Yefim Bronfman Recital Highlights Friends of Music 2015-16 Concert Season

| by Robert Kimmel | 

Yafim-Bronfman-Friends-of-Music-PAGE-21Continuing its 62nd concert season, Friends of Music will be presenting five additional performances, with a recital by renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman highlighting the schedule which runs into the spring of 2016. The Emerson String Quartet opened the chamber music season on September 26th before an enthusiastic audience that heard a program including scores by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Brahms.

Praised the world over as a virtuoso musical artist, Bronfman will be performing two demanding works by Robert Schumann, and three piano sonatas by Sergei Prokofiev on November 7, 8 p.m., at Sleepy Hollow High School’s Kusel Auditorium, the stage for all of the Friends of Music concerts this season

Bronfman has received numerous honors, given recitals at concert halls around the world, and played with many top conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, James Levine and Zubin Mehta.

This month a new ensemble, the Montrose Trio, makes its Westchester debut at the Sleepy Hollow High School Auditorium. The trio is composed of two former members of the Tokyo String Quartet, violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith, joined by Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker. The October 24 performance will “…explore both traditional and new works in the piano trio repertoire,” with pieces by Beethoven, James Lee III, and Brahms.

The program next April 16 brings the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing string sextets by Richard Strauss, Antonin Dvorak, and Johannes Brahms. The group includes musicians familiar to Friends of Music audiences: violinist Ani Kavafian and cellist David Finkel.

Chinese Pianist Yun-Chin Zhou, the sixth recipient of the Friends of Music Concerts’ Performance Award, presents a program on April 30, 2016 that includes compositions by Haydn, Liszt, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff. Zhou, also the winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2013, will perform six songs by Charles Trenet transcribed for piano by Alexis Weissenberg.

Concluding the season, the talented Pacifica Quartet  – with its bold and energetic presentations, performs works by Mozart, Schnittke and Mendelssohn on May 14, 2016. The quartet is regarded as one of today’s finest ensembles, and is now in residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. It held a similar position at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2009 to 2012 and won a Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Chamber Music Performance.

Ticket information and availability can be found at www.friendsofmusicconcerts.org, or by calling 914-861-5080. Single tickets to individual concerts are $30. Students age 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Ticket orders can be mailed with a check to Friends of Music Concerts, P.O. Box 675, Millwood, NY, 10546.

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