April 20, 2015 (New York, NY) – On April 27th Tertulia Chamber Music
features the “brilliant” (New York Times
) flutist Tara Helen O’Connor
alongside the engaging young cellist Mihai Marica
and the ever-creative piano “virtuoso with formidable fingers” (Financial Times
) Pedja Muzijevic
. The dramatic program is bookended by two of the great flute works of the 20th
Century – Prokofiev’s virtuosic Flute Sonata,
and George Crumb’s compelling “Vox Balaenae” (Voice of the Whale)
for an amplified ensemble of masked flutist, cellist and pianist. In between, the marvelous solo cello Sonata of Gyorgy Ligeti, and Liszt’s sumptuous transcription of “Isolde’s Liebestod” of Wagner. Complete program is below.
’s Tertulia at Harding’s NYC includes: Cocktails and Amuse-Bouche, Main Course and Dessert, intertwined with the evening’s music program, and a “Mingle and Meet” with the musicians to follow.
Tertulia is not your typical classical music presenter. Established in 2011 by Artistic Director Julia Villagra, Tertulia is a chamber music series that is designed to attract new and experienced audiences alike, or really, anyone who loves incredible food and music. Part concert, part dinner party Tertulia presents world-class chamber music concerts in critically acclaimed restaurants in and around New York City. The format and program is designed to enhance the social and culinary experience, but at all Tertulias, the music is paramount. Executed in a dynamic, casual format - between three performance sets, the audience socializes over dinner and drinks - Tertulia audiences still adhere to a concert-like set of rules: there is absolutely no talking or moving around and restaurant service is suspended, during performances. In its 2014-2015 season
, Tertulia welcomes celebrated artists and ensembles including; The Dover Quartet, harpist Bridget Kibbey, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, the Jasper String Quartet, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, the Tesla Quartet and more. www.tertulianyc.org
About Tara Helen O’Connor
Tara Helen O’Connor
is a charismatic performer noted for her artistic depth, brilliant technique, and colorful tone spanning every musical era. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a two-time Grammy nominee, she was the first wind player to participate in the CMS Two program. A Wm. S. Haynes flute artist, she is a regular participant in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, Mainly Mozart, Spoleto USA, Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, the Banff Centre, Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival, and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. She is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning New Millennium Ensemble, a member of the woodwind quintet Windscape and the Bach Aria Group. She has appeared on A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts
and Live from Lincoln Center
. She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, Koch International, and Bridge Records. Dr. O'Connor is the Area Head of the Wind Department at Purchase College School of the Arts Conservatory of Music and is the Chair of Classical Music Studies. Additionally she is on the faculty of Bard College Conservatory and the contemporary program at Manhattan School of Music. Her yearly summer flute master class at the Banff Centre in Canada is legendary.
About Mihai Marica
Romanian-born cellist Mihai Marica is a First Prize winner of the “Dr. Luis Sigall” International Competition in Viña del Mar, Chile and the Irving M. Klein International Competition, and is a recipient of Charlotte White’s Salon de Virtuosi Fellowship Grant. He has performed with orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of Chile, Xalapa Symphony in Mexico, the Hermitage State Orchestra of St. Petersburg in Russia, the Jardins Musicaux Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Santa Cruz Symphony in the US. He also appeared in recital performances in Austria, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Holland, South Korea, Japan, Chile, the United States, and Canada. A dedicated chamber musician, he has appeared at the Chamber Music Northwest, Norfolk, and Aspen music festivals among others where he has collaborated with such artists as Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin, André Watts, and Edgar Meyer, and he is a member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet. Mr. Marica studied with Gabriela Todor in his native Romania and with Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music where he was awarded the Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees. He is a member of Chamber Music Society Two and his three-year residency is supported by The Winston Foundation.
About Pedja Muzijevic
Hailed by critics as a ‘thinking’ musician with engaging stage presence and a gratifying combination of virtuosity and eloquence, pianist Pedja Muzijevic has defined his 36 year career with creative programming, unusual combinations of new and old music, and lasting collaborations with other artists and ensembles. The London Financial Times eloquently sums him up as “a virtuoso with formidable fingers and a musician with fiercely original ideas about the music he plays.” His many festival engagements encompass, among others, performances at Tanglewood, Spoleto USA, Mostly Mozart, Newport, OK Mozart, Bridgehampton, Bay Chamber Concerts, San Miguel de Allende, Aldeburgh, Lucerne, Holland, Melbourne, Aix-en-Provence, Dubrovnik, Merano and Bratislava Festivals. Mr. Muzijevic’s solo recording entitled Sonatas and Other Interludes
is available on Albany Records. It juxtaposes music for prepared piano by John Cage with composers ranging from W. F. Bach and D. Scarlatti to F. Liszt and R. Schumann. His discography also includes, besides his Carnegie Hall concerto debut, two CDs on fortepianos – a Schumann Salon and Mozart and Beethoven Quintets for piano and woodwinds.
FOR CALENDAR/LISTINGS EDITORS:
Monday April 27th 7 PM
Harding’s NYC, 32 East 21st
Tertulia Chamber Music Presents: Tara Helen O’Connor, Mihai Marica and Pedja Muzijevic
*Itinerary (program includes 50-60 minutes of music)*
Cocktails & Amuse-Bouche
PROKOFIEV Flute Sonata
LIGETI Sonata for Solo Cello
LISZT/WAGNER Isolde’s Liebestod
CRUMB Voice of the Whale