Pianist Christopher O’Riley & Cellist Matt Haimovitz, Friday June 2, 7 PM
Friday, June 2, 2017 at 7 pm
Tickets: $40 premium section, $25 general admission
Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House
327 Warren St.
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 822 1438
“If any artists were destined to collaborate, it was surely this pair.” – The New York Times
Known to millions as the host of NPR’s From the Top, Christopher O’Riley is also an accomplished pianist who frequently works with Grammy-award winning cellist Matt Haimovitz. Haimovitz and O’Riley perform a preview of their upcoming all-Russian album, TROIKA, featuring sonatas by Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
Sonata for Cello and Piano. Op.40
Allegro non troppo
Sergei Prokofiev (1891 – 1953)
Sonata for cello & pia no, Op.119
Allegro ma non troppo
Sergey Vasilyevich Rachmaninov (1873 – 1943)
Sonata in G Minor for Cello & Piano, Op.19
Lento – Allegro moderato
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Christopher O’Riley // Acclaimed for his engaging and deeply committed performances, the pianist Christopher O’Riley is known to millions as the host of NPR’s From the Top. Now in his fifteenth year on air, O’Riley introduces the next generation of classical-music stars to almost a million listeners each week. He performs around the world and has garnered widespread praise for his untiring efforts to reach new audiences.
Christopher O’Riley has performed as a soloist with virtually all of the major American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony. In addition, O’Riley has performed recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.
Living by the Duke Ellington adage “There are only two kinds of music, good music and bad,” O’Riley – a proponent of the former in all of its guises – has received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and an equally coveted four-star review from Rolling Stone magazine. O’Riley strives to introduce new audiences to classical music with an almost missionary zeal by performing piano arrangements of music by Radiohead, Elliott Smith, Pink Floyd, and Nirvana alongside traditional classical repertoire. He has collaborated for many years with the flutist Sir James Galway and cellists Matt Haimovitz and Carter Brey.
A prolific recording artist, O’Riley has recorded the music of Beethoven, Stravinsky, Scriabin, Liszt, Ravel, Gershwin, Debussy, and John Adams for Sony Classical, Oxingale Records, RCA Red Seal, Decca, and Harmonia Mundi.
Matt Haimovitz // Israeli-born American cellist Matt Haimovitz has evolved from a prodigy to one of the most dynamic young musicians on the classical music scene. As a child, Haimovitz was introduced through Itzhak Perlman to cellist Leonard Rose, who was amazed by the young artist’s ability and helped foster his education. Haimovitz played his first concert at Carnegie Hall at the age of 13 and accepted his first major honor, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, at that time. In 1990 Haimovitz made his debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon, and for most of the decade his career trajectory followed the usual course one would expect for a classical artist, playing the concert hall circuit and teaching.
Around 2000, Haimovitz faced up to the growing realization that the audiences he was playing for did not seem to bring around very many of the people his age. He diagnosed this condition to concert halls themselves, and henceforward resolved to meet the desired audience where they felt comfortable, in the ordinary coffeehouses, bars, and nightclubs where young people hang out. This loosening of the collar as it applies to one’s place of venue also opened up his music, and in 2003, Haimovitz launched his “Anthem” tour, playing the works of living American composers in 50 different states. His recordings, mostly on Oxingale, such as Lemons Descending and Anthem, also serve to expose young listeners to music from their own time. Response to Haimovitz’s about-face in terms of performance spaces and repertoire may be mixed coming from critics, but audiences are pleased, and are attending, which is what Haimovitz wants. Haimovitz’s efforts in bringing classical music to people who would normally be scared off by the formality of it all was recognized by the American Music Center, which presented him its Trailblazer Award in 2005. In 2007, he released the album Vinyl Cello, and a year later was nominated for a Juno Award. In 2012 Haimovitz performed the premier of Glass’ Cello Concerto No. 2 “Naqoyqatsi” and released shuffle.play.listen with Christopher O’Riley. Haimovitz teaches at McGill University in Montreal (Bio credit: Allmusic.com)