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James Valenti, tenor


Internationally acclaimed tenor
September 29, 2018  7:30pm

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James Valenti, tenor


Internationally acclaimed tenor
September 29, 2018  7:30pm

Concert $25     18 and under $10
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Internationally acclaimed tenor James Valenti has built a global reputation for his elegant musicianship, commanding stage presence, ardent style and voice of warm Italianate lustre.

The sought-after 6’5″ tenor trained at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, and Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Mr. Valenti made his professional debut at age 25 at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Rodolfo in the Franco Zeffirelli production of La Bohême. He has gone on to perform at the most celebrated theatres and opera houses in the world, including Teatro alla Scala Milan, Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Royal Opera House London, Opéra National de Paris Bastille, Sydney Opera House, Münich Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Salzburg Festival and Opernhaus Zürich opposite stars like Angela Gheorghiu, Thomas Hampson, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Bryn Terfel, Leo Nucci and more. He has showcased his vocal ability and acting versatility in a variety of roles such as Don José in Carmen, Don Carlo in Don Carlo, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Alfredo Germont in La Traviata, Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Lt. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Werther in Werther, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, the title role in Faust, and he portrayed Rudolph Valentino in The Dream of Valentino where he also got to flaunt his Tango dancing skills.

Mr. Valenti has been a recipient of many accolades and awards including The Richard Tucker Award in 2010, the Maria Callas Debut Artist Award in 2009, and he was the guest soloist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral NYC for Christmas Eve Midnight Mass in 2013.

Mr. Valenti most recently performed in a large scale concert in Budapest Hungary, at the Music Festival in St. Barth’s, starred in a special Tosca for the rebirth of New York City Opera, Madama Butterfly at The Metropolitan Opera, opposite Patricia Racette in Tosca with the Detroit Symphony and with fellow star Anna Netrebko in a concert at the Baden-Baden Festival in Germany.

Mr. Valenti is also a very active humanitarian, giving his time to help children with the global organization Children International and the Happy Hearts Fund.

In between his on stage performances he makes time to give back to young emerging artists and has given masterclasses and lectures at The University of Texas Austin, Northwestern, St. Olaf College, The University of Minnesota, and his undergraduate alma mater, West Virginia University where he received the honor of induction into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni 2015.

 

 

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September 29, 2018
James Valenti, tenor
“Internationally acclaimed tenor”

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Neave Trio


Electric energy and easy virtuosity
November 17, 2018  7:30pm

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Neave Trio


Electric energy and easy virtuosity
November 17, 2018  7:30pm

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Since forming in 2010, Neave Trio – violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Eri Nakamura – has earned enormous praise for its engaging, cutting-edge performances. WQXR explains, "'Neave' is actually a Gaelic name meaning 'bright' and 'radiant', both of which certainly apply to this trio's music making." The Boston Musical Intelligencer included Neave in its "Best of 2014" and “Best of 2016” roundups, writing, "it is inconceivable that they will not soon be among the busiest chamber ensembles going,” and “their unanimity, communication, variety of touch, and expressive sensibility rate first tier.”
 
Neave has performed at many esteemed concert series and at festivals worldwide, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center/La Jolla Music Society, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Series (United Kingdom), and the Samoylov and Rimsky Korsakow Museums' Chamber Music Series in St. Petersburg (Russia). The trio has also appeared frequently as soloists for Beethoven's Triple Concerto with orchestras across the country and held residency positions at Brown University, ArtsAhimsa Chamber Music Festival, San Diego State University as the first ever Fisch/Axelrod Trio-in-Residence, the Banff Centre (Canada), among many other institutions. In the fall of 2017, the Trio will join the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College as an Alumni Artists, Faculty Ensemble-in-Residence.

Neave Trio strives to champion new works by living composers and reach wider audiences through innovative concert presentations, regularly collaborating with artists of all mediums. These collaborations include performances with the Blythe Barton Dance Company, which earned "Best Dance Production" at the 2015 San Diego International Fringe Festival; projection artist Ryan Brady, who has added visual components to Neave's performances of standard repertoire; the interactive concert series "STEIN2.0," launched in collaboration with composer Amanuel Zarzowski; Klee Musings by acclaimed American composer Augusta Read Thomas, which was premiered by Neave; and the upcoming short film, 4Seasons, a genre-defying short film based on the tango music of Astor Piazzolla, in collaboration with filmmaker Pablo Berron and the Blythe Barton Dance Company.

Recordings include Neave's 2016 debut American Moments on Chandos Records, featuring works by Korngold, Foote, and Bernstein and an upcoming 2018 release on Azica Records with all new arrangements of Piazzolla's works for piano trio and voice by Argentinian arranger, Leonardo Suarez Paz. This album will feature mezzo-soprano and Metropolitan Opera singer, Carla Jablonski. Neave will also release an all-French album on Chandos Records in 2018, featuring music of Debussy, Fauré, and Roussel.

Concert highlights for the 2017-18 season include Charleston Chamber Music Society, Rochester Institute of Technology's Performing Artists Concert Series, Harvard Music Association, Concerts at the Point (Westport, MA), Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the Desert Community Orchestra, Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society, Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Series (United Kingdom), Brightwaters Library Chamber Series, and Promisek Salon Concerts, among many other performances.

 

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November 17, 2018
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“Electric energy and easy virtuosity”

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Jenny Q Chai, piano


Dynamic and unconventional
February 16, 2019  7:30pm

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Jenny Q Chai, piano


Dynamic and unconventional
February 16, 2019  7:30pm

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An artist of singular vision, pianist Jenny Q Chai is widely renowned for her ability to illuminate musical connections throughout the centuries. With razor-sharp intention, Chai integrates her prodigy’s training with personal fascinations in the latest in live electronics, artificial intelligence, and environmental research, creating layered multimedia programs and events which explore and unite elements of science, nature, and art. “Jenny Q Chai, who has studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, is following the more eclectic path…” The New York Times

Based both in Shanghai and New York City, Chai’s instinctive understanding of new music is complemented by a deep grounding in core repertoire, with special affinity for Schumann, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Bach, Debussy, and Ravel. She is also a noted interpreter of 20th-century masters Cage, Messiaen, Kurtág, and Ligeti. And her career is threaded through with strong relationships and close collaborations with a range of notable contemporary composers, including Marco Stroppa, Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, György Kurtág, among others. With a deft poetic touch, Chai weaves these wide-ranging composers and repertoire into a gorgeous and lucid musical tapestry.

Chai has won acclaim for performances in New York City, at Carnegie Hall (Zankel), (le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and Symphony Space. She has appeared throughout the US, Germany, Belgium, Spain; and at the Gaudeamus New Music, the Festival Leo Brouwer in Cuba, and the Darmstadt International Festival for New Music. In China, she has appeared regularly at the Shanghai Concert Hall, and is widely known as a leading advocate for contemporary music, having given the Chinese premiere of numerous contemporary masterworks, including works by Messiaen, Cage, and the very first prepared piano concert in the country. Chai is also an active lecturer on topics such as music and technology and music entrepreneurship at venues such as Harvard University, New York University, Manhattan School of Music, Chicago College of Performing Arts and Fudan University in China.

Her immersive approach to music is also channeled into her work with FaceArt Institute of Music, the Shanghai-based organization she founded and runs, offering music education and an international exchange of music and musicians in China and beyond. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the New York City-based contemporary music organization Ear to Mind.

Chai’s talents have been showcased on recordings for labels such as Deutschlandfunk, Naxos and ArpaViva. Her next album on the solo piano music of Marco Stroppa and György Kurtág will soon be released.


The recipient of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project, the DAAD Arts and Performance award in 2010, and first prize winner of the Keys to the Future Contemporary Solo Piano Festival, Jenny Q Chai studied at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and in Cologne University of Music and Dance with Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Her teachers include Aimard, Seymour Lipkin, Solomon Mikowsky, and Anthony de Mare, as well as close consultation with Marilyn Nonken, Chai’s thesis adviser for her doctoral dissertation, Manifesto on Marco Stroppa’s Miniature Estrose.

Looking forward, Chai will appear as the soloist to perform Philippe Manoury’s concerto at the inaugural concert of Warsaw Festival with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

 

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February 16, 2019
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“Dynamic and unconventional”

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Akshara Music Ensemble


Indian Classical Inspired - Made in NYC
May 18, 2019  7:30pm

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Akshara Music Ensemble


Indian Classical Inspired - Made in NYC
May 18, 2019  7:30pm

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Akshara is a dynamic music ensemble bringing together world music traditions on the rhythmic and modal foundations of Indian classical music. In 2015, Akshara’s Mohana Blues won the ‘Best World Traditional Song’ award at the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards. Along with NYC’s brightest musical talent, Akshara Music Ensemble’s leader and composer, Bala Skandan, presents surprising and delightful interpretations of traditional ragas like Kamboji, Mohana, Gambira Natai and Shanmugapriya arranged for Carnatic, Hindustani, and Western classical and folk instruments.

Mridangist, composer, and educator Bala Skandan formed Akshara Music Ensemble in 2008, assembling New York’s strongest voices in Indian classical music to explore the crossroads of the traditional and the contemporary. Skandan’s original music expresses classical Carnatic (South Indian) ragas and talas through the forms of world music, jazz improvisation, and modern composition, creating a music as dynamic and diverse as New York City itself. With an instrumentation ranging from hammered dulcimer, violins, and cello to mridangam, kanjira, and bansuri, Akshara’s music utilizes a broad sonic palette that highlights its members’ backgrounds in Carnatic, Hindustani, Western Classical, and Folk music. Through agile melody, propulsive percussion, and energetic ensemble interplay, they craft a hybrid music of uncommon beauty and rigor.

Akshara has presented work sponsored by some of New York’s leading arts institutions and music venues, including The Rubin Museum of Art, Lyric Chamber Music Society, Cornelia St. Café and Rockwood Music Hall. In addition to their musical performances, Akshara is active in composing and performing new music to accompany classical dance productions, teaching workshops and masterclasses to music students, and bringing the richness of Indian classical traditions to audiences of initiates and neophytes alike.

 

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May 18, 2019
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“Indian Classical Inspired - Made in NYC”

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