This groupmuse happened on Sunday, January 31, at 8:00 PM EST.

This is a Groupmuse Virtual Premiere

An online debut of exceptionally crafted pre-recorded content, coupled with musician + audience videochat.

Music at the Crossroads
Virtual Premiere

Music at the Crossroads

New York

Sun, January 31, 2021 8:00 PM, EST

100 spots total at this groupmuse
Drinking policy
Bring your own drinks

Cellist Andrew Janss and pianist Audrey Vardanega explore a program of works for cello and piano including Debussy’s whimsical and lush Cello Sonata, a new commission by Milad Yousufi, “I Cried…,” in addition to works by Webern and Machaut. Andrew and Audrey curated this program as a musical exploration of times of poor visibility or uncertainty, where music provides a structure for coping, surviving and making meaning out of the unknown.


Audrey Vardanega Classical Pianist
Andrew Janss Cello

Webern Cello Sonata
New Commission by Milad Yousufi, 'I Cried...'
Debussy Cello Sonata
Machaut Arrangement for Solo Cello
Webern Cello Sonata (x2)

About the Artists:

Andrew Janns

Hailed by the New York Times for his "muscularity and shimmering lyricism", "insightful musicianship", and "sumptuous elegance”, cellist Andrew Janss' performances have been enjoyed across five continents in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Sydney Opera House, and the Louvre.

Mr. Janss is the co-Artistic Director for Project: Music Heals Us, a non-profit organization that presents interactive classical music performances to diverse audiences by artists of the highest caliber in order to provide encouragement, education, and healing, with a focus on elderly, disabled, rehabilitating, incarcerated, and homeless populations.

Mr. Janss has collaborated in concert with a long list of iconic classical artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, as well as chart-topping performers such as Lana Del Rey, Mary J. Blige, Estelle, Florence + the Machine, Erykah Badu, Kurt Elling, and The Roots. The performance of his arrangement of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon for singer and string quartet at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles was attended by over 5,000 people, to rave reviews.

Janss is cellist of the acclaimed Solera Quartet, winners of the 2017 Pro Musicis International award. Previously, Mr. Janss was the founding cellist of the Escher Quartet, one of the most highly acclaimed string quartets of its generation. The Escher Quartet was in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as part of Chamber Music Society Two from 2007-10.

He has served as Guest Principal Cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and tours extensively with the Mark Morris Dance Group. Highlight performances with the company have included premieres of new choreography in Boston, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Miami, New Orleans, and internationally in China, Italy, and Australia.

Andrew also tours and records for the groundbreaking cello rock band Break of Reality both in the United States and as cultural ambassadors for the US Department of State. Recent tours through American Music Abroad have taken the band to Eastern and Central Asia, Haiti, and Brazil, collaborating with local musicians and composers in each country they visit.

Audrey Vardanega

Praised as a “[musically] eloquent” (San Francisco Classical Voice) player “with the kind of freedom, authority, and strength…that one expects from the world’s finest pianists” and a “bewitching musical presence” (The Piedmont Post), American pianist Audrey Vardanega has performed as a solo and collaborative pianist across Europe, China, and the United States. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Musaics of the Bay, a nonprofit chamber music series dedicated to music mentorship in the Bay Area.

Audrey has been featured as a solo and chamber musician at the Hangzhou Grand Theater, Festival Napa Valley, the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, the Teatro del Libertador San Martín in Córdoba, Argentina, the Bilbao Conservatorio de Musica, San Francisco’s Old First Concerts Series, San Francisco’s Herbst Theater, the Berkeley Crowden School's "Sundays at 4" Concert Series, Festival del Sole Napa Valley, Rockefeller University’s Tri-Institutional Noon Concerts Series, the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, and the Berkeley Hillside Club Concert Series. Festival appearances include the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, IMS Prussia Cove, and the Carnegie Hall Workshops.

She has received instruction from artists including Leon Fleisher, Thomas Adés, Gidon Kremer, Robert Levin, Miriam Fried, and Jonathan Biss. She currently studies piano with Richard Goode. Audrey lives in Berkeley, CA and New York City; she enjoys cooking and spending time with her shih-tzu and morkie, Romeo and Bear.


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Carla Skodinski, almost 2 years ago

I am sorry to say that I can only stay until 9. I am looking forward to hearing the program.


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Sheri Richardson
Diane Bloom
Howard Schranz
Lori Kaplan
Monika Pauli
Sakura Kuo
Ruth Schoenbach
Kristine Lessard
David Harris
Emily Weiskopf
Mary Jackson
Judy Agata
Douglas Kohn
Penny Pettis
Joshua Mirôn
Sasha Fang
Rachel Denzer
Anne Russell
Karina Epperlein
Jacob Picheny
Kyla Henriksen
Stephanie Beroes
Lisa Liu
Kent Clay
Larry Leive
David Borden
Randy Borden
Nancy Jacobsen
Daniel Kohne
Suzanne Scollon
Rich Moskowitz
Tess Wilkoff
Marney Weaver
Marvin Salles
Debra Smith
Elana Smith
Gail Bauser
Brenda L Bloodgood
Max Tan
Rebecca Sayles
Steve Zolno
Lisa lawley
Carla Skodinski
Barbara Bach
Elizabeth Vagenas
Joy Getzenberg
Sarah Jane Horton
Kyle Schmolze
Vivian Nelson
Ann Van Dyke
Murray Cohen
Regina Compton
Martin Bunis
Hugh Hendrickson
Sarah Armstrong
Meina Xu
Trish Trish W Marx
Julie Stokstad
Elaine Bernstein
Joe Sixta
Anne Gray
Linda Hoddy
Sarah Cahill
Saralee M. Baldwin
Sharona Barzilay
Ron Bogley
Margot Harrison
Lawrence London