Gift to the Community Concert Series

2014/15 Concert Season

September 21, 2014 | Andrew Tyson, piano
Pre-recital performance by Buffalo Suzuki Strings Piano Students at 2:15pm.

"A phenomenal musician, a refined artists, and accomplished pianist."
- La Libre, Belgium
Praised by The New York Times for the “passion and poetry” in his performance, pianist Andrew Tyson is emerging as a distinctive and intriguing musical voice. In addition to winning the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2011, Mr. Tyson received a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where he worked with Claude Frank, earned his Master’s degree at The Juilliard School working with Robert McDonald, and is currently in the Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School, where he won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition.
Sonata in F major, K. 332-------------------------------Mozart
Four Mazurkas, Op. 30---------------------------------Chopin
Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47------------------Chopin
Prelude No. 1 (“D’ombre et de silence”)....................Dutilleux
Prelude No. 2 (“Sur un même accord”)).....................Dutilleux
Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
(with five posthumous variations)----------------------Schumann
November 9, 2014 | Stephen Waarts, violin
                                                  Chelsea Wang, piano
Performance by students of the UB Summer String Workshop at 2:15.

"“From the first note of Stephen Waarts’ Brahms G Major Sonata I was hooked, and within a few bars I was moved to tears.”"
—- The Strad “
Violinist Stephen Waarts has already made a name for himself in the competition circuit worldwide, having captured First Prize at the 2014 Menuhin Competition in Austin, TX, Second Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2013 Montreal International Competition, and First Prize in the 2011 International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists in Weimar. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Stephen Waarts’ extraordinary gifts have brought him acclaim at a very young age. He currently studies at the Curtis Institute with Aaron Rosand. In addition to his music studies, he is also an accomplished mathematician and has won several national math awards.
Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op.30, No.3---------------Beethoven
Sonata for solo violin, Sz.117-------------------------Bartók
Sonata in G Major -------------------------------------Ravel
March 1, 2015 | The Hermès Quartet
" Their musical intelligence, sensitivity and overall unity of ensemble beautifully displayed the maturity one expects from the greatest quartets”."
- —Le Courrier (France)

The Paris-based Quartet (violinists Omer Bouchez and Elise Liu, violist Yung-Hsin Chang, and cellist Anthony Kondo) has already been heard in prestigious European venues. The Washington Post praises their “world-class quartet playing” and says “they will likely take their place among the top quartets of our time.” The members of the Quartet met at the Lyon Conservatory and formed the ensemble in 2008. They have studied at the Berlin University of the Arts, where they worked with the Artemis Quartet, and are currently studying at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Paris with members of the Ysaÿe Quartet.
Quartet in B minor, Op. 33, No. 1 ----------------------Haydn
Quartet No. 1 in A Minor, Op 41, No. 1-----------------Schumann
Quartet No. 15 in D Major, D. 887 ----------------------Schubert

Now in its 16th season our Gift to the Community series continues to feature some of the world's most exciting young artists. Two performers from previous seasons won 1st prize at the coveted Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and 10 series performers have been awarded highly competitive Avery Fisher Career Grants. This season the three artists will astound you with their unique creativity and incomparable technique.
Clementina Fleshler - Executive Director

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The Gift to the Community Recital Series is made possible through a grant from the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation.