoppidan & Joan La Barbara
Thursday, April 4, 2019: Thomas Buckner joined by Joseph Kubera, William Winant, & Melanie Genin
Thursday, May 2, 2019: Annie Gosfield & and composer Edmund Campion with  Claudia Hart, Marilyn Nonken, & Manuel Laufer
Thursday, June 6, 2019: String Noise (Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris) & Sam Ashley

ABOUT INTERPRETATIONS

The Interpretations series, now in its thirtieth season, is a New York-based concert series focusing on the relationship between contemporary composers and their interpreters. Sometimes the interpreters are the composers themselves; more often, the series features performers who specialize in the interpretation of new music. Since its inception in 1989, Interpretations has featured leading figures in contemporary music and multimedia, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Robert Ashley, Anthony Braxton, Thomas Buckner, FLUX Quartet, Joseph Kubera, Annea Lockwood, and Alvin Lucier, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Ursula Oppens, and Morton Subotnick. 

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“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

Versatile and passionate internationally touring pianist Inna Faliks, who currently makes her home in Los Angeles and is professor and head of the piano department at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music, announces her 2018-19 international touring season, featuring performances and repertoire reflective of her multifaceted spirit, and her celebrations of both the classic and contemporary.

Faliks’ schedule includes a masterclass and recital jaunt for Yamaha China in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu; world premieres of works by Richard Danielpour, Timo Andres, Paola Prestini, and Billy Childs; and an inaugural performance at Classical Palm Springs with symphonic etudes and other major works of Robert Schumann, and selected bagatelles by Richard Danielpour.

Known for her moving and committed musical interpretations, Faliks also offers a live performance to complement her double CD on Delos Records of the same name: Polonaise-Fantaisie: The Story of a Pianist. The musical 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 program’s protagonist.

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


COMPLETE 2018-19 SEASON (as of August 2018):


Sept. 22: Recital & Masterclass
@ Classic Pianos of Portland, OR


Oct. 13:
Polonaise-Fantaisie: The Story of a Pianist
@ Symphony Space, New York City, NY
Oct. 14:
Polonaise-Fantaisie: The Story of a Pianist
@ First Presbyterian Church, Stamford, CT
Oct. 22:
Trios of Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, with Roberto Cani, violin; Robert Demaine, cello – Chamber Music Series @ The Music Guild, University Synagogue, Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 23:
Trios of Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, with Roberto Cani, violin; Robert Demaine, cello –  Chamber Music Series @ The Music Guild, Daniel Recital Hall, Long Beach, CA
Oct. 24:
Trios of Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, with Roberto Cani, violin; Robert Demaine, cello –  Chamber Music Series @ The Music Guild, Adat Ari El Temple, Village Valley, CA


Nov. 3:
Guest Artist Recital @ University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
Nov. 14:
Guest Artist Residency Masterclass and Recital
@ California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, CA
Nov. 30 – Dec. 1:
Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle: Solo Recital, competition Judge


Dec. 10-24:
Yamaha China, recital and masterclass tour to major conservatories in
Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and more.


Jan. 13:
“Beethoven, Bagels & Banter”
@ The Broad Stage: The Edye, Santa Monica, CA
Jan. 20:
Polonaise-Fantaisie: The Story of a Pianist
@ Memphis Chamber Music Society, Memphis, TN


Feb. 2:
With Daniel Schlosberg, piano – Four Hands Mahler Symphony No. 6
@ The Jacaranda Series, Santa Monica, CA
Feb. 10:
Chicago Premiere: Polonaise-Fantasie, the Story of a Pianist
@ Music Institute of Chicago, Nichols Hall, Evanston, IL
Feb. 12:
With Daniel Schlosberg, piano: Four Hands Mahler Symphony No. 6
@ University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Feb. 23:
LACMA Sundays Live: Solo Recital Broadcast
@ Leo S. Bing Theater, Los Angeles, CA


Mar. 10:
Solo Recital
@ Inaugural Palm Springs Chamber Music Festival, Palm Springs, CA
Mar. 17:
Music/Words
@ Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY
Mar. 23:
With Yehudi Yanani, cello – “Close Encounters With Music”
@ Great Barrington, MA
Mar. 24:
Solo Recital, South Windsor Cultural Arts Series
@ Wood Memorial Library, South Windsor, CT
Mar. 25 – 30:
Director of Classical Music Program
@ YoungArts LA, Schoenberg Hall, UCLA


Apr. 12:
Guest Artist Recital
@ Emory University, Department of Music, Atlanta, GA
Apr. 28:
Classical Encounters Series
@ Tarzana, CA


May 12:
Music of Danielpour and Schumann – Solo Recital
@ Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills, CA


Jun. 9:
Concerto TBA with Olympia Philharmonic Society
@ San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel, CA
Jun. 16:
Music of Beethoven, Ravel with premieres by Andres, Prestini, Childs, Danielpour
Reimagine Beethoven and Ravel @ National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY
Jun. 18-25:
Yamaha China, recital and masterclass tour to major conservatories in
Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and more.


For more information about the artist and upcoming events,
please visit innafaliks.com

FEI-FEI, INNA FALIKS, DAN TEPFER, CLARICE ASSAD & MAK GRGIC HEADLINE; WORKS BY VISUAL ARTIST NICHOLAS KONTAXIS TO BE FEATURED

“Since its invention, the piano has been a driving force in much if not most of the great cultural music of humanity,” says Producer James Luce. “To launch this exciting new series, we wanted to honor the instrument and its players, so we invited several of the world’s most accomplished virtuosi to make the Piano the theme of the inaugural year of Classical Palm Springs.”

Producer James Luce and Temple Isaiah President Soo Borson today announced that the inaugural concert of the 2018-2019 Season of Classical Palm Springs will take place on Saturday, September 22nd at 7:30pm at Temple Isaiah, 332 West Alejo Road, Palm Springs California.

Tickets, available online at www.classicalpalmsprings.com, range from $40 for Seniors & Students to $95 (for Premium Seats and admission to the after concert Meet The Artist Reception). Premium Season Passes are also available online or by calling 760-699-8151.


Fei-Fei, pianist

The inaugural concert features the pianist Fei-Fei. She went directly from Juilliard to be a Finalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and winner the 2014 Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York.

PROGRAM FOR SEPTEMBER 22:
* Mozart: Sonata K 576
* Schumann: Kinderszenen
* Rachmaninoff: Moments Musicaux–No.2/3/4
* Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise

The series continues with concerts on November 10, 2018 with pianist Dan Tepfer; on January 27, 2019 with Brazilian composer and pianist Clarice Assad; on February 10, 2019 with guitar virtuoso Mak Grgik; and on March 10, 2019 with pianist Inna Faliks performing selected works by Robert Schumann and Richard Danielpour, preceded by a special Children’s concert at 1pm.


Nicholas Kontaxis, artist

Producer James Luce is also pleased to announce that the first concert will feature visual art by Rancho Mirage modern artist Nicholas Kontaxis, www.nicholaskontaxis.com, who creates large-scale abstract paintings, characterized by a riot of primary colors, despite overwhelming obstacles. 

The 22-year Kontaxis was diagnosed with an extensive brain tumor at 15 months old which resulted in intractable seizures, autism, and developmental delay. Intensive medical treatment and behavioral therapy allows him to lead a full life despite significant communication issues and suffering over 40,000 seizures to date. His repetitive inclinations and love of texture and shape helped Kontaxis discover his life calling as an artist. In the last three years, he has become a prolific painter, creating more than 100 complex pieces. The work of Kontaxis will be featured on stage during performances and also on the poster for the inaugural season.

“Art and music both feed the human spirit,” says Classical Palm Springs Co-producer Soo Borson, referring to the pairing of Kontaxis’s work with the concerts. “In fact, the concept of Classical Palm Springs at Temple Isaiah is to combine the best of both musical performance and the visual arts.“


2018-2019 SEASON LINEUP
* FEI-FEI – SEPTEMBER 22, 7:30pm – www.feifeipiano.com
* DAN TEPFER – NOVEMBER 10 – www.dantepfer.com
* CLARICE ASSAD – JANUARY 17 – www.clariceassad.com
* MAK GRGIC – FEBRUARY 10 – www.makgrgic.com
* INNA FALIKS – MARCH 10 – www.innafaliks.com

PRODUCER JAMES LUCE
Peabody award winning producer Jim Luce comes to Palm Springs after 40 years in the heart of the vibrant New York City’s music scene. In the 80s, Luce was an announcer and program host for America’s jazz station, WBGO-FM in Newark, New Jersey. In 1994, Luce launched the Caramoor Jazz Festival in Katonah, New York, and for 21 years brought the masters and rising stars of jazz to the concert stage to develop Caramoor as one of America’s premiere jazz festivals.

ABOUT TEMPLE ISAIAH
Temple Isaiah & Jewish Community Center Palm Springs is a non-denominational Jewish spiritual community in which we constantly endeavor to keep ourselves attuned to the three pillars of Jewish Life: Torah (intellectual growth), Avodah (spiritual practice), and Gemilut Hasadim (fixing the world). Founded in 1940’s, located in the heart of the city, Temple Isaiah and Jewish Community Center has always played a major role in the cultural and social aspects of Palm Springs. Whether it’s civic needs, social needs, or cultural needs, we aim to be a center in which the energy pulsates positivity. The synagogue invites Jews of all ideologies and non-Jews into becoming closer to Jewish tradition by offering weekly services, educational classes, and social gatherings. We aim to empower our members, and those who come through our doors, to create for themselves intellectual growth when it comes to Jewish heritage, practice, and theology. We empower those to taking a creative approach to spiritual practice; whether that means praying rituals, at home meditation, yoga, art, and/or spending time in nature. Ultimately encouraging all to develop an ongoing culture around caring about Others.

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