Join us for our season finale, featuring Jennifer Higdon’s furiously virtousic opener, “Machine,” and a concerto by our Young Artist Competition winner. The season closes with Brahms’ timeless and profound second symphony. The concert is followed by a post-concert reception for Friends of WHCO.
Cellist James Waldo (USA), and Pianist Alyona Aksyonova (Russia) comprise the versatile cello-piano team A.W. Duo. Active since 2009, the duo is currently based in Madison, Wisconsin after working in uptown Manhattan for many years. In 2017, A.W.Duo completed a ten-concert tour of China, and they have been honored with invitations to various chamber music series around the country, including the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival in Western North Carolina and Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. The duo has participated in numerous radio live broadcasts around the United States, and has appeared at such revered New York City venues as Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Consulate Generale of Poland. Last season, the duo presented the complete works for piano and cello by Beethoven in a series of performances in New York City and South Carolina. The duo recently participated in Japanese composer Ayumi Okada’s premiere recording, “Here, Where the Land Ends and the Sea Begins,” and has also independently released a recording of of the Rachmaninoff sonata for cello and piano. James and Alyona are core members of the Listen Closely Inwood Chamber Music Initiative. You can read more about the duo, find bios for James and Alyona, and hear recordings at the duo’s website, awduo.com.
Poulenc: Sonata for cello and piano
and other 20th century works for the same instrumentation
·· Alyona Aksyonova, piano
·· James Waldo, cello
The uptown community comes together again to present new and old works in downtown style. Join us in a casual cabaret setting with snacks and a cash bar. The highlight of the program will be an exciting world premiere for violin and piano by composer/violinist ANDY DIDORENKO, who will perform the work with pianist YULIYA BASIS. The program will also feature new works by AARON JAY KERNIS and JEFFREY KAUFMAN, as well as more classical works by Bach, Chopin and others.
WHCO concertmaster Regi Papa and principal cellist Ben Capps join pianist Konstantine Valianatos to form the Olympus Trio, performing works by Dvořák and Brahms. Presented by The Bizzarro Agency.