Archive for October, 2008

Two and a Half Months Later

Monday, October 6th, 2008

On Friday at 8pm, the “Here and Now: American Contemporary Music Series” continues with The iO Quartet, The 85th St. Wind Quintet and guest pianist Marc Peloquin playing works by David Shohl. On Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 4pm, violinist Mayumi Fujikawa, cellist Richard Markson and pianist Gerald Robbins play works by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.

Dear Music Lovers,

Two and a half months and fifty concerts later: I want express my great gratitude to all of you who come to our concerts, to all the musicians who open their gifts to you on our stage, and to the generosity of the press. Between all of you, you have generated great energy that propelled us rapidly yet gently through the second half of our summer calendar and into the fall.

During that time, Steven Beck successfully completed his Beethoven-a-thon (performing all 32 piano sonatas—see review here). We finally found the appropriate size tympani for the Manhattan Symphonee so they could fit through our back door (see “Shimmering Technique & Sound” for the New York Sun review of their performance). Congratulations to pianist David Holzman in his Bargemusic recital debut on August 1st (see New York Times review, “Floating, Personalizing and Performing”), as well as to our composers and performers during our unforgettable Labor Day Music Festival (see New York Times review here).  How about the challenging programs by the Amarnet, Voxare, and Zukovsky String Quartets (see reviews here and here), the Mozart clarinet quintet with Alexander Fiterstein, the Real Quiet Trio (see review in the New York Times here), and the special treat for me: playing the Brahms sextet on viola with wonderful cellist David Sawyer and the Shangai Quartet. Wow!

This Friday I’d like to invite you to David Shohl’s show in our Here and Now: Contemporary American Music series. You can tell how well he is liked just by seeing how many fine musicians are coming to play his compositions. This Saturday and Sunday a good colleague and most gifted musician Gerald Robbins is coming with two of his colleagues from the UK (from Gerald’s London years, where he performed extensively with the great Nathan Millstein, in addition to his many solo engagements). One of their pieces on the program is a Tchaikovsky Piano Trio, which is a very appropriate choice since the violinist, Mayumi Fujikawa, is a top winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition.

I am looking forward to seeing you, Dear Music Lovers, at the Barge!

Lots of Love,
Mark Peskanov