Concerts and the City – Urban Storytelling with Daniel Libeskind

This article is the full version of the article published in its edited version by LISTEN MAGAZINE, under the same title. – All photos courtesy Studio Daniel Libeskind – There is a deeply affecting quality about star architect Daniel Libeskind’s simple, elegant elucidations, which possess an air of truth that never fails to inspire. Perhaps most essentially, they offer a glimpse into the deeply enthusiastic and positive worldview so inherent in all of his endeavors. “You have to...
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Israeli Chamber Project – Projects within the unending pursuit of musical exploration

Embarking on their second decade as a chamber ensemble, the Israeli Chamber Project starts the 2018/19 season with a unique program, coined the Debussy Effect. With the music world marking the centennial of Debussy’s death in 1918, the ensemble takes the iconic French composer’s romantic Piano Trio and his later Première Rhapsody as point of reference, affirming the profound effect of his work on three of his compatriots, Ravel, Faure, and Salzedo. The October...
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Piano School Of New York City

When pianist Vera Anselmo, who trained at Juilliard and Mannes School of Music, started giving piano and music lessons at local schools in Manhattan’s Upper Westside and Harlem in 2001, she did not realize the potential impact her ‘Piano School of New York City’ would make over the years, but her passion to bring the gift of music to all had always been her driving force. In her twenties, Anselmo entertained a growing piano...
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Pianist Ching-Yun Hu – unbiased brilliance

“The decision to make an album of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s works was made from a pure love of his music. I want to evoke from listeners the most beautiful experiences through this music that encompasses all of human emotions, of love, hope, nostalgia, loss despair…This music reminds me of my childhood struggles, and beautiful moments spent with my family. It transports me to another world.” – Ching-Yun Hu With these words from the liner notes...
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PIANOFEST IN THE HAMPTONS celebrates 30 golden years in support of its collective talent

With Rites of Spring 30th Anniversary Concert at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery, Pianofest honors its founder Paul Schenly, and kicks off its new season with performances by Tomer Gewirtzman, Fei-Fei and Konstantin Soukhovetski If you are a budding concert pianist, what better way to escape lonely hours spent at the piano and retreat to summer night dreams and harmonies with conservatory buddies and delighted concert audiences in the Hamptons? Some of Pianofest alumni...
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Robert Kapilow – Making Music Accessible

With humor and animated enthusiasm, Robert Kapilow creates a unique platform, inviting music lovers to deepen their journey of musical discovery. In each of his ‘What Makes It Great’ concert experiences, he divides a classical masterwork into its individual components, analyzing its stylistic intent, rhythm and harmonic structure to reveal underlying key elements that the composer applied. On this quest for a musical blueprint, Kapilow and his performers dismantle the piece’s expressive effects without...
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Pegasus: The Orchestra – Cultural Incubator of Community

Pegasus, the winged divine stallion of Greek mythology, friend of the muses bringing lighting and thunder from Olympus to the people, perfectly embodies the orchestra’s broad aspirations: “As musicians and artists we dream of achieving new heights and letting our imagination take flight,” says Pegasus founder, pianist and composer Karén Hakobyan: “We as humans have always dreamt of defying gravity. Music does just that – it gives us wings.” Hakobyan passionately embraces his new...
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ASPECT Foundation for Music and Art – classical concerts building on cultural and communal context

From its 2011 beginnings in London’s bustling concert scene, the classical music series ASPECT embraced presentations that integrate classical music programs in a specific cultural framework. With its syllabus of accompanying talks surrounding its traditional classical music programs, examining everything from composers’ lives and the historic relevance of their works, to connections between musical expression, art and poetry, the not-for-profit foundation became widely frequented, especially within London’s large community of actively engaged amateur musicians....
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National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall: Signing up for excellence – standing for cultural outreach

Short of the national “red, white and blue,” the National Youth Orchestra’s featured dress code on Carnegie Hall’s stage incorporated red slacks, white shirts and black blazers, with Converse-style sneakers adding a youthful touch. Despite the teenagers’ adolescent appearance, they could be judged on a rather adult level of performance as they cautiously, but deliberately held back in Mozart’s subtle virtuoso passages, so as not to undermine master pianist Emanuel Ax, known endearingly as...
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CMS Chamber Music Encounters – on a perpetual quest for inspired music making

American cellist David Finckel and Taiwanese pianist Wu Han need no further introduction to visitors of “Chamber Music Encounters,” an intense 6-day educational chamber music workshop, and their latest brainchild under the auspices of Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center. Culminating in a free concert performance at Alice Tully Hall, audiences shared the results of a dynamic coaching effort focused on communal mentorship between CMS’ Encounters renowned faculty and new talent. In the sessions,...
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