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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: duo parnas with Ran Dank

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: duo parnas with Ran Dank

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 7:00 PM

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts

Works for piano trio by Pärt and Shostakovich bookend the program performed by duo parnas with Dank. The three artists are then featured in combination and separately in fiendishly difficult works by Bolcom, Liszt, and Janácek.

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duo parnas
Madalyn Parnas, violin, and Cicely Parnas, cello
with
Ran Dank
piano
 
"The duo parnas…gave the piece an electrifying reading, couching it in a lush tone and executing its complex interplay with pinpoint precision."
--The New York Times
"Dank played with impeccable technical surety…explosive force and triumphant exultation."
--The Washington Post
 
The supremely musical sisters of duo parnas, violinist Madalyn Parnas and cellist Cicely Parnas, make their Fortas debut. They were officially recognized in Carnegie Hall with a 1st prize win at the 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition. Graduates of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, they have performed across the globe in music festivals, recitals, and as soloists with orchestra and have earned international acclaim for their recordings.
 
Israeli pianist Ran Dank, also making his Fortas debut, deploys his brilliant technique with astonishing energy, intellect, and intensity, captivating audiences and critics alike. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Dank earned First Prize at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition and he is a laureate of the Naumburg and the Sydney International piano competitions.
 
Works for piano trio bookend the program performed by duo parnas with Dank. The opening is a salute to the Kennedy Center's Chamber Ensemble in Residence, as Arvo Pärt's Mozart-Adagio was commissioned for the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio; the closing work is Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor. The three artists are then featured in combination and separately in a gripping suite by Bolcom, a hidden gem of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies, and the deeply moving Janá?ek violin sonata.


Performance Timing: Part One - 38 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 34 min.