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2013 — 2014 Concert Season

“The Red Violin”

[Image of Elizabeth Pitcairn]
Violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn.
Photograph: Christian Steiner.

Elizabeth Pitcairn playing the famous “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius with Barbara Podgurski, piano.

When

Saturday, 5 October 2013
7:30 PM

Tickets

Adult: $20 (mail or day of show)
Senior 62 or older: $15 (mail or day of show)
Students with valid ID: $10 (mail or day of show)
Children 12 and under: free

Celebrated American violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn has earned a stunning reputation as one of America’s most beloved soloists. Ms Pitcairn made her New York debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in 2000 with the New York String Orchestra and she has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music. She is the CEO and Artistic Director of the Luzerne Music Center and Chamber Music Festival in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she has resided in Los Angeles since 1991. She was a former assistant adjunct professor of violin at USC since 2000, and is currently member of the distinguished faculty at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Elizabeth Pitcairn performs exclusively on the revolutionary Wittner Finetune-Pegs on her legendary instrument, the “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius of 1720. She is represented in Italy, France and Russia by Premiere Artists Agency. The 2008 10th Anniversary edition DVD of The Red Violin features Elizabeth and her instrument in a special feature documentary called “The Auction Block.”

Making Music with the Marimba

[Image of Makoto Nakura]
Marimbist Makoto Nakura.
Photograph: Misaki Matsui.

Marimba virtuoso Makoto Nakura explores a variety of musical styles with Jesse Mills, violin, and Barbara Podgurski.

When

Saturday, 7 December 2013
7:30 PM

Tickets

Adult: $20 (mail or day of show)
Senior 62 or older: $15 (mail or day of show)
Students with valid ID: $10 (mail or day of show)
Children 12 and under: free

Makoto Nakura is a musician whose artistry and astonishing virtuosity have been mesmerizing audiences for decades. He creates innovative programs of new music as well as traditional classical repertoire, revealing the versatility and expressive range of the marimba while enlightening and entertaining the listener. His most recent premieres are a double concerto by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez for piano and marimba and a concerto for marimba and wind band, written by Toshio Mashima. The 2012-2013 season will see “Music of Wood and Forest III,” a recital dedicated to newly commissioned solo and chamber works by composers from the U.S., the U.K. and Japan.

Born in Kobe, Japan, Mr Nakura began to play the marimba at the age of eight. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Musashino College in Tokyo. He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London from which he was named an Asscociate. Indeed, because of his strong commitment to reaching younger audiences, he conducts many master classes and workshops at schools such as the Eastman School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, among many others.

PUBLIQuartet

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PUBLIQuartet.
Photograph: Ryan Scherb.

This hot young string quartet plays classics with a modern spin.

When

Saturday, 25 January 2014
7:30 PM

Tickets

Adult: $20 (mail or day of show)
Senior 62 or older: $15 (mail or day of show)
Students with valid ID: $10 (mail or day of show)
Children 12 and under: free

Formed in 2010, PUBLIQuartet (PQ) injects fresh perspective into the world of Classical music. Graduates of Eastman School of Music and the Mannes College of Music, each member contributes to a collective background in classical, jazz, world and electro acoustic performance. They aim to present music from the classical cannon, contemporary compositions, and open-form improvisations which extend the stylistic norms of the traditional string quartet. PUBLIQuartet has been presented by The American Composers Orchestra, Queens College, Music of Now Marathon, Turtle Bay Music School, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Cirlcles and Lines and the Ridotto Concert Series, and were the featured artists for the Socrates Sculpture Park’s annual Gala, supporting their endeavor to encourage “strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public.” They have performed at such venues as Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, the WMP Concert Hall, University Settlement, LeFrak Auditorium, Cornelia Street Cafe, Norwalk Symphony Hali, and numerous historical community spaces in NYC. They have worked with members of the Muir, Juilliard, Orion, Brentano, Mendelssohn, Tokyo and American String Quartets, as well as acclaimed composers Joan Tower and Don Byron. PQ supports their artistic community by presenting New York City’s emerging and established composers, as well as providing educational workshops to teach string improvisation. Their new concert series, MIND|THE|GAP, explores ways to connect old and new music by bridging musical content through improvisation. Current and upcoming projects include the continuation of their MIND|THE|GAP concert series and the inaugural emerging composers competition, PUBLIQ Access.

An Evening of Chamber Music

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Musica Reginae Chamber Players.
Photograph:...

Schumann and Brahms Piano Quartets featuring founding members of the Musica Reginae Chamber Players.

When

Saturday, 15 March 2014
7:30 PM

Tickets

Adult: $20 (mail or day of show)
Senior 62 or older: $15 (mail or day of show)
Students with valid ID: $10 (mail or day of show)
Children 12 and under: free

New Music Composers’ Forum II

A special event in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Queens New Music Festival.

When

Saturday, 10 May 2014
7:30 PM

Tickets

Adult: $20 (mail or day of show)
Senior 62 or older: $15 (mail or day of show)
Students with valid ID: $10 (mail or day of show)
Children 12 and under: free

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