Brandon Patrick George, flute

Jacob Greenberg, piano

 

March 16, 2022

Dame Myra Hess Concerts

Dave Schwan, host

Program:

William Grant Still (1895-1978) – Pastorela (1946) (11′)

Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) – D’un Matin de Printemps (1917-18) (5′)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Variations on Trockne Blumen, D. 802 (1824) (21′)

Brandon Patrick George is a leading flute soloist and chamber musician, with an adventurous repertoire  extending from the baroque to today. He is the flutist of the Grammy®-nominated Imani Winds and has  been hailed by The New York Times as “the elegant Brandon Patrick George,” as a “virtuoso” by The  Washington Post, and called a “knockout musician with a gorgeous sound” by The Philadelphia  Inquirer.  His debut album, featuring works by Kalevi Aho, J.S. Bach, Pierre Boulez, and Sergei  Prokofiev, was released by Haenssler Classics in September 2020; The New York Times described it as  “a program that showcases the flute in all its wit, warmth and brilliance.”

George has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Elbphilharmonie, the Kennedy Center, the  Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Dresden Music Festival, and the Prague Spring Festival, and has made  appearances as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, and the  American Composers Orchestra, among others.

Prior to his solo career, George performed as a guest with many of the world’s leading ensembles  including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber  Orchestra, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). With the Los Angeles  Philharmonic, George performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall and at the Hollywood Bowl under  conductors including Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, Karina Canellakis, Ludovic Morlot, and John  Williams.

Brandon Patrick George is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College, where  he studied under Michel Debost before receiving further training in Paris under Sophie Cherrier. He  received his Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

Pianist Jacob Greenberg’s work as a soloist and chamber musician has received worldwide acclaim. As  a longtime member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, he has concertized across the  Americas and Europe. His solo series, Music at Close Range, shows his equal commitment to classics  of the repertoire. He has played chamber music for the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW and the  Australian Chamber Orchestra, and has also performed with the New York Philharmonic and Israel  Philharmonic.

Recent highlights include a guest performance of works by György Kurtág at the International Summer  Courses in Darmstadt, Germany, under the composer’s guidance; a recital tour with flutist Claire  Chase; Boulez’s Sur Incises with the Seattle Symphony; and solo and concerto appearances with the  International Contemporary Ensemble at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. A leading pianist of  modern song, Mr. Greenberg has toured and recorded extensively with soprano Tony Arnold. He is  also a record producer, and has completed discs for major domestic and international labels; his many  personal projects for New Focus Recordings feature over a dozen solo commissions. Mr. Greenberg’s  podcast, Intégrales, explores meaningful intersections of music and daily city life. He is on the faculty  of the Tanglewood Music Center, and has taught at Hunter College, City University of New York, The  Juilliard School, and the State University of New York at Buffalo.

 

Read program notes here

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in partnership with 98.7 WFMT.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in association with the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

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