Gift to the Community Concerts

Artists this Season

 Zorá String Quartet 

Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Concert held in Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall
Mendelssohn - String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.13
Beethoven - String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132

At the Zorá String Quartet's New York debut in early 2017, the young ensemble earned a rave review from The New York Times' chief music critic, Anthony Tommasini. He praised the "rich sound and wistful beauty" of the quartet's performance of a Mozart quartet and the "melting sound and affecting impetuosity" of its interpretation of a work by Weber. First playing together as students at Indiana University, the members of the quartet won First Prize in the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. The Zorá String Quartet, which takes its name from the Bulgarian word for sunrise, is currently the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, where the members work closely with Shmuel Ashkenasi, Arnold Steinhardt and other prominent musicians.

Admission Free

Rémi Geniet, piano

Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3 P.M.
Concert held in Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall
Bach-Busoni - Chaconne
Beethoven - Sonata No.31 in Ab major, Op.110
Stravinsky - Three Movements from Petrushka
Ravel - La Valse

Having carried off a series of international prizes, Rémi Geniet is embarking on what promises to be a brilliant solo career. The young French pianist's debut recording of Bach keyboard works has won acclaim. "Geniet’s joyous, invigorated, and well-recorded Bach interpretations cannot help but leave you smiling and wanting more. In other words, this kid’s got it!” wrote Jed Distler in Classics Today. He has already performed recitals at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, as well as at venues in Vienna, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Geneva, Ghent, Brussels, Germany, Italy, Poland and Canada. He has also performed with orchestras in many countries, including France, Belgium, Russia, Japan.

Admission Free

Xavier Foley, double-bass

Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Concert held in Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall
Bach - Cello Suite No.1 BMV 1007
Foley - The Falling Seagull
Foley - Irish Fantasy
Sperger - Sonata in B minor

Xavier Foley is only the second double-bass player in history to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. A 2016 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he has already appeared as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony, Nashville Symphony, the Brevard Concert Orchestra, the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra and the Sphinx Virtuosi, both in Carnegie Hall and on a national tour. A native of Marietta, Ga., Foley has been described as a "brilliant" bass player by The New York Times. At the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he won four special performance awards, including the Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize, the Harriman-Jewell Series Prize, the Paramount Theatre Prize, and the Tri-I Noon Recitals Prize. He is also a composer.

Admission Free


Now in its 20th 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

Sunday Afternoons
at 3 p.m.

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