Parisian Perspectives
May
7
3:00 pm15:00

Parisian Perspectives

  • Berner Middle School

Let Debussy's "Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun", Stravinsky's "Firebird" Suite and Gershwin's "An American in Paris" whisk you away with rhapsodic representations of Parisian sights and sounds.  The performance will conclude with a one of a kind rendition of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue performed by the internationally renowned jazz pianist sensation Ted Rosenthal.  

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Stravinsky FIrebird Suite (1919)
Gershwin "An American in Paris"
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (Ted Rosenthal, piano)

Ted Rosenthal has performed worldwide as soloist, with his trio, and sideman with many jazz greats including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, James Moody, Bob Brookmeyer and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has also been a featured soloist with several major American orchestras including the Detroit Symphony. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Rosenthal has released 15 CDs as a leader. His latest, Rhapsody in Gershwin (2014), reached #1 in jazz album sales at iTunes. It features his arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue for jazz trio. A recipient of three NEA grants, Rosenthal also composes music ranging from jazz tunes to orchestral works and ballet scores, including for Alvin Ailey. Rosenthal is a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School and is a published author.

Passion and Spectacle
Mar
19
3:00 pm15:00

Passion and Spectacle

  • Berner Middle School

Savor the captivating and sublime beauty of some of the greatest masterworks in the repertoire, including Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Brahms Violin Concerto featuring the brilliant Anna B. Lee, and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3, "Scottish".

Beethoven Egmont Overture
Brahms Violin Concerto (Anna B. Lee, violin)
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3

The South Korean violinist Anna B. Lee was born in 1995 and as a very young child caused a sensation by making her orchestral debut with Paganini's Violin Concerto No 1 conducted by LanShui. At the age of six, she was admitted to Masao Kawasaki's class at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division. In 2013 she concluded her studies at Masao Kawasaki and Cho-Liang Lin.

After participating successfully in the Junior Division of the International Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in 2010, she won second prize in the Senior Division just two years later. In 2011 she was awarded the Prince of Hesse Prize and in 2013 the Mania and Bernhard Hahnloser Prize for Violin at the Verbier Festival Academy.

Anna Lee's solo performances include renowned orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has played in major concert halls such as Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall. For some time, the young artist has also been attracting attention as a conductor. In 2010 she made her debut with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and in 2011 with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2012 Anna Lee took part in Chamber Music Connects the World, where she played with Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer and Steven Isserlis. In 2015 she took part in both the Violin Masterclasses and the Kronberg Academy Festival . Since 2014 she has been studying as a Young Soloist at Kronberg Academy with Ana Chumachenco. These studies are funded by the Yehudi Menuhin Stipendium.

Anna Lee plays the ex-Tadolini/ ex-Liszt Stradivari (Cremona 1706) which is on loan to her from the Rin Collection.

Family Concert: Opera Goes POP!
Feb
12
3:00 pm15:00

Family Concert: Opera Goes POP!

  • Berner Middle School

Experience the magic of opera through exciting music from Die Fledermaus, William Tell, West Side Story, La Gioconda and Star Wars. The program includes a "mini-Carmen" featuring soprano Tamra Paselk, and a few out of this world surprises! 

Strauss Overture to Die FLedermaus
Bizet Selections from "Carmen" (Tamra Paselk)Strauss
Rossini Overture to "William Tell"
Bernstein Selections from "West Side Story"
Williams Music from "Star Wars"

Soprano Tamra Paselk, a native of El Paso, Texas now residing in New York City, is a critically acclaimed singer most recently praised by the New York Times as "finest among the singers" for her performance in Fairy Queen with dell'Arte Ensemble. Among others mentioning her standout performance for this role were the Arts Journal, Broadway World and the Wallstreet Journal.  For her depiction of Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Lucid Culturepraised Tamra for her "minutely focused, dynamically rich" performance and Broadway World stated, "Ms. Paselk breathed life into James Agee's nostalgic lyrics bringing the requisite reverie to the piece and demonstrating total commitment to the text."  Ms. Paselk hails from the classical world but is currently specializing in contemporary classical, cross over genres and musical theatre.

Sounds and Tastes of the Season
Dec
11
3:00 pm15:00

Sounds and Tastes of the Season

  • Berner Middle School

Ring in the season with a festive program of holiday classics including Tchaikovsky's Suite from "The Nutcracker" with dancers from the Eglevsky Ballet, Anderson's "Sleigh Ride", Handel's "Hallelujah" Chorus with the Massapequa High School Chorus and so much more. The program will conclude with the orchestra, chorus and you, the audience, in a rousing Holiday Sing Along! 

Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
Tchaikovsky Nutcracker (with dancers from the Eglevsky Ballet)
Anderson Sleigh Ride
Handel "Hallelujah Chorus" from "The Messiah" (Massapequa High School Chorus)
Various Holiday Sing Along

Autumn in Prague
Oct
23
3:00 pm15:00

Autumn in Prague

  • Berner Middle School

Enjoy the alluring brilliance of Antonín Dvorak's music, from his boisterous Slavonic Dance No. 1, through his evocative Symphony No. 8 to his beautifully poignant Cello Concerto, performed by internationally renowned soloist Adrian Duarov.

Dvořák Slavonic Dances Op. 46, No. 1
Dvořák Symphony No. 8
Dvořák Cello Concerto (Adrian Daurov, cello)

 

ADRIAN DAUROV is a versatile cellist, who performs on world famous concert stages including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Madison Square Garden, and Boardwalk Arena in Atlantic City, ranging from classical solo recitals to playing shows with the likes of Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Burt Bacharach, Frank Ocean and The Roots, The TransSiberian Orchestra, Sarah Brightman and the Icelandic postrock band Sigur Ros. Most recently, Adrian has collaborated with the Swedish folkrock band First Aid Kit, performing at iTunes Live Sessions and also frequently performs with the cello rock band Break of Reality.

Since Adrian's debut as a soloist with The St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra at age 15, he has nourished his career by receiving the top prizes at prestigious international music competitions in the Netherlands in 2002 and The US in 2006 as well as touring as a soloist with the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra in 2004 and being appointed the principal cellist of the Bayreuth Youth Festival Orchestra in Germany. In June 2007 Adrian was appointed the principal cellist of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, and a year later formed his own group, the award winning Voxare Quartet.  Adrian made his New York solo debut at Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center and has performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall. This season will also see Mr Daurov performing solo with the Symphony Orchestras of Wyoming, Corvallis, Longwood (MA) and St. Petersburg in Russia.

Daurov is a devoted performer of the music of our time. He has collaborated with composers Mohammed Fairouz, Daron Hagen (USA), Christopher Gunning (UK), Daniel Capelletti (Belgium) and Grigory Smirnov (Russia USA), who have written works for him. Adrian's two debut commercial recordings for Naxos label, to be released in 2015, featuring music by the Pulitzer Prizewinning
composer David Del Tredici and Mohammed Fairouz.