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January 2011 e-newsletter
In this issue
Discover Takesha Meshé Kizart
Inon Barnatan: back to the future
Stefan Jackiw: picks and dates
Alessio Bax snares critics' picks

Datebook
 

Jan. 10: NYC
Joshua Roman
Weill Recital Hall

Arts Presenters Showcase


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an. 12: Palm Beach, FL
Joshua Roman
Palm Beach State College
Classical Café w/ Yuki Numata & Bill Kalinkos


Jan. 14-16: Houston, TX

Inon Barnatan
Houston Symphony

Mozart: Piano Cto. No. 17

 

Jan 15: Berlin
Takesha Meshé Kizart

Deutsche Oper Berlin

Tosca (title role)

 

Jan. 16: Menlo Park, CA

Alessio Bax

Music@Menlo Winter Series
Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninoff

Jan. 16 - Feb. 14: Paris
James Valenti
Opéra National de Paris-Bastille
Madama Butterfly (Lt. Pinkerton)

Jan. 20-22: Rochester, NY

Julian Kuerti

Rochester Philharmonic

Messiaen, Prokofiev, Beethoven


Jan. 20-22: Nashville, TN

Stefan Jackiw

Nashville Symphony

Sibelius: Violin Cto.

 

Jan. 21: Dallas, TX

Alessio Bax

UT Dallas
Recital w/ Emanuel Borok

Jan. 21 & 22: Lubbock, TX

Inon Barnatan

Lubbock Symphony

Schumann: Piano Cto. 
 

Jan. 22: La Jolla, CA
Joyce Yang
La Jolla Music Society

w/Miró Quartet
Schubert, Liebermann, Dvorak

Jan. 22: Interlochen, MI
Joshua Roman
Interlochen Arts Academy Orch.
Elgar: Cello Cto.
 

Jan. 27 & 29: Seattle, WA

Stefan Jackiw

Seattle Chamber Music Festival

Beethoven, Shostakovich


Jan. 28-30: Sarasota, FL

Alessio Bax

Sarasota Orchestra

Mozart: Piano Cto. No. 24


Jan. 29 & 30: Greenwich, CT
Joshua Roman
Greenwich Symphony
Elgar: Cello Cto.

Jan. 30 & Feb. 1: Sarasota, FL
Stefan Jackiw & Joyce Yang
Artist Series of Sarasota
Brahms, Copland, Stravinsky
 

Jan. 30: Seattle, WA
Julian Kuerti

Seattle Symphony

w/Itzhak Perlman


Jan. 30: Carmel, IN

Inon Barnatan

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on tour

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, four hands
 

Jan. 30-Feb. 15: Berlin

Takesha Meshé Kizart

Deutsche Oper Berlin

Marie Victoire (Marie)

Feb. 2-19: New York, NY
Jessica Rivera
Metropolitan Opera
Nixon in China (Pat Nixon cover)
 

Feb. 3: New York, NY

Alessio Bax

Chamber Music Society of

Lincoln Center

Tiensuu, Rihm, Widmann
 

Feb. 4-5: Princeton, NJ

Brooklyn Rider

Institute for Advanced Studies

Dvorak, Cage, Glass

 

Feb. 4-5: Salt Lake City, UT

Julian Kuerti

Utah Symphony

Debussy, Bartok, Rachmaninoff


Feb. 4-6: Elgin, IL

Inon Barnatan

Elgin Symphony

Shostakovich: Piano Cto. No. 2
 

Feb. 5: St. Cloud, MN

Stefan Jackiw & Joyce Yang

Chamber Music Society of

St. Cloud

Brahms, Copland, Stravinsky


Feb. 7-13: Laguna Beach, CA

Brooklyn Rider

Laguna Beach Music Festival

Guest artistic director & residency


Feb. 10-12: St. Paul, MN

Julian Kuerti

St. Paul Chamber Orch.

Ravel, Britten, Schoenberg


Feb. 11-12: La Jolla, CA
Stefan Jackiw

Mainly Mozart

w/Max Levinson

Mozart, Copland, R. Strauss


Feb. 11-12: Salt Lake City, UT
Joyce Yang
Utah Symphony
Shostakovich: Piano Cto. No. 1

Feb. 13: Rancho Santa Fe, NM

Stefan Jackiw

Mainly Mozart

w/Max Levinson

Mozart, Chopin, R. Strauss
 

Feb. 16: Santa Barbara, CA

Brooklyn Rider

UC Santa Barbara

 

Discover Takesha Meshé Kizart

Kizart_Takesha_ATW5.jpgSoprano Takesha Meshé Kizart is "blasting star quality all over the stage with her stunning voice and sensational good looks" (Opera News).  She's already being hailed as the next great Verdian Voice of her generation, and Opera magazine says the young and beautiful American "is worthy of all superlatives."  Kizart made a notable debut at the Metropolitan Opera this fall in La bohème"The most intriguing of the new faces was Takesha Meshé Kizart," wrote James Jorden in the New York Post. "With her exotic and voluptuous soprano, her megawatt presence automatically drew the eye." In 2012, she's scheduled to grace the Met again in Turandot

 
During 2011, Kizart returns to Deutsche Oper Berlin in the title roles of Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Respighi's Marie Victoire, and sings the lead in new productions of Tosca with Oper Frankfurt, La bohème with Opera Australia, and Il Trovatore with New National Theatre Tokyo.

The Chicago native's musical roots run deep; she counts music legends McKinley "Muddy Waters" Morganfield and Tina Turner among her relations. A deeply spiritual person, she was given a name that itself seems a force of destiny. Takesha means highly favored, Meshé: messiah/savior, and Kizart: miraculous.



For more information, visit TakeshaMeshéKizart.com or the Askonas Holt web site and view video excerpts.

Inon Barnatan: back to the future

Inon BarnatanThis weekend, pianist Inon Barnatan returns as soloist with the Houston Symphony, the site of his American concerto debut in June 2007.  His career in the U.S. has unfolded like a row of dominos, marked by appearances with the San Francisco, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, a fruitful collaboration with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, extensive summer festival engagements from Aspen to Santa Fe, Spoleto and Vail, and concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Library of Congress. In 2009 he received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.  And then there's Europe, where he's given recitals at London's Wigmore Hall and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, as well as his fall debut as concerto soloist at Berlin's Philharmonie.

 

Barnatan is often described as a remarkably complete artist who inhabits the music.  Recent reviews have cited his plush tone and gossamer touch.  The Oklahoman praised his "virtuosity and poetry," writing that while "conducting [the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields] from the keyboard, Barnatan played with tremendous intelligence and sensitivity."

 

San Francisco Classical Voice included last summer's concert with the Miró Quartet from Music@Menlo in its Top 10 Concerts of 2010, claiming that "the balance with Inon Barnatan's wonderful pianism was impeccable."  
 

   

For more information, visit InonBarnatan.com, his YouTube channel, or the Opus 3 Artists web site.  

 
 

Stefan Jackiw: picks and dates

Stefan Jackiw


'Tis the season for annual "best of" lists, and Stefan Jackiw's Brahms Sonatas CD (Sony Classical) got the nod in Violinist.com's holiday gift guide: "This is Jackiw's debut recording, and it certainly has me looking forward to more."  The album also received a mention from San Jose Mercury News in its Top Classical CDs of 2010, in good company with the likes of Anne-Sophie Mutter's Brahms for DG this year. 

 
On the road, the 25-year-old violinist plays the Sibelius Concerto Jan. 20-22 with the Nashville Symphony, followed by concerts with the Seattle Chamber Music Society, and recitals in Florida, California, New Mexico, and chilly Minnesota.  Also in February, Jackiw collaborates with hot maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in London and Madrid.

 
"
The three Brahms sonatas are at the very heart of the violinist's repertoire, so it takes a hearty and very talented soul to issue them as a recorded calling card. Korean violinist Stefan Jackiw (pronounced JACK-eev) seems to fill the bill on both counts ... It's immediately clear what the buzz is about ... As an introduction to the work of an artist who's obviously forging a very bright career, this is a fine disc and worth hearing."  -- Audiophile Audition,
11/18/10 [Lee Passarella]


 

 

For more information, visit StefanJackiw.com, his YouTube channel or the Opus 3 Artists web site. 

 

Alessio Bax snares critics' picks

Bax_Alessio_ATW2.jpgIn its roundup for Best CDs of 2010, Mexico's l'Orfeo magazine gave Alessio Bax the top spot for his Bach Transcribed album.  The elegant Italian pianist also received two picks in Theater Jones's Best Classical Music & Opera of 2010 in Dallas: Dvorak with Chamber Music International and Messiaen at the Mimir Chamber Music Festival.  San Francisco Classical Voice points to Music@Menlo's January 16 concert with a trio of pianists - Bax, Wu Han and Anne-Marie McDermott - as one of the Top Recitals & Special Events for Winter/Spring.


As if there weren't enough snow and ice in Canada during the October and December installments of their Prairie Debut Tour, Bax and his pianist wife, Lucille Chung, head north again in February for a dozen concerts in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  View a preview of coming attractions in their 68-second "movie trailer."

 

"Pianist Alessio Bax made his triumphant Kansas City debut in a Harriman-Jewell Series Discovery Concert at the Folly Theater Saturday night. Bax is a very lyrical pianist who deserves all the praise he's repeatedly gotten for technical facility ... But perhaps Bax's greatest interpretive strength is the power to become transparent before the music he plays."     --Kansas City Star, 11/21/10 [John Heuertz]
 


 

For more information, visit AlessioBax.com, his YouTube channel or the Barrett Vantage Artists web site.  


 

Photos: Obrazi magazine/Maja Slavec (Kizart), Marco Borggreve (Barnatan), Lisa-Marie Mazzucco (Jackiw, Bax)

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