InterHarmony Concert Series: Spring Equinotes

Like a collection of exotic flowers placed in a delicate crystal vase, generating the lush aroma of the coming spring equinox, InterHarmony concludes its 6th season at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, showcasing world-renowned and upcoming artists. The program, Spring Equinotes, will transport the audience into the romantic world of Liszt and Brahms, moving with the finesse of gliding light into Messiaen's art of synesthesia and the improvisational roulades of Kapustin. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800.

The evening will start with "Sonata for Violin and Piano" by Pulitzer Prize winning American composer John Corrigliano, performed by violinist Aihua Zhang and pianist Christopher Taylor. "Sonata" displays rare, expressive dynamics and virtuosic flavor, intertwined with a canvas of music lines that could be present through the whole evening.

Ravel’s compositional style, most associated with impressionism, developed through his life, incorporating elements of baroque, neoclassicism, and even jazz. After joining a group of avant-garde poets, artists, and critics called “Les Apaches," Ravel dedicated "Jester’s Aubade" from "Mirrors Suite" to members of that group.

Franz Liszt was the rock star of the 19th century and ultimate soloist. The power of Liszt’s pianism is enhanced with cascades of rich harmonies, and virtuosic, acrobatic passages in "Rigoletto Concert Paraphrase." Pianist Alvise Pascucci will perform Ravel and Liszt.

Olivier Eugène Prosper Charles Messiaen, who had almost as many middle names as Dumbledore, claimed to “hear” music as color: synesthesia. Known for his musical experimentation, the audience can imagine colors in his "Contemplation of the Joyful SpiritfromTwenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus."

Russian Jewish composer Nikolai Kapustin is famed for his pianistic improvisation and taking classical composition in the direction of jazz, as heard in his "Twenty-Four Preludes in Jazz Style." Pianist Christopher Taylor will perform both works.

The program will finish with Brahm's epic "Clarinet Trio," performed by Stacey McColley (clarinet), Jewish cellist Misha Quint and Catherine Kautsky (piano). Anton Webern said that Brahms "anticipated the developments of the Second Viennese School” and his innovations in the late Romantic period led composers to break away from the old rules and flourish in progressive ideas. "Trio" summarizes all the colors, nuances and ideas of developing melodic lines that the spectator found earlier in the program. Like sounding springs flowing into the waves of a raging ocean, the extraordinary craftsmanship of Brahms lets each instrument display their superior abilities. The four movements of music will tumble with the velocity of white water rapids streaming to the final chord, creating perfect harmony for InterHarmony's grand finale.

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Friday, March 15, 2019 - 8:00pm


Carnegie Hall
881 Seventh Ave.
New York, NY 10019




Caitlin McConnell



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