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The New York Society for Ethical Culture
64th Street at Central Park West 2 West 64th Street New York City, NY 10023
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Ludwig van Beethoven Variations in E-flat major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op.44

Joan Tower: Simply Purple for Viola Solo (CMS commission, World Premiere)

Joan Tower: Wild Purple for Viola Solo

Franz Joseph: Haydn String Trio in G major, Op. 53, No. 1

Joan Tower: New Work for Piano Trio (CMS Co-commission, New York Premiere)

Antonin Dvorak: Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65

Guest artists: Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Gary Hoffman, cello; Andre-Michel Schub, piano

Season composer Joan Tower is one of the most respected and widely performed of today’s American composers, her boldly energetic style proving perfectly idiomatic for the instrumental genres to which she has devoted herself, whether solo, chamber, or orchestral. “The sound of the viola has always reminded me of a deep kind of luscious purple,” she says, and since 1998 she has composed a series of sensuous “purple” works expressly crafted to the viola-playing of CMS Artist Paul Neubauer. He’ll perform the first of those pieces plus a brand new one in a concert that also includes the first New York performance of Tower’s new Piano Trio. Tower, a chamber-music devotee of long standing, has cited Haydn and Beethoven among her most admired models, so it is fitting that both should find a place on this program, along with one of Dvorak’s most popular piano trios.

Violist Paul Neubauer‘s exceptional musicality and effortless playing distinguish him as one of this generation’s quintessential artists. Balancing a solo career with performances as an Artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Neubauer at age 21 was the youngest principal string player in the New York Philharmonic’s history. In November 2005, Mr. Neubauer performed the world premiere of Purple Rhapsody for Viola and Orchestra by Joan Tower with the Omaha Symphony at the opening of the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, Nebraska. This was followed by performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra as a result of a co-commission. At Lincoln Center, he performed the viola sonatas by Gyorgy Ligeti and Dmitri Shostakovich in concerts celebrating their music at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

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