UPCA celebrates the United Palace’s new surround sound system by screening one of cinema’s greatest achievements in sound. Pre-show entertainment will include a demonstration of the Palace’s new surround sound system and a short presentation about the history of sound in movies.
“Movies at the Palace” take place at the stunning United Palace, formerly the Loew’s 175th Street Theatre that first opened as a deluxe movie theatre and vaudeville house in 1930. We honor that past while reinventing the movie-going experience by pairing classic titles with pre-show entertainment and expert Q&A’s. The year-long series of “Movies that Reawaken Wonder” celebrates both the Palace’s past as a Wonder Theatre and recent cinematic rebirth, including Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2016 donation of a DCP projector.
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
Widely known as “superheroes of the new music world” (The Boston Globe), the JACK Quartet returns to the Neighborhood Concert series. With its “impeccable musicianship” and “take-no-prisoners sense of commitment” (The Washington Post), the ensemble has embarked on thrilling exploratory collaborations with such composers as Steve Reich and John Luther Adams. Among its many prizes are New Music USA’s prestigious Trailblazer Award and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. The JACK Quartet regularly performs at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, and other noteworthy venues.
·· Christopher Otto, Violin
·· Austin Wulliman, Violin
·· John Pickford Richards, Viola
·· Jay Campbell, Cello
About Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts
Carnegie Hall celebrates more than 40 years of partnering with local community organizations to present free Neighborhood Concerts featuring outstanding main-stage artists as well as exciting rising stars of classical, jazz, and world music. These performances tap into the pulse of diverse communities across New York City and bring local residents together to share in the joy of music.