92Y's Tisch Center for the Arts Announces 2019/20 Classical Season

By: Feb. 13, 2019
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92Y's Tisch Center for the Arts is proud to announce its 2019/20 Classical season, with more than 50 concerts from mid-October through early June. Curated by DirectorHanna Arie-Gaifman with Artistic Administrator Nicholas Russotto, it may be 92Y's most ambitious season to date, in both size and artistic scope. From solo recitals to chamber operas, the 19/20 offerings epitomize the world-class artistry and intelligent programming for which 92Y is known. Details on individual series and programs follow, along with a chronological list of concerts.

As usual, marquee names abound, with masterful interpretations by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jonathan Biss, Sasha Cooke, Jeremy Denk, Angela Hewitt, Garrick Ohlsson, Eric Owens, Pepe Romero, Sir Andr s Schiff, the Tak cs Quartet, and many others.

At the same time, the 19/20 season is rich in new music. More than a dozen world premieres are planned, including three 92Y commissions: a work by award-winning multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey for the McGill/McHale Trio (December 19); a new score by Brazilian-born, Chicago-based composer Marcos Balter, premiered by cellist Jay Campbell with pianist Conor Hanick (February 14); and a duo-piano work by wunderkind Conrad Tao for the second of Anthony de Mare's Liaisons2020recitals (March 27 and 29). In addition, de Mare will premiere new Sondheim-inspiredLiaisons pieces by Timo Andres, Jon Batiste, Jeff Beal, Mark Bennett, Christopher Cerrone, Ted Hearne, Meredith Monk, Paola Prestini, and Kevin Puts.

Other world premieres include works by John Zorn (on Campbell and Hanick'sFebruary 14 recital), Sergio Assad, Clarice Assad, Gulli Bj rnsson, Evan Chapman, and Molly Joyce, details below.

92Y celebrates Beethoven's 250th birthday year with a new Vocal Series, based on the composer's often-overlooked innovation: the song cycle. His An die ferne Geliebte, considered the first by a major composer, decisively influenced Schubert and many others. An die ferne Geliebte will be performed throughout the season by mezzo-sopranos Alice Coote (March 18) and Sasha Cooke (February 13); tenor Christoph Pr gardien (October 22); and bass-baritone Roderick Williams (January 22, also part of Inflection). In varied programs, each singer will explore the cycle's impact on composers who followed. Julius Drake is both curator and accompanist for the series.

Beethoven also occupies a prominent place in programs by pianist Paul Lewis, performing the Diabelli Variations (October 24); Pierre Laurent-Aimard, who pairs Op. 10, No. 3 and the Appassionata with Schoenberg's Five Pieces and Stockhausen'sKlavierst ck IX (April 2), and Op. 110 with Sweelinck, Berg and George Benjamin'sShadowlines (April 4); and the East Coast Chamber Orchestra under Shai Wosner, who will play Mahler's arrangement of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, along with NY composer Christopher Cerrone's Dissolving Margins (October 27). TheBelcea Quartet plays Beethoven's first string quartet, Op. 18, No. 1, and the late Op. 130 with the Grosse Fuge finale (March 24).

92Y's Inflection series returns in 19/20 for a second round of bold collaborations across multiple disciplines, including music, dance, visual art, and literature. For this thought-provoking and entertaining series, Arie-Gaifman has brought together an impressive array of artists and thinkers to explore the theme of Myths and Legends in six compelling presentations. A special highlight is the US premiere of Japanese master Toshio Hosokawa's chamber opera Futari Shizuka (The Maiden from the Sea), paired with George Benjamin's acclaimed Into the Little Hill, based on the tale of the Pied Piper (March 7). The Geneva Camerata makes its US debut under David Greilsammer in a choreographed performance of Lully's Le Bourgeois gentilhommeand Mozart's Symphony No. 40, with the musicians playing from memory as they move around the stage (November 6).

Other Inflection events include Brazilian duo Clarice and S rgio Assad (vocals/piano and guitar respectively) with Third Coast Percussion in an evening of original compositions inspired by archetypes and legends (March 28). Bass-baritone Roderick Williams' An die ferne Geliebte recital, noted above, also includes a rare performance of Brahms' melodrama 15 Romances on L. Tieck's Die Sch ne Magelone (January 22). Soprano Lucy Shelton, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, and tenor Bille Bruley are featured in Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and Jan ek's Diary of One Who Disappeared (January 24). Armed with nothing more than a lyre, singer/reciterBenjamin Bagby performs his riveting rendition of the Old English epic Beowulf(January 23).

The Basel Chamber Orchestra is joined by pianist Piotr Anderszweski in a program highlighted by the US premiere of contemporary Swiss composer Heinz Holliger'sMeta Arca for strings (October 16).

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is back with a trio of concerts: Anthony Dean Griffeyand Alice Coote sing Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde in an arrangement bySchoenberg and Rainer Riehn (April 7); Carolin Widmann is the soloist in Kurt Weill's Violin Concerto (December 7); and nineteenth-century composer Louise Farrenc's Nonet meets Mendelssohn's Octet (February 9).

The opportunity to dig deep is another hallmark of 92Y programming. The Tak cs Quartet plays the complete Bart k string quartets over two concerts, October 18 and20. The Borodin Quartet begins their cycle of Shostakovich's complete string quartets in a series of five concerts over the next two seasons, beginning November 5.Garrick Ohlsson completes his traversal of Brahms' complete solo piano music (December 15, and April 26, with a chamber music "intermezzo" on March 4), andAngela Hewitt concludes her four-year Bach keyboard cycle (November 2, April 30,May 2).