Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Make Music Chicago
Rush Hour Concerts
Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
St. James Cathedral
Woman's Athletic Club
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Akropolis Reed Quintet Tim Gocklin, Oboe Kari Landry, Clarinet Matt Landry, Saxophone Ryan Reynolds, Bassoon Andrew Koeppe, Bass Clarinet Splinter (11’) I. Scarlet Oak II. Sugar Maple IV. Black Ash VI. River Birch VII. Weeping Willow VIII. Red Pine Marc
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Akropolis Reed Quintet
Tim Gocklin, Oboe
Kari Landry, Clarinet
Matt Landry, Saxophone
Ryan Reynolds, Bassoon
Andrew Koeppe, Bass Clarinet
I. Scarlet Oak
II. Sugar Maple
IV. Black Ash
VI. River Birch
VII. Weeping Willow
VIII. Red Pine
Marc Mellits (b. 1966)
Look for Me (6’)
Nico Muhly (b. 1981)
An American in Paris (18’)
George Gershwin (1898 – 1937)
arr. Raaf Hekkema (b. 1968)
Hailed for their “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine), the Akropolis Reed Quintet takes listeners on extraordinary musical adventures. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan, Akropolis has won six national chamber music prizes since 2011, including the 2014 Fischoff Gold Medal. Deeply committed to nurturing music appreciation among young audiences, Akropolis is also winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award. Akropolis is an alumnus of APAP’s prestigious Young Performer’s Career Advancement Program (YPCA) and has received grants from Chamber Music America and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for Detroit-based community and educational outreach projects, as well as operating support from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music’s Performance Program.
Akropolis’ impressive list of recent and upcoming appearances include stops at Caramoor, Chamber Music Northwest, the Chautauqua Institution, Artist Series of Sarasota, Chamber Music Abu Dhabi, Chamber Music Columbus, and more. Akropolis has been awarded a juried showcase at APAP (YPCA), Chamber Music America, Performing Arts Exchange, Western Arts Alliance, and the Mid-Atlantic Performing Arts Market. With three studio albums, including its March, 2017 release of The Space Between Us, called “Pure gold” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Akropolis has recorded 17 original reed quintet works.
Akropolis has commissioned more than 25 works from composers in 7 countries, and was selected to adjudicate and premiere the 2018 Barlow Prize funded by the Barlow Endowment, the first time the prize will be given for a reed quintet work. Akropolis produces a YouTube Web Premiere Series with more than 40,000 views, showcasing new works, arrangements, and composer interviews for a live Internet audience. In 2012 Akropolis created Akropolis Collection and has now sold over 140 original and arranged sheet music works to more than 30 new and established reed quintets.
Akropolis regularly appears in unconventional settings, including performances in office spaces in Detroit as part of its Corporate to Corner Tour in January, 2017. In May, 2016 Akropolis conducted a live recording session featuring audience participation for John Steinmetz’s Sorrow and Celebration for reed quintet and audience, which Akropolis commissioned in 2014. Akropolis will present its first 5sounds Festival in Detroit in May, 2018, bringing together multidisciplinary collaborators, new works, and educational outreach to create greater arts access throughout the city.
Akropolis delivers passionate, energized, and unforgettable performances on a variety of series both traditional and adventurous in nature. All Akropolis events include informative musical introductions and a chance to greet the artists. Originating at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Akropolis remains its founding members: Tim Gocklin (oboe), Kari Landry (clarinet), Matt Landry (saxophone), Andrew Koeppe (bass clarinet), and Ryan Reynolds (bassoon).
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Jasmin Arakawa, Piano Cancion y danzas No. 5 (4’) Federico Mompou (1893 – 1987) Sonata in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:52 (14’) I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Finale: Presto Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Jasmin Arakawa, Piano
Cancion y danzas No. 5 (4’)
Federico Mompou (1893 – 1987)
Sonata in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:52 (14’)
III. Finale: Presto
Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)
Totentanz, S. 525 (14’)
Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)
Selections from Cinq bis (3’)
III. En cas de succés (In case of success)
V. En cas de délire (In case of delirium)
Jean Françaix (1912 – 1997)
Hailed by Gramophone for her ‘characterful sparkle’, Jasmin Arakawa has performed widely in North America, Central and South America, Europe, China, and Japan. A prizewinner of the Jean Françaix International Music Competition, she has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau in Paris, and Victoria Hall in Geneva, as well as broadcasts on BBC and Radio France. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Philips Symfonie Orkest in Amsterdam, Orquestra Sinfonica de Piracicaba in Brazil, numerous orchestras in the United States, and her native Japan. Other performance highlights include guest artist appearances at the Toronto Summer Festival, Ribadeo International Music Festival in Spain, Bicentenaire de Chopin in Switzerland, Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival in Mexico, Festival de Música de Cámarain Peru, Festival Internacional de Música Erudita de Piracicaba in Brazil, Fazioli Piano Pure Series in Chicago, and Distinguished Concerts International New York. Arakawa released her debut solo album Klavierabend on MSR Classics to critical acclaim, praised by American Record Guide for her ‘rich lyricism’ and ‘supreme clarity’.
Arakawa has a special interest in Spanish repertoire, which grew out of a series of lessons with Alicia de Larrocha. As a prizewinner of the Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America and under the sponsorship of the Spanish Embassy, she subsequently recorded solo and chamber pieces by Spanish and Latin American composers.
Arakawa has collaborated with notable artists including cellists Colin Carr and Gary Hoffman, flutists Jean Ferrandis and Marina Piccinini, clarinetist James Campbell, and the Penderecki String Quartet. In addition, she has served as Collaborative Pianist in Residence at the Banff Centre in Canada for three seasons. An advocate of new music, Arakawa has premiered and performed numerous contemporary works. Recently she released the complete works of Witold Lutosławski for violin and piano on PARMA Recordings with Canadian violinist Véronique Mathieu.
Jasmin Arakawa is a graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts. She holds Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Emile Naoumoff. A recipient of the 2016 Steinway Top Teacher Award, she has given master classes at China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Peru, Instituto Baccarelli in Brazil, and numerous universities in the United States and Canada. Arakawa is Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Area Coordinator at the University of Florida in Gainesville, as well as Director of the UF International Piano Festival.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Narek Hakhnazaryan, Cello Noreen Cassidy-Polera, Piano Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70 (11’) Robert Schumann (1810 – 1956) Five Pieces on Folk Themes (14’) I. Arobnaya II. Chonguri III. Sachidao IV. Nana V. Plyasovaya Sulkhan Tsintsadze (1925 – 1991)
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Narek Hakhnazaryan, Cello
Noreen Cassidy-Polera, Piano
Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70 (11’)
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1956)
Five Pieces on Folk Themes (14’)
Sulkhan Tsintsadze (1925 – 1991)
Méditation from Thaïs (7’)
Jules Massenet (1842 – 1912)
Gaspar Cassadó (1897 – 1966)
Since winning the Cello First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 at the age of 22, Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan has performed with major orchestras across the globe and has established himself internationally as one of the finest cellists of his generation. Hakhnazaryan has earned critical acclaim worldwide, with The Strad describing him as “dazzlingly brilliant” and the San Francisco Chronicle hailing his performing as “nothing short of magnificent”. In 2014 he was named a BBC New Generation Artist and in August 2016 he made his highly distinguished BBC Proms debut.
The cellist’s impressive performance history includes concertos with the Detroit, Chicago, Seattle, Milwaukee, Toronto, London, Sydney, and NHK Symphony Orchestras, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, the Rotterdam, Czech, and Seoul Philharmonics, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, and l’Orchestre de Paris, among others, and he has appeared with acclaimed conductors such as Gergiev, Guerrero, Hrůša, Koopman, Neemi Järvi, and Slatkin. An eager chamber musician and recitalist, Hakhnazaryan has performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, Chicago’s Harris Theatre, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel Paris, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Konzerthaus, Oji Hall Tokyo, Shanghai Concert Hall, and esteemed festivals such as Ravinia, Aspen, Piatigorsky, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kissinger Sommer, Robeco Summer concerts, Beethovenfest Bonn, Mikkeli, Pau Casals, Lucerne, and Verbier. The cellist is Artist-in-Residence with the Malta Philharmonic, and he regularly tours with the Z.E.N. Piano Trio with colleagues Zhou Zhang and Esther Yoo.
Hakhnazaryan was mentored by the late Rostropovich and plays the 1707 Joseph Guarneri cello and F.X. Tourte and Benoit Rolland bows.
Pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera ranks among the most highly regarded and diverse chamber artists performing today. She maintains a career that has taken her to every major American music center and abroad to Europe, Russia, and Asia. Recent performances include those at Alice Tully Hall, Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, Jordan Hall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Kennedy Center, and Salle Cortot. She has appeared at the Caramoor, Bard, Grand Teton, and Cape Cod music festivals, and has performed with the chamber music societies of Philadelphia and La Jolla. She has recorded for Sony, EMI, Audiophon, and Centaur Records. Ms. Cassidy-Polera has collaborated with leading soloists, including David Shifrin, Matt Haimovitz, Carter Brey, Antonio Meneses, Aurora-Natalie Ginastera, Yo-Yo Ma, and Leonard Rose. Winner of the accompanying prize at the VIII International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, she regularly collaborates with laureates of the Queen Elisabeth, Tchaikovsky, and Naumburg international competitions.
Ms. Cassidy-Polera’s mastery and affection for the complete standard cello-piano repertory is well-known, as is her attention and dedication to the works of contemporary composers. In recent seasons, she performed Elliott Carter’s venerable Sonata for Cello and Piano on tour in Paris, New York, and Philadelphia, along with new works by Lowell Liebermann, Benjamin C. S. Boyle, and Kenji Bunch to critical acclaim. Her CD recording Sound Vessels (with cellist Scott Kluksdahl) features the recording premiere of Richard Wernick’s Duo, as well as works by Robert Helps, Augusta Read Thomas, and Elliott Carter.
Ms. Cassidy-Polera holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Martin Canin.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Zhu Wang, Piano Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (4’) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) arr. Dame Myra Hess (1890 – 1965) Moving Etudes (7’) I. Good Word II. Bewegt III. Everything Changes Timo
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Zhu Wang, Piano
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (4’)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
arr. Dame Myra Hess (1890 – 1965)
Moving Etudes (7’)
I. Good Word
III. Everything Changes
Timo Andres (b. 1985)
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 (25’)
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Scherzo. Molto vivace
IV. Finale. Presto non tanto; Agitato
Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Praised for his “technical mastery and deep sense of lyricism,” (The Durango Herald) pianist Zhu Wang is the first prize winner of the Second Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians and the Hilton Head Young Artist Piano Competition. Mr. Wang was a featured soloist on WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase as part of the radio station’s China in New York festival. World-renowned Chinese pianist Fou T’song recognized Zhu as an “excellent pianist with natural sense of harmony and imagination,” whose sensitive and engaging performances exhibit a remarkable depth of musicianship and poise beyond his age.
Highlights of the 2017-18 season include solo recitals in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Santa Barbara as winner of the Music Academy of the West’s Solo Piano Competition in partnership with Steinway & Sons. Mr. Wang has performed across the United States and in China, Italy, Poland, and Japan at prestigious venues such as the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, and The Morgan Library. Zhu has appeared as a soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Brunensis Virtuosi Orchestra, San Juan Symphony, Xiamen Philharmonic, and Mongolian Symphony Orchestra. His festival appearances include the Music Academy of the West, International Piano Academy Lake Como, Shanghai International Music Festival, Music Fest Perugia, and Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy.
Zhu Wang has had the honor to study with and perform for many influential pianists, including Gary Graffman, Fou T’song, Stephen Hough, Murray Perahia, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert Levin, Matti Raekallio, Julian Martin, William Grant Nabore, Jeremy Denk, Eva Poblocka, Edward Auer, Douglas Humpherys, Nelita True, and Boris Slutsky. He is also the recipient of special prizes in the Fifth International Chopin Young Artist Piano Competition and the 16th Asian Chopin International Piano Competition in Japan.
Zhu Wang started learning piano at the age of five. He is a graduate from Music Middle School Affiliated with Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Dr. Zhe Tang. Zhu is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Robert McDonald. His previous instructors include Xiaofeng Zheng and Wenhong Chen.