Shanghai Quartet, Mark Peskanov, and Doris Stevenson perform works by Beethoven and Schubert, and a world premier by Daniel Ott
This Wednesday at 8 pm, mandolinist Carlo Aonzo and guitarist Rene Izquierdo play pieces by Filippo Gragnani, Raffaele Calace, Katsumi Nagaokoa, Bartolomeo Bortolazzi, Carlo Aonzo, Handel, and Enrico Marucelli. On Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 4 pm, the Shanghai Quartet with violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Doris Stevenson present pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, and the world premiere of Daniel Ott’s “Blue Water for Violin, Piano and String Quartet.”
Dear Music Lovers,
For me it all began in 1979 when I received a call to fly to Minnesota to play the Wieniawski second concerto on a days notice with conductor Leonard Slatkin. The few hours on the plane served as my debut in the sky where I had a very attentive audience as I vigorously practiced the concerto.
It was my debut with the Minnesota Symphony and my introduction to Maestro Slatkin. Over the years Leonard became a good friend and a major force in my musical development. In 1981 he invited me to do the world premiere of the John Williams violin concerto at Carnegie Hall with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the first recording at the Abbey Road Studios. This was especially thrilling for me to record in the same studio as the Beatles, since as a young boy their music made me want to explore a new freedom of expression. Leonard Slatkin continued to inspire me to investigate new music and new composers. He continues to be one of the greatest advocates for new music. There is nothing more exciting than to take a new musical work and to collaborate with the composer—I wish for every musician to experience this personal connection, particularly through the preparation and rehearsal, which creates an intimate and unique involvement with the music.
That is what will be taking place this weekend at Bargemusic. It is my pleasure to introduce to our audience a Bargemusic commissioned work by Daniel Ott. This is our sixth of six commissioned works awarded to us by the New York State Music Fund established by the New York State Attorney General.
I just want to say how excited, proud, and grateful we are to be part of this experience. Cheers to the six composers—Yotam Haber, Alexandra Du Bois, Dick Hyman, Russell Platt, Behzad Ranjbaran and Daniel Ott—who created such wonderful works, which I hope will be performed for many years to come. Some of these pieces I cannot wait to program again and again. Thank you to the New York State Music Fund for funding this project, and to the musicians who, with their great passion, commitment and dedication, brought those beautiful compositions to life.
Lots of Love,