Harman Orchestra Classic Series

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm

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HANDEL
Messiah SoundbiteMessiah Parts I & II
    The Stamford Symphony with the NY Virtuoso Singers
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St Johns

Founded in 1988 by conductor Harold Rosenbaum, The New York Virtuoso Singers has become this country's leading exponent of contemporary choral music. Although the chorus performs music of all periods, its emphasis is on commissioning, performing and recording the music of American composers.

NYVS has been featured many times on radio and TV. In August 1993, the group appeared as the first-ever guest chorus at Tanglewood Music Center's annual Festival of Contemporary Music (returning in 2003), and in 2010, NYVS made its third appearance at the Juilliard School.

NYVS has won the prestigious ASCAP-Chorus America "Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music" four times, and has been given Chorus America's "American Choral Works Performance Award."

The New York Virtuoso Singers has collaborated with The Brooklyn Philharmonic, The American Composers Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Luke's, The American Symphony, The Bard Festival Orchestra, The Mark Morris Dance Group, Bang on a Can, The Glynbourne Opera Company, Parnassus, The Riverside Symphony, and others.

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Location: at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist -- 279 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT



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Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

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ROSSINI
Messiah SoundbiteLa Cenerentola (Cinderella) Overture
ELGAR
Messiah SoundbiteSalut d' amour (Love's Greeting)
BEETHOVEN
Messiah SoundbitePiano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, op. 19
    Stephen Hough, piano
MYSLIVEČEK
Messiah SoundbiteOverture No. 2 in A Major, F.27
MOZART
Messiah SoundbiteSymphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 Prague
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Stephen Hough Video

Stephen Hough, pianist has secured a reputation as a uniquely insightful concert pianist but also as a writer and composer. His multiple talents have earned him a multitude of prestigious awards and an international following.

In 2001 Mr. Hough was the first classical performing artist to win a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He was awarded the 2008 Northwestern University's Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano, won the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award in 2010 and in January 2014 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in the New Year's Honors List. He has appeared with major European and American orchestras and regularly plays recitals. His recent engagements include recitals in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, New York's Carnegie Hall, Paris, San Francisco, Toronto, Portland OR, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and Sydney; performances with the Czech, London, Los Angeles, and New York Philharmonics, the Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston, Atlanta and Toronto symphonies, and the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Budapest Festival and Russian National Orchestras.

Many of Mr. Hough's catalogue of over 50 albums have garnered international prizes, several Grammy nominations, eight Gramophone Magazine Awards and the Gramophone 'Gold Disc' Award in 2008 for best recording in the last 30 years.

Mr. Hough has composed works for orchestra, choir, chamber ensemble, and solo piano. His Mass of Innocence and Experience and Missa Mirabilis were respectively commissioned by and performed at London's Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral. Mr. Hough is also the featured artist in an iPad app on the Liszt Piano Sonata, which includes a fully-filmed performance, released by Touch Press.

Mr. Hough has regularly contributed articles for The Guardian, The Times, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine and was invited by The Telegraph in London to start a blog that has become one of the most popular forums for cultural discussion. Mr. Hough resides in London and is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at his alma mater, the Royal Northern College in Manchester.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

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GLASS
Messiah SoundbiteSymphony No. 3
MOZART
Messiah SoundbiteRequiem, K. 626 Greenwich Choral Society
     with Rachel Rosales, Soprano
     Teresa Bucholz, Alto
     Rufus Mueller, Tenor
     Mischa Bouvier, Bass
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The Greenwich Choral Society was founded on October 11, 1924. Today, it is led by, Music Director and Conductor, Paul F. Mueller. The Greenwich Choral Society is a not-for-profit membership-based organization primarily serving Fairfield (CT) and Westchester (NY) counties, dedicated to excellence in the presentation of choral music.

The chorus has a long history of performing great choral works not only locally but also internationally. The chorus has performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and Greenwich Festival in England to mark the American Bicentennial in 1976. The Choral Society returned to England in 1985, with performances at Aldeburgh, in London, and at various cathedrals. Other summer tours have included trips to the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy and France.

In past years, the Choral Society has performed in New York City at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Carnegie Hall, St. Thomas Church, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The Choral Society has also performed several times with the Greenwich Symphony, New Haven Symphony, New Haven Chorale, and Stamford Symphony, as well as at the Ives Festival in Danbury.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm

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C.P.E. BACH
Messiah SoundbiteSymphony in F Major, H. 665
BRAHMS
Messiah SoundbitePiano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, op. 15
    Hélène Grimaud, piano
BEETHOVEN
Messiah SoundbiteSymphony No. 3 in E-flat minor, op. 55 Eroica
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Tim Fain Video

One of the most celebrated pianists of our time, Hélène Grimaud is also a highly respected wildlife conservationist, human rights activist and author. Accepted into the Paris Conservatoire at just 13, Grimaud won first prize in piano performance three years later. She studied with György Sándor and Leon Fleisher until 1987 when she made her Tokyo recital debut and was then invited by Daniel Barenboim to perform with the Orchestre de Paris.

Between her debuts in 1995 with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Claudio Abbado and with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur in 1999 - Grimaud made a wholly different kind of debut: in upper New York State she established the Wolf Conservation Center.

Her 2014 calendar includes performances with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre Métropolitan du Grand Montréal and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. In September, Hélène will begin her recital tour with a program inspired by Water. The year ends with a collaborative project at The Park Avenue Armory in New York with the visual artist Douglas Gordon - 'tears become&8230;streams become…'.

An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2002, Grimaud is the first woman of the 21st century to record the two Brahms Piano Concertos. The 2013 CD was recorded with Andris Nelsons conducting the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic.

For most people, establishing and running an environmental organization or having a flourishing career as a musician would be accomplishment enough. Yet, remarkably, Hélène Grimaud has also found time to pursue writing. Her first book, Variations Sauvages, was published in French in 2003 and subsequently translated into English, Japanese, Dutch and German. Her second book, Leçons particulières, which is part novel and part autobiography, followed in 2005. Most recently she published Retour à Salem, also a semi-autobiographical novel, which was released in French in October 2013.

Grimaud's deep dedication to her musical career, both in performances and recordings, is reflected and reciprocally amplified by the scope and depth of her environmental and literary pursuits.

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Special Performances

Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm

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Program TBA

Garrick Ohlsson Video

Garrick Ohlsson, pianist, was winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, and since then, has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Mr. Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature. A student of the late Claudio Arrau, Mr. Ohlsson has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. To date he has at his command more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century, many commissioned for him.

Mr. Ohlsson has recently performed recitals in Montreal, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Kansas City, and New York City's Carnegie Hall. Performances outside North America include Sweden, Brazil, China, Japan, France, England, Italy in addition to a Dvořák project with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Ivan Fischer. His recent orchestral appearances include the Boston Symphony, orchestras of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and Cleveland, Chicago, Dallas and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Ohlsson has collaborated with the Cleveland, Emerson, Takács and Tokyo string quartets, among other ensembles. Together with violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist Michael Grebanier, he is a founding member of the San Francisco-based FOG Trio.

Mr. Ohlsson can be heard on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc, and Virgin Classics labels. His ten-disc set of the complete Beethoven sonatas, for Bridge Records, has garnered critical acclaim, including a GRAMMY for Vol. 3. The latest CDs in his ongoing association with Bridge Records are "Close Connections," a recital of 20th-Century pieces, and two CDs of works by Liszt.

A native of White Plains, N.Y., Garrick Ohlsson began his piano studies at the age of 8, at the Westchester Conservatory of Music; at 13 he entered The Juilliard School, in New York City. Although he won First Prizes at the 1966 Busoni Competition in Italy and the 1968 Montréal Piano Competition, it was his 1970 triumph at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, where he won the Gold Medal (and remains the single American to have done so), that brought him worldwide recognition as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Mr. Ohlsson was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994 and received the 1998 University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, MI. He is also the 2014 recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. He makes his home in San Francisco.

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