friday, august 2
Music of Andrew Norman
Serena McKinney, violin
Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, viola
Jonathan Moerschel, viola
Eric Byers, cello
David Kaplan, piano
Excerpts from New Dances of the League of David (2014-15)*
Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 No. 1 . . . Robert Schumann
No. 2 Quietly . . . Samuel Carl Adams
No. 4 Ungeduldig . . . Michael Brown
'Three Stars’ Tempo rubatissimo . . . Marcos Balter
No. 6 Sehr rasch und in sich hinein . . . Gabriel Kahane
No. 7 . . . Timo Andres
Vorspiel . . . Andrew Norman
No. 16 . . . Caroline Shaw
Mit gutem Humor, un poco lol ma con serioso vibes
For Ashley (2016) . . . Norman
Sonnets (2011) . . . Andrew Norman (arr. Lanzilotti)
A Companion Guide to Rome (2010) . . . Andrew Norman
Praised as “ideally eloquent” by the Los Angeles Times, cellist Eric Byers captivates audiences as a soloist, chamber musician, and composer. At 18, he made his solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Byers is a founding member of the Calder Quartet, performing the work of today’s emerging and established composers in addition to the core classical repertoire. First inspired to compose while on retreat in Joshua Tree at Lou Harrison’s straw bale house, Byers is a self-taught composer whose works have been performed at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., SummerStage in New York’s Central Park, and Hear Now Festival in Los Angeles.
Pianist David Kaplan has been called “excellent and adventurous” (NYTimes), and praised for “grace and fire” at the keyboard (Boston Globe). He has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Britten Sinfonia at London’s Barbican Centre, and this season, makes his concerto debut in Berlin’s Philharmonie. A creative recitalist, he has appeared at the Ravinia Festival, Washington’s National Gallery, Strathmore in Baltimore, and Bargemusic. Kaplan’s New Dances of the League of David, mixing Schumann with 16 new works, was cited in the “Best Classical Music of 2015” by The New York Times.
Jonathan Moerschel is the violist of the renowned Calder Quartet, which enjoys a diverse career, playing both the traditional quartet literature as well as partnering with innovative modern composers. The quartet, a recipient of the 2014 Avery Fischer Career Grant, has recently premiered new works by John Luther Adams, Andrew Norman, Tristan Perich, Daniel Bjarnason, Aaron Jay Kernis, and David Lang.
Serena McKinney is the founding violinist of the internationally heralded Janaki String Trio. Since her solo debut at age twelve, she has performed as soloist throughout the United States and Canada. Serena is active in film scoring in Los Angeles, recording with composers such as John Williams and performs as a substitute violinist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the LA Opera. She performs on a Joseph and Antonius Gagliano violin, c. 1740.