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Through Witraż (stained glass window): Music for Violin & Piano

Murray Hill

Wed, April 5, 2023 7:00 PM, EDT

3 of 25 spots still available
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COVID vaccination required (honor system)
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COVID testing not required
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A live concert in a living room, backyard, or another intimate space. They're casual and friendly, hosted by community members.


Brandon J. Superhost

This is a no-shoes home, so please feel free to rock your favorite socks. Light snacks and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be provided.

Please join for a musical evening featuring Amsterdam-based Shannon Lee and New Haven-based pianist Arseniy Gusev.

Shannon Lee has been praised for her “remarkable fire, impeccable intonation, and big, vibrant tone” (Gramophone). She has won prizes in several international competitions, such as top prize and audience award at the Sendai Competition in Japan, 4th prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, co-winner in the 2020 Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition, 2nd place at the Naumburg Competition in New York City, and Laureate/Ysaÿe Sonata prize at the Indianapolis Competition. She has appeared as soloist with the Tokyo Symphony, Antwerp Symphony, Belgian National Orchestra, and New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

Arseniy Gusev, a young pianist and composer born in St. Petersburg in 1998, has been studying music since the age of five. He is a graduate of the Specialized Music School of the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory, and afterwards studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In 2018, he moved to the US, and in 2022, received his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and now continues his studies at Yale University. Arseniy is a laureate of many prestigious competitions, such as the Dorothy McKenzie Artist Award, Cleveland Piano Virtu(al)oso Competition, Singapore International Piano Competition, Three Arts Piano Competition, Cleveland Composers Guild Contest, “Another Space” Composition Competition, International Gavrilin Competition, International Competition "Performer-Composer", and others.

What's the music?

Karol Szymanowski: Mythes, La fontaine d’Arethuse
Béla Bartók: Sonata No. 1
Boris Lyatoshynsky arr. Gusev: Reflections, op.16 N.5-Come di lontananza
Bohuslav Martinů: Impromptu
Grażyna Bacewicz: Cradle Song and Stained-Glass Window
Igor Stravinsky: Duo Concertante

This program is structured around two major works - the first Béla Bartók sonata, and the Duo Concertante by Igor Stravinsky - and inspired by a short piece of Grażyna Bacewicz entitled, “Witraz,” which means “stained-glass window.”

Filled with pieces written in Eastern Europe around one hundred years ago, during a period in between the two world wars, the idea of stained glass is reflected in the smaller works that are connected to the Bartók and Stravinsky in many ways. For instance, the Duo Concertante is inspired by Greek lyric poetry, and the Fontaine d’Arethuse by Karol Szymanowski follows the myth of the nymph Arethusa and the river god Alpheus. The neoclassicism of Bohuslav Martinů's Impromptu acts as a playful counterpart to the Stravinsky.

Similarly to how broken pieces of glass can be made into a new work of art, these pieces of music were created out of the shattering impacts of war on the composers’ lives. Arseniy also wrote a transcription for us of a short piano piece by Boris Lyatoshynsky called Reflections.


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