WASHINGTON, September 7, 2016 – Labor Day 2016, the final holiday weekend before Washington’s performing arts season gets underway is now behind us, so it’s time to begin CDN’s fall season preview series focusing on Washington’s lively performing arts scene. First up is the decidedly untraditional 2016-2017 season of the Young Concert Artists (YCA) series, DC edition.
Through annual auditions, the New York-based YCA has an uncanny knack for discovering the most promising young artists (and now composers, too) and debuting them in recital, first in New York and then in Washington at the Kennedy Center.
This year, however, marks a departure from the series’ traditional performance schedule at the KenCen’s Terrace Theater. Instead, YCA’s exciting young artists will be appearing at different venues across DC. That’s because, as the final major Kennedy Center Theater scheduled for ACA-compliant and additional renovations, the Terrace Theater will be dark for the fall and spring seasons.
That’s why YCA’s upcoming series of recitals are scheduled to take place in some very different performance spaces, including the Maison Française at the Embassy of France, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Theatre of the Arts on the Van Ness campus of the University of DC and the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater. Additional information on these venues appears at the end of this preview.
Here’s YCA’s impressive 2016-2017 lineup of performers. (Note that listed programs may be subject to change.)
23-year old French pianist Rémi Geniet will kick the new YCA season off Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Maison Française, located at the Embassy of France. (See details at the end of these listings.) Mr. Geniet’s challenging program will include the Bach Partita No. 45 in D major, BWV 828; Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, “Moonlight”—an old favorite that for some reason is infrequently performed at recitals these days; and Prokoviev’s Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84. The pianist has already performed with several major international orchestras and his all-Bach debut CD won a prestigious Diapason D’Or Award. (And yes, classical music fans still buy CDs.)
Next up is Korean violinist Soobeen Lee, who, with pianist Noreen Polera, will be performing Monday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Now in her late teens, Ms. Lee took first prize in the Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition when she was just 13. She will launch her recital here with Tartini’s legendarily wicked Sonata in G minor, aka, the “Devil’s Trill” sonata. Also on her program: Jeong Kyu Park’s “Burlesque for violin and piano”; Beethoven’s Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 30, No. 1; Bartók’s Sonata No. 2, Sz. 87; And Saint-Saëns’ “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso,” Op. 28.
On December 3, Israeli pianist Tomer Gewirtzman will perform in recital at the Theatre of the Arts, located on the University of the District of Columbia’s Van Ness campus. The time: 2 p.m. Mr. Gewirtzman program time-travels from the early to the modern, beginning with selections from Couperin’s “Pièces de clavecin.” The program next proceeds to the Romantic era with Schumann’s “Fantasy in C major,” Op. 17 and Liszt’s famously treacherous Sonata in B minor, S. 178; and winds up closer to our own time with Corigliano’s 1985 “Fantasia on an Ostinato.” Mr. Gewirtzman took the Gold Medal at the 2014 Wideman International Piano Competition in Louisiana and has also won the Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival.
Returning to the Kennedy Center briefly on Wednesday, January 25, 2017—but this time in the KenCen’s ground floor Family Theater—YCA will present the Zorá String Quartet in recital at 7:30 p.m. Members of the quartet are violinists Dechopol Kowintaweewat and Seula Lee, violist Pablo Muñoz Salido and cellist Zizai Ning. The young ensemble’s program will begin with Mozart’s String Quartet No. 15 in D major, K. 421 before jumping to the 20th century for a pair of spikier works: Webern’s “Langsamer Satz” and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat major. In 2015, the Quartet won both Indiana’s Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, held at the University of Notre Dame and Caltech’s 2015 Coleman Chamber Music Competition.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017, it’s back to the University of DC’s Theatre of the Arts where German baritone Samuel Hasselhorn will appear in recital, accompanied by pianist Renate Rohlfing. A winner of the 2013 International Schubert Competition and the Prix de Lied in another 2013 contest, the prestigious Nadia and Lili Boulanger Competition held in Paris, Mr. Hasselhorn’ will offer a diverse array of art songs ranging from Romantic composers like Schubert and Schumann to more modern fare from Dutilleux, Duparc and Britten. Time: 7:30 p.m.
It’s back to the Maison Française at the Embassy of France on Thursday, February 23 where French cellist Edgar Moreau will perform with pianist Jessica Osborne in an interesting and diverse recital program including Beethoven’s Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2, Poulenc’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, FP 143, Eric Tanguy’s “Spirales” and Brahms’ imposing Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38. Mr. Moreau won the distinction of being named the 2015 Instrumental Soloist of the Year by Victoires de la Musique Classique.
Returning once again to the University of DC’s Theatre of the Arts, YCA will present Korean pianist Dasol Kim in recital on Tuesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Kim will perform Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op 13 (“Pathétique”) and Barber’s difficult “Sonata,” Op. 26. In a treat for Chopin lovers, his program will conclude with a performance of all 24 of Chopin’s “Preludes,” Op. 28. Running the gamut from tiny jewels to imposing and difficult piano essays, this collection is perhaps the best illustration of this composer’s many moods and innovative techniques as well. Mr. Kim won First Prize in France’s Épinal International Piano Competition and has performed with a number of well regarded internatinoal orchestras including L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He’s also released a new and highly-regarded CD, “Dasol Kim Plays Schumann” on the Deutsche Grammophon label.
YCA’s 2016-2017 DC concert series will conclude, once again, at Maison Française at the Embassy of France in a program featuring French oboist Olivier Stankiewicz, with pianist Alvise Sinivia on Wednesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. The 25-year old oboist is already the principal oboist of the London Symphony Orchestra and a professor on the faculty of the Royal College of Music. Mr. Stankiewicz’ wide-ranging program will feature Schumann’s “Romanzen,” Op. 94; Martinů’s “Three Romanian Folk Songs”; Wolpe’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano, C. 91, Op. 31; Silvestrini’s “Thee Etudes on Impressionist Paintings”; Dutilleux’ Sonata for Oboe and Piano; and a world premiere work by YCA Composer-in-Residence Tonia Ko.
YCA tickets and information: Tickets are available directly via YCA. Telephone: 202-331-0405. Email: [email protected]. Online: http://www.yca.org/tickets. Season packages (8 concerts) are currently available for $240 per individual. Packages for fewer concerts also available. One free complimentary ticket may be made available with your package. Single tickets: $38.
A bit more information on YCA’s interesting 2016-2017 venues:
Maison Française at the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC 20007. Located across from the hospital side of Georgetown University, parking here can be tricky. After 6:30 p.m., free on street parking is available on Reservoir Road and elsewhere if you’re familiar with the neighborhood. Additionally, limited cash-only valet parking will also be available after 6:30 p.m. Cost: $20.
Remembering that three of these recitals are taking place at the actual French Embassy—which, like all embassies, must observe security protocols—YCA has provided the following helpful information. We’ve italicized the key portion:
“Due to [French] Embassy security regulations, all concert attendee names including guest names must be registered with the Embassy one day in advance through Young Concert Artists, and each attendee must present matching photo ID for entrance to the Embassy. We regret that it is not possible to add or change attendee names on the day of the concert. There is no parking permitted on the Embassy grounds. For concert-goers with special needs, please contact Young Concert Artists.”
For further details on this venue, and to purchase tickets, including details on embassy security, Call the DC Office of YCA at 202-331-0405 or email YCA at: [email protected]
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave, NW (at 13th Street), Washington, DC 20005. General seating. Recital program will take place in the 5th Floor Performance Hall. Closest parking: Green City Parking, 1212 New York Ave. NW: $10. Metro: A two-block walk north from the Metro Center station. However—keep in mind Metro’s necessary, but ongoing and relentless SafeTrack program, which is continually disruptive to Metro schedules. Before you choose this option, click this link for the current SafeTrack schedule and plan accordingly.
University of the District of Columbia, Van Ness Campus, 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008. Reserved seating. Recitals will be performed at the Theatre of the Arts. Parking: Available in the Van Ness Campus Garage (entrance from Van Ness Street, NW). Metro: Campus is just north of the Van Ness-UDC Metro Station. However—keep in mind Metro’s necessary, but ongoing and relentless SafeTrack program, which is continually disruptive to Metro schedules. Before you choose this option, click this link for the current SafeTrack schedule and plan accordingly. Taxi or pedestrian access: Enter the campus on Windom Place, NW, just north of the Van Ness-UDC Metro Station.
Kennedy Center Family Theater, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566. Reserved seating. Recital will take place in the Family Theater, on the Main Level of the Kennedy Center. Parking: Plenty of parking available in the Kennedy Center garages and additional parking available in the Watergate garages next door. Metro: In decent weather, Metro’s Silver/Orange Line Foggy Bottom station is a several block walk, but regular (and free) Kennedy Center shuttle bus service is also available. But as with other Metro accessible venues, remember that Metro’s schedule-destroying SafeTrack program can make timing your arrival and exit somewhat treacherous without planning. Before you choose this option, click this link for the current SafeTrack schedule and plan accordingly.