Israeli Chamber Project
Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3:00PM
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium

This dynamic ensemble makes its Four Arts debut with a program that honors Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year and contrasts his early development with that of another titan — Béla Bartók. In his Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11 and String Quintet Op. 4, Beethoven is revealed as fully confident and in command of his muscular style, while Bartók’s Piano Quintet in C Major, Op. 4 looks back to a more opulent, romantic language that only hints at the modernist he would become.

Emergence of Genius: Beethoven and Bartok in their 20s.
To honor Beethoven’s 250th birthday year, two of his most dynamic early works are featured side-by-side and paired with a later revolutionary voice, in Bartok’s epic Piano Quintet. Through these works the twenty-something-year-old Beethoven is revealed as fully confident and in command of his muscular style, while Bartok looks back to a more opulent, romantic language that only hints at the modernist he would become.

Beethoven Clarinet Trio in B flat Major, Op. 11
Allegro con brio
Adagio
Tema con variazioni: Allegretto


Beethoven Wind Octet Op. 103/String Quintet Op. 4 (arranged by Mordechai Rechtman for clarinet & string quartet)
Allegro
Andante
Menuetto
Presto

Intermission

Bartok Piano Quintet in C Major, BB 33
Andante
Vivace. Scherzando
Adagio
Poco a poco più vivace

Daniel Bard & Carmit Zori; violins
Guy Ben-Ziony; viola
Michal Korman; cello
Tibi Cziger; clarinet

Assaff Weisman; piano

Founded in 2008, the Israeli Chamber Project brings together some of today’s most distinguished musicians for chamber music concerts and educational and outreach programs both in Israel and abroad. A dynamic ensemble comprising strings, winds, harp, and piano, the Israeli Chamber Project was named the winner of the 2011 Israeli Ministry of Culture Outstanding Ensemble Award and 2017 Partos Prize in recognition of its passionate musicianship, creative programming, and commitment to educational outreach. Based both in Israel and in New York, the ensemble was created as a means for its members to give something back to the community where they began their musical education and to showcase Israeli culture, through its music and musicians to concert goers overseas. Among its members are prize-winners at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Russia, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Gaspar Cassado Cello Competition.

The Israeli Chamber Project’s tours have garnered rave reviews (“The Israeli Chamber Project is that rarest of creatures: a band of world-class soloists that is not a muster of peacocks, but a hive mind in which egos dissolve and players think, breathe and play as one.” -Time Out New York) and established the ensemble as a major artistic force on both sides of the Atlantic. These tours include appearances on some of the premier chamber music series, whether in Jerusalem, New York, London, or Beijing, as well as in remote towns where access to live chamber music is extremely rare. Guest artists on recent ICP tours have included the Guarneri String Quartet’s Michael Tree and Peter Wiley, the Cleveland Orchestra’s Principal Flutist, Joshua Smith as well as international soloists Antje Weithaas and Liza Ferschtman.

A strong advocate for music education, the ICP has partnered with several conservatories and educational institutions in order to offer lessons and masterclasses to students of all cultural and economic backgrounds, many of whom have little or no opportunity to work with internationally recognized musicians.

An important part of the Israeli Chamber Project’s mission is to support emerging Israeli composers by commissioning works specifically for the ensemble. Among the composers commissioned so far are Matan Porat, Jonathan Keren, Gilad Cohen, Yohanan Chendler, Amit Gilutz, Zohar Sharon, as well as American composer Lowell Liebermann. The ensemble was selected to inaugurate Cornell University’s Steven Stucky Memorial Residency for New Music, a position it will hold through the 2020-21 season.

Event Info

This dynamic ensemble makes its Four Arts debut with a program that honors Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year and contrasts his early development with that of another titan — Béla Bartók. In his Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11 and String Quintet Op. 4, Beethoven is revealed as fully confident and in command of his muscular style, while Bartók’s Piano Quintet in C Major, Op. 4 looks back to a more opulent, romantic language that only hints at the modernist he would become.

Program Notes

Emergence of Genius: Beethoven and Bartok in their 20s.
To honor Beethoven’s 250th birthday year, two of his most dynamic early works are featured side-by-side and paired with a later revolutionary voice, in Bartok’s epic Piano Quintet. Through these works the twenty-something-year-old Beethoven is revealed as fully confident and in command of his muscular style, while Bartok looks back to a more opulent, romantic language that only hints at the modernist he would become.

Beethoven Clarinet Trio in B flat Major, Op. 11
Allegro con brio
Adagio
Tema con variazioni: Allegretto


Beethoven Wind Octet Op. 103/String Quintet Op. 4 (arranged by Mordechai Rechtman for clarinet & string quartet)
Allegro
Andante
Menuetto
Presto

Intermission

Bartok Piano Quintet in C Major, BB 33
Andante
Vivace. Scherzando
Adagio
Poco a poco più vivace

Daniel Bard & Carmit Zori; violins
Guy Ben-Ziony; viola
Michal Korman; cello
Tibi Cziger; clarinet

Assaff Weisman; piano

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Founded in 2008, the Israeli Chamber Project brings together some of today’s most distinguished musicians for chamber music concerts and educational and outreach programs both in Israel and abroad. A dynamic ensemble comprising strings, winds, harp, and piano, the Israeli Chamber Project was named the winner of the 2011 Israeli Ministry of Culture Outstanding Ensemble Award and 2017 Partos Prize in recognition of its passionate musicianship, creative programming, and commitment to educational outreach. Based both in Israel and in New York, the ensemble was created as a means for its members to give something back to the community where they began their musical education and to showcase Israeli culture, through its music and musicians to concert goers overseas. Among its members are prize-winners at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Russia, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Gaspar Cassado Cello Competition.

The Israeli Chamber Project’s tours have garnered rave reviews (“The Israeli Chamber Project is that rarest of creatures: a band of world-class soloists that is not a muster of peacocks, but a hive mind in which egos dissolve and players think, breathe and play as one.” -Time Out New York) and established the ensemble as a major artistic force on both sides of the Atlantic. These tours include appearances on some of the premier chamber music series, whether in Jerusalem, New York, London, or Beijing, as well as in remote towns where access to live chamber music is extremely rare. Guest artists on recent ICP tours have included the Guarneri String Quartet’s Michael Tree and Peter Wiley, the Cleveland Orchestra’s Principal Flutist, Joshua Smith as well as international soloists Antje Weithaas and Liza Ferschtman.

A strong advocate for music education, the ICP has partnered with several conservatories and educational institutions in order to offer lessons and masterclasses to students of all cultural and economic backgrounds, many of whom have little or no opportunity to work with internationally recognized musicians.

An important part of the Israeli Chamber Project’s mission is to support emerging Israeli composers by commissioning works specifically for the ensemble. Among the composers commissioned so far are Matan Porat, Jonathan Keren, Gilad Cohen, Yohanan Chendler, Amit Gilutz, Zohar Sharon, as well as American composer Lowell Liebermann. The ensemble was selected to inaugurate Cornell University’s Steven Stucky Memorial Residency for New Music, a position it will hold through the 2020-21 season.

TICKETS

Reserved Tickets:  $30
No charge to Four Arts Members

Tickets available:
January 15, 2020:
Chairman’s Forum and Benefactors Council members

January 29, 2020:
All Four Arts members

February 6, 2020:
Public

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