Close Encounters With Music
Alexander Shtarkman, piano
Yehuda Hanani, cello
Close Encounters With Music is an enriching concert experience that brings together sublime chamber music, distinguished performers and insightful commentary. Artistic Director and cellist Yehuda Hanani introduces each program from the stage, placing the composers’ works and their times in perspective.
Hanani and pianist Alexander Shtarkman collaborate in a program rich in Russian lore, slavic emotionalism, sparkling wit, Soviet-era sarcasm and bravura virtuosity. Featured are the cello-and-piano sonatas of Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) and Serge Prokofiev (1891-1953), plus the dazzling solo-piano version of Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971). Stravinsky originally conceived of Petrushka as a concert piece for piano and orchestra, in which the title character, a puppet from Russian legend, was brought to life. The idea and the music evolved into a ballet for the fabled Ballets Russes in 1911. Only later did Stravinsky arrange the music for solo piano, dedicating it to the great Artur Rubinstein.
Anita and Sergio Baranovsky
Naomi Caras-Miller and Alvin Miller
Alan and Linda Englander
Deborah and Richard Felder