The Norfolk Chamber Consort, under the direction of Dr. Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn, present Lenny & His Friends, celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a showcase of works that illuminate the variegated talents of this great American composer, conductor, and musical personality.
The concert begins with Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, with clarinetist Kevin Clasen accompanied at the piano by Dr. Andrey Kasparov. Written between 1941 and 1942, the Sonata was the composer’s first published composition.
The program continues with a selection of Bernstein’s keyboard works, including those dedicated to his friends, Aaron Copland and Paul Bowles. Performed by Oksana Lutsyshyn, there also will be piano music by Virgil Thomson, Bernstein’s close friend and mentor, written in tribute to Copland and Bowles, respectively.
These miniatures will then be followed by the brilliant aria, “Glitter and Be Gay,” from Bernstein’s operetta, Candide, performed for the occasion by virtuoso coloratura soprano Elizabeth Hogue, with Dr. Kasparov at the piano.
Kasparov and Lutsyshyn shall then join forces as the award-winning Invencia Piano Duo, concluding the first half with three of Paul Bowles’ original pieces for piano duo: “Night Waltz,” “Nocturne” and “Turkey Trot.”
All three selections were included on the second of two compact discs produced by Invencia Piano Duo, released by the American Classics Division of Naxos Records, and which featured Paul Bowles’ complete piano works.
The Invencia Duo will open the second half with Aaron Copland’s Danzón Cubano and Danza de Jalisco, both of which highlight Bernstein’s shared affinity for Latin American motifs.
Next on the bill, vocalist Cailin Crane, Runner-Up of the 2015 Lisa Relaford Coston Voice Competition, will appear in two of Bernstein’s art songs, “Piccola Serenata” and “Silhouette” (Galilee), as well as, “My New Friends,” from the 1979 Broadway musical production, The Madwoman of Central Park West.
To include the talents of flute soloist Wayla Chambo (Associate Artistic Director, Norfolk Chamber Consort), percussionists David Walker, Sara Williams and Jon Wudijono, and pianists Oksana Lutsyshyn and Nichole Dorobanov, the evening will conclude with Bernstein’s, Halil: Nocturne for Flute, Percussion and Piano, all under the baton of Dr. Andrey Kasparov.
A catered reception follows the performance, with food provided by The Green Onion restaurant of Norfolk’s historic Ghent.
Tickets at the door $25.00, Students $10.00.
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