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The Proud Tradition Continues!

  The Tuesday Musical Concert Series has touched three centuries and two millennia, blessing Omahans with a nonprofit concert series of international artists. The proud tradition continues.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Stefan Jackiw, violin

JackiwJackiw, recognized as “one of the best and most interesting young violinists heard in a long time” according to the Chicago Sun-Times, captivates audiences with playing that is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity, according to the Boston Globe. Jackiw has appeared as a soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others. In the 2012-13 season, Jackiw makes his Carnegie Hall recital debut in November, when he performs Stravinsky, Brahms, Strauss and a world premiere work by David Fulmer with pianist Anna Polonsky in Weill Recital Hall. In 2011-12, Jackiw debuted with the Atlanta Symphony and the Rotterdam Philharmonic and enjoyed return engagements with the Chicago Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic. Jackiw is also an active recitalist and chamber musician. He has performed in numerous important festivals and concert series. At the opening night of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York, Jackiw was the only young artist invited to perform, playing alongside such artists as Emanuel Ax, Renée Fleming, Evgeny Kissin, and James Levine. Born in 1985 to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, Stefan Jackiw began playing the violin at age 4. He holds a bachelor of arts from Harvard University, as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He makes his home in New York City.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Carpe Diem String Quartet

Carpe Diem String Quartet has become the premier American indie string quartet. It continues to rack up accolades and awards. This past year, Carpe Diem was the only quartet in America chosen to receive a prestigious PNC ArtsAlive Award. In the past six years, it has emerged as a quartet known for innovative programming, unique collaborations and blurring the lines between genres. Ongoing collaborations which showcase Carpe Diem’s outside-the-box programming include concerts with Graeme Boone, banjo; Latin Grammy winner Raul Juarena, bandoneon; and Willy Porter, guitarist and songwriter. Their innovative school and outreach programs even make use of video game songs, and TV and movie theme music such as The Simpsons. Carpe Diem is one of the only ensembles that regularly perform music written and/or arranged by members of the quartet.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel

The distinguished American pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been soloist with the world's great orchestras. Abroad, these include the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonic and Philharmonia, Moscow State Symphony, Munich's Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Amsterdam, Oslo and Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestra of La Scala and NHK Symphony of Japan. In the United States, engagements include the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Siegel has collaborated with many of the pre-eminent conductors of our time: Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas and David Zinman, as well as legendary maestros of the past, including Eugene Ormandy, Sir George Solti, William Steinberg, Klaus Tennstedt and Yevgeny Svetlanov. Born into a musical family, Jeffrey Siegel studied with Rudolf Ganz in his native Chicago, with Rosina Lhévinne at The Juilliard School and, as a Fulbright Scholar, with Ilona Kabos in London. In addition to his solo appearances, Jeffrey Siegel presents Keyboard Conversations, a concert-with-commentary format in which lively, captivating remarks precede virtuoso performances of piano masterpieces. The concert concludes with a brisk, witty Q & A. New listeners discover an informal, entertaining and immensely accessible introduction to the magnificent piano repertoire. Seasoned music-lovers enjoy a deeply enriched, more focused listening experience.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Awadagin Pratt, piano

Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in recital and with symphony orchestras. Born in Pittsburgh, Pratt began studying piano at age 6. Three years later, having moved to Normal, Ill., with his family, he also began studying violin. At 16, he entered the University of Illinois where he studied piano, violin and conducting. He subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he became the first student in the school's history to receive diplomas in three performance areas – piano, violin and conducting. In recognition of this achievement and for his work in the field of classical music, Pratt recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins. In 1992, Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition and two years later was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has played numerous recitals throughout the U.S., including performances at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and Chicago's Orchestra Hall. His many orchestral performances include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, National, Detroit and New Jersey symphonies among many others. Pratt is artistic director of the Next Generation Festival, a two-week chamber music festival in Lancaster, Pa., and appears with cellist Zuill Bailey in duo recitals throughout the U.S. In November 2009, Pratt was one of four artists selected to perform at a White House classical music event that included student workshops hosted by first lady Michelle Obama, and performed in concert for guests including President Obama. Pratt has performed two other times at the White House, both at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton. In November 2010, Pratt played a recital in Carnegie Hall for the Naumburg Foundation. Internationally, he has toured Japan four times and performed in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Israel and South Africa. Pratt is currently an associate professor of piano and artist in residence at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

All Tuesday Musical concerts are held at Witherspoon Concert Hall at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. in Omaha, Neb. Listen and learn at 7:10 p.m. before each concert as Pat Will — teacher, keyboard artist and Tuesday Musical program committee member -- briefs us on the concert to come. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Past Tuesday Musical artists have included such greats as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Pablo Casals, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Marian Anderson, Artur Rubenstein, Isaac Stern, Ezio Pinza, Rudolf Serkin, Roberta Peters, Van Cliburn, Itzak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Jessye Norman, Midori, Denyce Graves, Andre Watts, Lang Lang, Kevin Kenner and the Guarneri String Quartet, to name but a few.

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