AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL
Music - Dance - Theatre - Visual Arts - Film
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Join us for the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble’s critically acclaimed Reflections Series International, as violinist Gil Morgenstern celebrates his 35th season as Artistic Director of the chamber music ensemble that has served as the cornerstone of the festival’s classical music programming. Every summer, several of the nation’s most distinguished chamber musicians assemble to create a memorable classical music experience for festival audiences. The series opens on June 30, with additional concerts on July 2, 28 and 30.
The Broyhill Chamber Ensemble’s opening concert, The Trio Takes Form, charts the progression of the popular trio form over 75 years, from Haydn to Beethoven to Mendelssohn.
Gil Morgenstern, violin
Francesca dePasquale, violin
Jessica Thompson, viola
Christine Lamprea, cello
Benjamin Hochman, piano
June 30 Program:
Divertimento for String Trio No. 8 in B-Flat Major, Hob. V:8 (1765) - Joseph Haydn
Adagio con variazioni
String Trio Op.9 No. 3 in c minor (1797) - Ludwig van Beethoven
Allegro con spirito
Adagio con espressione
Scherzo: Allegro molto e vivace
Piano Trio in d minor, Op. 49 (1839) - Felix Mendelssohn
Molto Allegro agitato
Andante con moto tranquillo
Allegro assai appassionato
The Broyhill Chamber Ensemble is an extraordinary association of internationally acclaimed musicians which, in association with Reflections Series International, presents an alternative to the conventional approach to chamber music programming. The series opens on June 30, with additional concerts on July 2, 28 and 30.
Reflections Series International presents solo and chamber music along with works of different artistic disciplines, engaging its audiences in combinations of music, text and images. Using both existing and original works, and with the collaboration of a superb ensemble of creative and performing artists representing all art forms, Reflections programs present works that both reflect upon one another and invite the audience to reflect anew on universal themes.
Acclaimed for his artistry and technical brilliance, violinist Gil Morgenstern is devoted to expanding the traditional classical music concert experience. His vision is to unlock the mystery surrounding classical music by presenting the audience with a more complete concert experience, meticulously curated from start to finish, placing music in an historical and artistic context, and organically integrating it with other artistic disciplines in innovative and unexpected ways. The New York Times describes him as a “brilliant and musically curious artist.”
Morgenstern founded Reflections Series International with the goal of creating original programs combining music, visual art, cinema, dance, poetry and prose. Morgenstern invites audiences to reflect on the relationships between artistic disciplines and to reflect anew on universal themes. Since its inaugural performance in 2007, Reflections Series International has grown to have a presence throughout the United States and Europe.
A violinist with a long history of performing in the world’s great concert halls, Morgenstern’s career has taken him to international venues including Wigmore Hall, London; Cultural Center Concert Hall, Hong Kong; the American Academy, Rome; Salone dei Cinquecento, Florence; El Teatro Sucre, Quito; and Arts Centre and State Theatre, Melbourne, Australia. Morgenstern’s discography includes works by Beethoven, Fauré, Copland, Ravel, Kodaly, Sessions and the award-winning American composer George Tsontakis. His latest recording, 20th Century Duos for Violin and Cello, was the No. 1 classical CD for over a month on emusic, the largest online store for independent music in the world, and was one of the top ten best selling classical music albums on Amazon. The New York Times raved, “the music is terrific and the performances compelling on this surprisingly exciting and excellently engineered recording.” Mr. Morgenstern’s newest CD, Concerto by Bruce Saylor for Violin and Orchestra, is due to be released in 2019.
Gil Morgenstern’s many honors include a command performance at the White House when he was just 21 years old, a performance at the inaugural festivities for President Clinton, and a citation from the floor of the House of Representatives entered in the Congressional Record for outstanding service in the arts.