METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

PARALLAX

Conor Hanick (“brilliant,” “effortlessly elegant”, NY Times) joins pianists Julia Hamos, Han Chen, and Erika Dohi to perform works by Kati Agócs, Robert Beaser, Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, Balázs Futó, Jocelyn Morlock, and Nicolas Namoradze, as part of Agócs’s A Stone’s Throw series and Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Festival.

Friday, March 29, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)
Tickets: $15 general / $10 students / free for members


Kati Agócs’s A Stone’s Throw series with Metropolis Ensemble with the spotlight on pianist Conor Hanick performing musical paraphrases. Agócs’s new work for solo piano (world premiere), a paraphrase of her own setting of a poem by Hungarian poet Szilárd Borbély from The Debrecen Passion, will have its New York premiere. This piece was commissioned by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra as a competition piece for the Iowa Piano Competition. A selection of solo piano Etudes by Nicolas Namoradze; Antithesis by fellow Hungarian Balázs Futó; aphoristic dialogues with the Paganini Caprices by Robert Beaser and Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade; and the U.S. premiere of Petrichor, a violin-piano duet based on J.S. Bach by Canadian Jocelyn Morlock, create a colloquy with Agócs’s Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, itself a dialogue with Bach’s ground bass forms. Also featured in this program: violinist Katie Hyun, clarinetist Bixby Kennedy, and cellist Mariel Roberts.

PROGRAM:
Balázs Futó: Antithesis for clarinet and piano (U.S. Premiere)
Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade: Devil’s Minion for solo violin
Robert Beaser: Pag-Rag for solo piano
Nicolas Namoradze: Piano Etudes (selection) for solo piano
Kati Agócs: Whole World (for Szilárd Borbély) (World Premiere) for solo piano
Jocelyn Morlock: Petrichor for violin and piano (NYC Premiere)
Kati Agócs: Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano


 
 

BLUEPRINTS unites pianists from different musical genres for eclectic concerts that present traditional classical music alongside contemporary works (including premieres), jazz and free improvisation. Co-founded by Daniel Anastasio and Erika Dohi, these unusually varied programs are each inspired by an aesthetic theme or blueprint. In Visible Roads, co-created with Metropolis Ensemblerepresents its first major artistic collaboration with another performing organization, with the goal of enriching the community of pianists, composers, and instrumentalists alike through creating and fostering new collaborative relationships.

Yamaha CF6 premium grand piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services New York.

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