Jakub Józef Orliński

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Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor. Photo by M. Sharkey

Friday, April 07, 2017

Antonio Vivaldi: Lute Concerto in D major | Chris Brubeck: "Affinity" Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra | Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.10 – Sharon Isbin, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin – Saturday, April 8, 2017, 08:00 PM EDT (UTC-4) / Sunday, April 9, 2017, 03:00 AM EEST (UTC+3) – Live on Livestream

Sharon Isbin (Photo by Rob Fortunado)

Hailed as "the pre-eminent guitarist of our time", multi Grammy Award-winner Sharon Isbin joins the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in jazz phenom Chris Brubeck's recently debuted Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra. In rare presentation, Leonard Slatkin leads Gustav Mahler's poignant unfinished Tenth Symphony, masterfully reconstructed for the composer's centenary in 1960 by famed British musicologist Deryck Cooke.

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 08:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 03:00 AM EEST (UTC+3)

Detroit: 08:00 PM
Los Angeles: 05:00 PM
New York: 08:00 PM
Paris: 02:00 AM
Moscow: 03:00 AM
London: 01:00 AM
Berlin: 02:00 AM
Athens: 03:00 AM

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Guitar Genius Sharon Isbin

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

♪ Lute Concerto in D major, RV 93 (1730)

i. Allegro
ii. Largo
iii. Allegro

Chris Brubeck (b. 1952)

♪ Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra (2015)

Sharon Isbin, guitar

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

♪ Symphony No.10 in F sharp minor (1910) [Performing version by Deryck Cooke, 1960]

Part I
i. Adagio
ii. Scherzo I: Schnelle Vierteln
Part II
iii. Allegretto moderato (Purgatorio)
iv. Scherzo II: Allegro pesante
v. Finale: Lento non troppo - Allegro moderato

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin

(HD 720p)

Live from Orchestra Hall, Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 08:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 03:00 AM EEST (UTC+3)

Live on Livestream

Photo by J. Henry Fair
Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple Grammy Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as "the pre-eminent guitarist of our time". She is the winner of Guitar Player magazine's "Best Classical Guitarist" award, and the Munich, Toronto and Madrid international competitions. She has appeared as soloist with over 170 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in the world's finest halls, including New York's Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls, Boston's Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center, London's Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Paris' Châtelet, Vienna's Musikverein, Munich's Herkulessaal, Madrid's Teatro Real and many others. She has served as Artistic Director/Soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall, the Ordway Music Theatre (St Paul), New York's 92nd Street Y, and the acclaimed national radio series Guitarjam. A frequent guest on NPR's All Things Considered and Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, she has been profiled on television throughout the world, including CBS Sunday Morning and A&E, and was featured as soloist on the Grammy nominated soundtrack of Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning The Departed. On September 11, 2002, Sharon Isbin performed at Ground Zero for the internationally televised memorial. Among other career highlights, she performed in concert at the White House in 2009, and was the only classical artist to perform in the 2010 Grammy Awards. She has been profiled in periodicals from People to Elle, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, as well as appearing on the cover of over 45 magazines. Her 2015 national television performances on PBS include the Billy Joel Gershwin Prize, Tavis Smiley, and American Public Television's presentation of the acclaimed one-hour documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour seen by millions on nearly 200 PBS stations across the US, and the winner of the 2015 ASCAP Television Broadcast Award. The film was released with bonus performances on DVD/Blu-ray by Video Artists International.

Sharon Isbin's catalogue of over 25 recordings – from Baroque, Spanish/Latin and 20th Century to crossover and jazz-fusion – reflects remarkable versatility. Her latest releases, Sharon Isbin: 5 Classic Albums (Warner) and Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions (Sony) with rock/jazz guests Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Heart's Nancy Wilson and Stanley Jordan, have been #1 bestsellers on Amazon.com. Her 2010 Grammy Award-winning CD Journey to the New World with guests Joan Baez and Mark O'Connor spent 63 consecutive weeks on the top Billboard charts. Other Grammys include her world premiere recording of concerti written for her by Christopher Rouse and Tan Dun, and Dreams of a World which made her the first classical guitarist in 28 years to receive the award. She received a Latin Grammy nomination for her disc of Rodrigo, Ponce and Villa-Lobos concerti with the New York Philharmonic – their first and only recording with a guitar soloist. Other honors include Germany's Echo Klassik Award and Gramophone's Recording of the Year.

Sharon Isbin has been acclaimed for expanding the guitar repertoire with some of the finest new works of the century. She has commissioned and premiered more concerti than any other guitarist, and her American Landscapes with works written for her by Corigliano, Schwantner and Foss is the first-ever recording of American guitar concerti. Her world premieres in 2015 include Affinity: Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra composed for her by Chris Brubeck, and a song cycle by Richard Danielpour commissioned for her and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard by Carnegie Hall for their 125th anniversary and by Chicago's Harris Theater.

Other recent highlights include tours with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Austria's Tonkünstler Orchestra and Belgium's Philharmonique de Liege, recitals and concerti in Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center, a week of performances at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, MIDEM Classical Awards in Cannes, a 20-city Guitar Passions tour with Stanley Jordan and Romero Lubambo in 2014, and a sold out performance in Carnegie Hall with Sting, Katy Perry and Jerry Seinfeld in 2015 to benefit the David Lynch Foundation.

Sharon Isbin appears as soloist with orchestras throughout the world, including the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, St Louis, Nashville, New Jersey, Louisville, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Buffalo and Utah Symphonies; Saint Paul, Los Angeles, Zurich, Scottish and Lausanne Chamber Orchestras; the London Symphony and Orchestre National de France; and BBC Scottish, Lisbon Gulbenkian, Prague, Milan Verdi, Belgrade, Mexico City, Jerusalem and Tokyo Symphonies. Her festival appearances include Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Ravinia, Grant Park, Interlochen, Santa Fe, Mexico City, Bermuda, Hong Kong, Montreux, Strasbourg, Paris, Athens, Istanbul, Ravenna, Prague and Budapest International Festivals.

Born in Minneapolis, Sharon Isbin began her guitar studies at age nine in Italy, and later studied with Andrès Segovia and Oscar Ghiglia. A former student of Rosalyn Tureck, Ms. Isbin collaborated with the noted keyboardist in publishing and recording the first performance editions of the Bach lute suites for guitar (Warner Classics / G. Schirmer). She is the author of the Classical Guitar Answer Book, and is Director of guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School, which she created in 1989.

Source: sharonisbin.com

Chris Brubeck is no stranger to musical achievement.

His father, Dave Brubeck, was among the most famous jazz musicians of his generation, with credits for standards like "Take Five", "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke". The elder Brubeck is not only renowned for his jazz compositions, but for his orchestral and choral pieces.

Chris Brubeck's brothers also are musical. They played with Chris in 2009 for a CBS nationwide broadcast when their father was a Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honoree for exhibiting excellence in the performing arts.

On Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12, 2015, Chris Brubeck will add to his own musical legacy as classical guitarist Sharon Isbin premieres his composition "Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra" with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. The performance at The Maryland Theatre will be the final Masterworks concert of the MSO's 33rd season. The concert also will feature Beethoven's Symphony No.7.

Born in California in 1952, Brubeck said he moved to Wilson, Connecticut, when he was about 10.

"I still live there. In between, I went to music school instead of high school at Interlochen Arts Academy. It was a great place, where I would spend hours a day with an orchestra", he said during a telephone interview from his home studio in Connecticut.

Brubeck, 63, studied music at University of Michigan, but found that he did not have much time for classes because he spent so much time on concert tours.

"I was on tour so much with my rock 'n' roll band that I was missing my classes. It seemed ridiculous", he said. "I told my dad, ‘I'm in college trying to learn how to be a professional musician, but I'm too busy to go to class because I am working as a professional musician’. So I stayed on tour all the time, and currently, I still am (on tour)".

Brubeck's groups have included The Brubeck Brothers Quartet and Triple Play, and his styles encompass jazz, blues, funk, pop and classical.

His "Affinity" concerto, he said, is not written in separate movements. Rather, it is a continuous piece that is connected by transitions.

The first area, he said, is "modern American classical music with lots of energy".

"The middle section is very slow and beautiful and makes you think of what you imagine a more traditional guitar genre would sound like – like a ballad, a bit Spanish and romantic. I think most people think all guitar concertos are going to sound a bit Spanish and romantic", he said.

The next section of the piece sounds like a fast Brazilian samba in a 5/8 time signature, Brubeck said, which is "a bit unusual for American culture".

"In some cultures, it's very typical, but not so much in America. It helps the piece sound new and fresh and different. It's a time signature that's more common in Bulgaria, the northern Mediterranean and Balkan countries", he said.

The fourth – and last – section of the piece has a Middle Eastern sound.

"It really gives you a combination of influences. It is not stuck in one style", he said.

Featured guitar soloist Isbin has produced more than two dozen albums, won multiple Grammy Awards and created the guitar department at The Juilliard School. Brubeck said Isbin is noted for presenting guitar as a universal instrument with "international influence on various cultures".

Brubeck and Isbin began talking about a collaboration in 2001, and it has "taken this long for the right circumstances to come along", Brubeck said.

He called Isbin "one of the leading classical guitarists of her generation" and referenced "Sharon Isbin: Troubadour", an hourlong PBS documentary highlighting her career.

"She is known for working tirelessly to expand repertoire for classical guitar and orchestra. She has commissioned many of the biggest names, well-known composers, to write concertos", he said. "People will be playing her Grammy-winning records 100 years from now and they'll say, ‘Sharon Isbin really helped to broaden the number of pieces written for guitar and orchestra, and that was really a huge contribution’. I'm honored to be a composer that she has chosen to work with for the creation of this new work".

Brubeck also has worked previously with MSO Music Director and Conductor Elizabeth Schulze. She once conducted him in Flagstaff, Arizona, in a performance of a trombone concerto he wrote, and she conducted another one of his pieces.

"I heard her conduct a performance of a violin concerto I wrote for violinist Nick Kendall and it was the best performance I'd ever heard of that piece", he said. "I'm excited because I know what a great conductor she is and I know the orchestra is great, too".

Source: Alicia Notarianni, April 9, 2015 (heraldmailmedia.com)

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