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Leila Josefwicz in Recital

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Leila Josefowicz in Recital

Saturday, November 11, 2017 7:30 PM

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts

Renowned violinist and new music advocate Leila Josefowicz makes her exciting Fortas debut! Frequent collaborator John Novacek joins her for a program that truly shows the range of musical emotion, from one of Prokofiev's darkest and most brooding works, to an ethereal and lively contemporary work by Kaija Saariaho.

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Renowned violinist and new music advocate Leila Josefowicz makes her exciting Fortas debut with an evening filled with ravishing compositions and exalted sound. As an Avery Fisher Prize winner and MacArthur Fellow, Leila has been making waves in the music world, especially in light of her enthusiasm for contemporary works for violin. Frequent collaborator John Novacek joins her for a program that truly shows the range of musical emotion, from one of Sergei Prokofiev's darkest and most brooding works, to an ethereal and lively contemporary work by Kaija Saariaho.

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Notes from Joseph "Yossi" Kalichstein, Artistic Director of Fortas
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Leila Josefowicz offers us a fascinating journey through the entire 20th century, beginning with its dawning, still enveloped in a cloak of Romanticism (as seen in the works of Mahler and Sibelius), and ending with the unique sounds of Saariaho, nearly a hundred years later. Two major works from the middle of the century, Prokofiev's F minor sonata--one of the most powerful and touching pieces in the violin/piano repertoire--and Zimmermann's sonata for solo violin, form the bulk of the evening.

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Program & Notes

Composer
Piece
Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Valse Triste
--arranged by Friedrich Hermann
Adagietto (from Symphony No. 5)
--arranged by Rober Wittinger
Kaija Saariaho