It’s not every weekend you find a world premiere performance in Louisville, but in fact this weekend there are two. The LA Piano Quartet will be in town to open the Chamber Music Society of Louisville‘s new season (Sunday at 3pm), and to premiere a work they’ve commissioned from Christopher Stark. Piano Quartet, is in three movements, each dedicated to a composer important to Stark’s life, from mentors and teachers Jonathan Harvey and Roberto Sierra, to his friend and fellow composer Sean Shepherd. The second movement, dedicated to Shepherd, is also a personal reflection on the death of Michael Brown and the aftermath that has gripped Ferguson, Missouri.
Daniel Gilliam talked with Christopher Stark and Xak Bjerken, pianist for the LA Piano Quartet, about this new work.
Here is the LA Piano Quartet performing another commissioned by Steven Stucky.
We are starting a new show, in partnership with WEKU, called Kentucky Center Stage. The first broadcast on Classical 90.5 is this Saturday at 6pm, featuring highlights from the 2013 Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. Daniel Gilliam hosts, with performances from Nicholas Phan, and the entire festival ensemble. Join us every Saturday at 6pm for performances through out the Bluegrass State.
As part of our broadcasts from the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, we’ll be presenting the premiere broadcast of a new work by Raymond Lustig called Ambition, performed by Nicholas Phan and the festival ensemble. Lustig currently lives in New York City and teaches at Juilliard, and also happens to be a published researcher in molecular biology (!). His music can be at times mysterious, beautiful and arresting. Compose Thyself (below) was written while Lustig was in residence at the Copland House, and is based on fragments from J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 210a. There’s also a “ghostly” presence of Copland that appears and vanishes through out.
In just three decades, Franz Schubert created more music than composers twice or thrice his age. Despite writing so much, his fan base was small. But most of his music was never intended for large audiences. His hundreds of songs and dozens of chamber works (ranging from miniature to expansive) were written for salons, living rooms and intimate gatherings. Alina Ibragimova and Cedric Tiberghien have captured his music for violin and piano (two instruments Schubert knew well) in their latest release from Hyperion.
Violinist Chris Robinson is a Louisvillian and student at the College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to being a full-time student, he’s starting a chamber music series called Giovani Vecchi.”Chris was in town promoting his series, and will perform with David Taustine on July 26th at the St. Francis in the Fields Church, in Prospect. Chris and David stopped by to give us a preview of the concert series, with movements of Brahms and Mozart sonatas, and an arrangement of a Chopin Nocturne by Nathan Milstein.