Above: New York Voices, the Grammy-winning jazz ensemble, will perform Jan. 20
Four Seasons to play 'Ghost' trio
hree piano quartets, including an early 20th century work by English composer Frank Bridge, highlight the second concert in this year’s Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival
, with performances on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. at A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall.
Joining artistic director and violinist Ara Gregorian
for concerts will be ECU faculty member and pianist Benjamin Hochman
, violist Maria Lambros
and cellist Amit Peled
. The latter two are faculty at the Peabody Conservatory. Other works on the program are Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47, and Brahms’ Piano Quartet in C-minor, Op. 90.
A more intimate program is planned for Jan. 12 and 13, with two piano trios and a sonata for violin and piano. Gregorian will be joined by frequent Four Seasons guests Thomas Sauer, piano, and Colin Carr, cello, to perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D, Op. 70, No. 1, named the “Ghost” trio, and Shostakovich’s Piano Trio in E-minor, Op. 67. Gregorian and Sauer will perform Brahms’ Sonata for Violin and Piano and A, Op. 100.
The second of two “Next Generation” concerts is scheduled for Jan. 22, when the featured guest artist will be cellist Michael Kannen (right), director of chamber music at the Peabody Conservatory. The concerts are played by ECU string and keyboard faculty members, current ECU string students, a guest artist and at least one ECU music school graduate.
S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series
The 50th anniversary season of the arts series continues with performances by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. Now directed by Ben Jaffe, son of the band’s co-founders, Preservation Hall comes to ECU after appearances this season in London and Lincoln Center in New York.
Other concerts in the performing arts series include New York Voices, a Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble renowned for their excellence in jazz and the art of group singing, which will appear on Jan. 20. The quartet performs music with jazz, rhythm and blues, Brazilian, classical and pop influences.
Jazz instrumentalist Chris Botti (right), whose four No. 1 albums have earned several Grammy Awards, will appear on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. He has performed with Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon, among others, as well as at the World Series and a Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.
The Family Fare series continues on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in McGinnis Theatre with Locomotion, a play based on the book by Jacqueline Woodson about an African American boy growing through sadness to hope. This will be a production of the Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences on Tour.
The ECU Loessin Playhouse offers Dance 2012, the annual extravaganza by School of Theatre and Dance students showcasing original choreography in ballet, modern, tap and jazz styles.
A guest artist will join the cast for the performances Jan. 26–31.
The playhouse next offers The Elephant Man, by Bernard Pomerance, on Feb. 23 and 24. All performances begin at 8 p.m.
-- Steve Rowe