New York Festival “FOCUS!” Presents Alfred Schnittke and His World

In honour of Alfred Schnittke, born on 24 November 1934 in Engels in the former Volga German Republic and who would have turned 80 this year, the renowned Juilliard School in New York is organising a festival from 24 to 31 January 2014 that is intended to shed light on the oeuvre of this composer from various points of view and as reflected by his contemporaries. During the course of the festival “FOCUS!”, a total of six concerts will take place at Peter Jay Sharp Theater of the Juilliard School, presenting a cross-section of the production of the German-Russian composer who died in 1998 as well as works of the composer colleagues bound to him in friendship: Sofia Gubaidulina, Giya Kancheli and Arvo Pärt.

The highlight of the festivals will be the final concert on 31 January 2014, at which Schnittke’s Symphony No. 8 will be given its American premiere. The Juilliard School Orchestra will perform under the direction of Anne Manson. Schnittke’s 8th Symphony received its world premiere in Stockholm on 10 November 1994 performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Gennady Rozhdestvensky.

Overview of concerts with works from the Sikorski catalogues:

24 January 2014
Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 8 PM
Alfred Schnittke: Symphony No. 4
Giya Kancheli: “Midday Prayers” for solo clarinet, boy soprano and chamber orchestra
New Juilliard Ensemble, Joel Sachs (direction)

27 January 2014
Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 8 PM
Alfred Schnittke: “Schall und Hall” for trombone and organ
Peter Steiner (trombone), Colin MacKnight (organ)
Alfred Schnittke: Epilogue from the ballet “Peer Gynt” for violoncello, piano and tape
Khari Joyner (violoncello), Martha Mingle (piano)
Sofia Gubaidulina: Duo Sonata for two bassoons
Joshua J. Sechan, Remy Taghavi (bassoons)
Giya Kancheli: “Chiaroscuro” for string quartet
Rebecca Yip, Tzu-Ti Chang (violins), Ai-Ching Huang (viola), Seth Biagini (violoncello)

28 January 2014
Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 8 PM (pre-concert discussion, 7 PM)
Alfred Schnittke: “Five Aphorisms“ for piano
Han Chen (piano)
Alfred Schnittke: “Quasi una Sonata” for violin and chamber orchestra
Siwoo Kim (violin), New Juilliard Ensemble
Alfred Schnittke: Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano
Siwoo Kim (violin), Jiayan Sun (piano)
Sofia Gubaidulina: “In Croce” for violoncello and organ
Branson Yeast (violoncello), Gregory Zelek (organ)
Giya Kancheli: “Caris mere” for soprano and viola
Naomi O’Connell (soprano), Alexander Knecht (viola)
Arvo Pärt: “Variations for the Recuperation of Arinushka“ for piano
Yoshiaki Ko (piano)

29 January 2014
Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 8 PM
Alfred Schnittke: Piano Sonata No. 3
Giuseppe Mentuccia (piano)
Alfred Schnittke: Serenade for clarinet, violin, double bass, piano and percussion
Lucia Nowik (violin), Zachary Hann (clarinet), Malgorzata Goroszewska (piano), Jordan Calixto (double bass), Sae Hashimoto (percussion)
Sofia Gubaidulina: String Quartet No. 4
Mariella Haubs, Philip Zuckerman (violins), Stephanie Block (viola), Keiran Campbell (violoncello)
Giya Kancheli: “Time…and again” for violin and piano
Julia Glenn (violin), Ari Livne (piano)

30 January 2014
Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 8 PM
Alfred Schnittke: “Hommage á Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich” for piano six-hands
David Aladashvili, Peter Dugan, Dan K. Kurland (pianists)
Alfred Schnittke: String Quartet No. 4
Wyatt Underhill, Ravenna Lipchik (violins), Hannah Ji (viola), HyungSuk Bae (violoncello)
Sofia Gubaidulina: Trio for three trumpets
Tristan Clarke, Samuel Jones, Aaron Plourde (trumpets)

31 January 2014
Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 8 PM
Alfred Schnittke: Symphony No. 8 (American premiere)
Juilliard School Orchestra
Sofia Gubaidulina: Fairytale Poem for orchestra
Juilliard School Orchestra
Giya Kancheli: “And farewell goes out sighing…” for violin, countertenor and orchestra
John Holiday (countertenor), Ken Hamao (violin)
Juilliard School Orchestra, Anne Manson (direction)

 

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