All Festival Events

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Friday, May 13, 2016

L.A. PHILHARMONIC: KIRSHBAUM PLAYS BLOCH
Friday, May 13 – 8:00 PM  


At Walt Disney Concert Hall

In the opening concert of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, cellist and festival director, Ralph Kirshbaum, performs Bloch’s Schelomo – Hebraic Rhapsody for Violoncello and Orchestra with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under Leonard Slatkin. In the latter half of the program, the orchestra performs Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique.

Tickets to events at Walt Disney Concert Hall are sold through the WDCH Box Office.
 


Saturday, May 14, 2016

L.A. PHILHARMONIC: MØRK PLAYS ELGAR
Saturday, May 14 – 8:00 PM  


At Walt Disney Concert Hall

In the second concert of the Festival, Norwegian master cellist Truls Mørk performs Elgar’s eloquent Cello Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under Leonard Slatkin. In the latter half of the program, the orchestra performs Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique.

Tickets to events at Walt Disney Concert Hall are sold through the WDCH Box Office.
 


Sunday, May 15, 2016

L.A. PHILHARMONIC: GABETTA PLAYS MARTINŮ
Sunday, May 15 – 2:00 PM  


At Walt Disney Concert Hall

Rising star, Argentine-French cellist Sol Gabetta, performs Martinů’s vigorous and lyrical First Cello Concerto (1955 version) with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under Leonard Slatkin. In the latter half of the program, the orchestra performs Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique.

Tickets to events at Walt Disney Concert Hall are sold through the WDCH Box Office.

GALA OPENING CONCERT AT USC
Sunday, May 15 – 4:30 PM  


USC’s Bovard Auditorium

The Festival opens on its home campus, the University of Southern California, with a concert featuring Cello Duello from Germany (Jens Peter Maintz and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt), improvisation by Giovanni Sollima, and Te Amo Argentina, a performance of music, dance and visuals, the brainchild of cellist Antonio Lysy.

COLBURN CELEBRITY RECITAL: YO-YO MA AND KATHRYN STOTT
Sunday, May 15 – 7:30 PM  


At Walt Disney Concert Hall

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his longtime musical partner, pianist Kathryn Stott, perform in an intimate recital at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

PROGRAM:

  • Bach (Arr: Gounod): Ave Maria
  • Sibelius: Was it a dream?, Op. 37. No. 4
  • Gade: Tango Jalousie
  • Debussy: Beau Soir
  • Schubert: Ave Maria, D. 839
  • Shostakovich: Sonata in D minor, Op. 40
  • Sollima: Il bell’Antonio
  • Franck: Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano

Tickets to events at Walt Disney Concert Hall are sold through the WDCH Box Office.
 


Monday, May 16, 2016

LUNCH CONCERT: ROBERT DEMAINE
Monday, May 16 – 1:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Robert deMaine performs Hindemith’s Solo Sonata, Op. 25, No. 3, Cassadó’s Suite, and deMaine’s Etudes-Caprices.

MASTER CLASS WITH RAPHAEL WALLFISCH
Monday, May 16 – 3:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Internationally lauded English cellist Raphael Wallfisch, known for his performances of British cello concerti, presents a master class.

QUINTET+: CALDER QUARTET & SOLLIMA + LEONARD + SAKURA
Monday, May 16 – 6:30 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Unique and versatile cello quintet, SAKURA, begins this evening concert with Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy. Cellist Ronald Leonard and pianist Bernadene Blaha then perform Boccherini’s Adagio and Allegro, followed by Barber’s Sonata in C minor, Op. 6. The concert concludes with the Calder Quartet and cellist Giovanni Sollima performing Boccherini’s Quintet in C major Op. 28, No. 4.

EVENING RECITAL: FRANS HELMERSON & TRULS MØRK
Monday, May 16 – 8:00 PM  


USC’s Bovard Auditorium

Cellist Frans Helmerson and pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald open the first Evening Recital with Debussy’s Sonate for Cello and Piano, and then continue with Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19. After intermission, cellist Truls Mørk and pianist Bernadene Blaha, perform Grieg’s Intermezzo, EG115, followed by Sibelius’s Romance and Religioso, Op. 78, Nos. 2 and 3, and Grieg’s Sonata in A minor, Op. 36.
 


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

MASTER CLASS WITH JENS PETER MAINTZ
Tuesday, May 17 – 10:00 AM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

German cellist Jens Peter Maintz, renowned for his recordings of Haydn, leads a master class.

MASTER CLASS WITH TRULS MØRK
Tuesday, May 17 – 1:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Distinguished Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk, awarded the 2010 Sibelius Prize, leads a master class.

COLBURN CELEBRITY RECITAL: CELLOFEST WITH RALPH KIRSHBAUM
Tuesday, May 17 – 8:00 PM  


At Walt Disney Concert Hall

The distinguished Emerson Quartet, joined by cellist and festival director Ralph Kirshbaum, perform Schubert’s Quintet in C major, D956. In the second half of the program, cello quintet SAKURA and their special guests perform Dean’s highly evocative Twelve Angry Men. Finally, a massive ensemble of virtuosic cellists will take the stage to premiere Anna Clyne’s Threads and Traces, as well as movements from Villa-Lobos’s beloved Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1, W246.

Tickets to events at Walt Disney Concert Hall are sold through the WDCH Box Office.
 


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

MASTER CLASS WITH RONALD LEONARD
Wednesday, May 18 – 10:00 AM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Acclaimed American cellist Ronald Leonard, former holder of the prestigious Piatigorsky Endowed Chair in Violoncello at USC, leads a master class.

LUNCH CONCERT: WOLFGANG EMANUEL SCHMIDT
Wednesday, May 18 – 1:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Cellist Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and pianist Robert Thies perform Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Shostakovich’s Sonata, and Debussy’s Beau Soir and Minstrels.

MASTER CLASS WITH MISCHA MAISKY
Wednesday, May 18 – 3:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

The celebrated Latvian-born Israeli cellist Mischa Maisky, who studied under Piatigorsky, leads a master class.

QUINTET+: CALDER QUARTET & LYSY + LESSER + SAKURA
Wednesday, May 18 – 6:30 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

This concert begins with the SAKURA cello quintet performing madrigals by Dowland, Farmer, and Gesualdo. Cellist Laurence Lesser then tackles Bach’s Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 (lute version). The concert concludes with the Calder Quartet and cellist Antonio Lysy performing Onslow’s Quintet No. 15 in C major Op. 48 (The Bullet).

EVENING RECITAL: SOL GABETTA & DAVID GERINGAS
Wednesday, May 18 – 8:00 PM  


USC’s Bovard Auditorium

Cellist Sol Gabetta and pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald open the second Evening Recital with Chopin’s Sonata in G minor, Op. 65 and his Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 16a. After intermission, cellist David Geringas and pianist Rina Dokshitsky, perform Schnittke’s Cello Sonata No. 1. Geringas then performs Vasks’s Das Buch for Cello Solo and is joined by the Calder Quartet for Šenderovas’s David’s Song and Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile.
 


Thursday, May 19, 2016

MASTER CLASS WITH LAURENCE LESSER
Thursday, May 19 – 10:00 AM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

The distinguished American cellist Laurence Lesser, former student and teaching assistant to Piatigorsky, leads a master class.

LUNCH CONCERT: ZUILL BAILEY
Thursday, May 19 – 1:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Bernadene Blaha perform Boccherini’s Sonata in C Major, Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, Piatigorsky’s Paganini Variations, Chopin’s Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, and Foss’s Capriccio.

MASTER CLASS WITH THOMAS DEMENGA
Thursday, May 19 – 3:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Swiss cellist Thomas Demenga, an internationally renowned soloist, composer and teacher, leads a master class.

 

IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP WITH GIOVANNI SOLLIMA  
Thursday, May 19 – 5:30 PM

USC’s Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall

Italian composer and cellist Giovanni Sollima communicates music full of Mediterranean rhythms, with a melodic vein typically Italian in nature. He writes mainly for the cello and contributes significantly to the creation of new repertoire for the instrument. Sollima leads a workshop in improvisation geared towards helping cellists express themselves more fluently through their instruments.

This event is free. Seating is first-come, first-served.

EVENING CONCERTO CONCERT: GERINGAS, QIN & WALLFISCH
Thursday, May 19 – 8:00 PM  


USC’s Bovard Auditorium

Soloists David Geringas, Li-Wei Qin, and Raphael Wallfisch will join conductor Uriel Segal and the USC Thornton Chamber Singers and Wind Ensemble for a performance of Ibert’s Concerto for Cello and Wind Instruments (Wallfisch), Gulda’s Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra (Qin), and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Canticle of the Sun for Cello, Chamber Choir and Percussion (Geringas).
 


Friday, May 20, 2016

FESTIVAL EXHIBIT HALL  
Friday, May 20 – 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM


USC’s Town & Gown

Located in USC’s beautiful Town and Gown building, just steps from Newman Recital Hall, the Exhibit Hall features instrument makers and dealers, as well as accessories and other items of interest to cellists.

MASTER CLASS WITH COLIN CARR
Friday, May 20 – 10:00 AM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Celebrated British cellist Colin Carr, who appears throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher, shares his insights in a master class.

LUNCH CONCERT: WENDY WARNER
Friday, May 20 – 1:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Rina Dokshitsky perform Brahms’s Sonata in E Minor, Op. 38 and Popper’s Im Walde Suite, Op. 50.

MASTER CLASS WITH JEAN-GUIHEN QUEYRAS
Friday, May 20 – 3:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Internationally acclaimed French-Canadian cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras leads a master class.

QUINTET+: CALDER QUARTET & HELMERSON + SOLOW + SAKURA
Friday, May 20 – 6:30 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

SAKURA begins this evening concert with Wilson’s Lament in memory of Matthew Shepard. Cellist Jeffrey Solow and pianist Ayke Agus then perform Piatigorsky’s transcriptions of Haydn’s Divertimento in D major, Schubert’s Introduction, Theme and Variations, Op. 82, No. 2, and Weber’s Sonata in A major, Op. 10b, No. 5. The concert concludes with the Calder Quartet and cellist Frans Helmerson performing two movements of Taneyev’s String Quintet in G major, Op. 14.

EVENING RECITAL: MATT HAIMOVITZ & MISCHA MAISKY
Friday, May 20 – 8:00 PM  


USC’s Bovard Auditorium

Cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O’Riley open this Evening Recital with Glass’s The Orchard, followed by Radiohead’s Pyramid Song, Kino’s Kukushka, and Prokofiev’s Sonata in C major for Cello and Piano, Op. 119. After intermission, cellist Mischa Maisky and pianist Lily Maisky, perform Webern’s Two Pieces and Three Little Pieces, Op. 11, followed by two movements from Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps and Britten’s Sonata in C major, Op. 65.
 


Saturday, May 21, 2016

FESTIVAL EXHIBIT HALL  
Saturday, May 21 – 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM


USC’s Town & Gown

Located in USC’s beautiful Town and Gown building, just steps from Newman Recital Hall, the Exhibit Hall features instrument makers and dealers, as well as accessories and other items of interest to cellists.

MASTER CLASS WITH RALPH KIRSHBAUM
Saturday, May 21 – 10:00 AM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Piatigorsky International Cello Festival artistic director Ralph Kirshbaum leads students in a master class.

LUNCH CONCERT: AMIT PELED
Saturday, May 21 – 1:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Cellist Amit Peled and pianist Noreen Polera perform works Kopytmann’s Kaddish for Cello and Piano, Tsintzadze’s Five Folk Pieces for Cello and Piano, and the West Coast Premiere of Auerbach’s La Suite del Ocells.

MASTER CLASS WITH DAVID GERINGAS
Saturday, May 21 – 3:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

One of the most versatile performers and respected teachers in the world today, Lithuanian cellist David Geringas leads a master class.

 

REMEMBERING GREGOR PIATIGORSKY  
Saturday, May 21 – 6:30 PM

USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Four of Piatigorsky’s outstanding former students—Laurence Lesser, Mischa Maisky, Jeffrey Solow, and Raphael Wallfisch—celebrate the career of their great teacher through film and panel discussion, hosted by KUSC executive producer Gail Eichenthal. The spirit of Festival namesake Gregor Piatigorsky will be present not only in the recollections of his students, but also in images and the sound of his voice.

This event is free. Seating is first-come, first-served.

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Saturday, MAY 21 at 8:00 PM  


USC’s Bovard Auditorium

Four extraordinary cellists collaborate with the renowned Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in the Baroque masterworks of Platti, Vivaldi, Boccherini, Leo, and C.P.E. Bach.

Jean-Guihen Queyras leads Platti’s Concerto in D minor, WD 657. Colin Carr leads on Vivaldi’s Concerto in C minor, RV 401. Thomas Demenga leads on Boccherini’s Concerto in G major, G. 480. Giovanni Sollima leads on Leo’s Concerto No. 3 in D minor, L. 60. And, Jean-Guihen Gueyras returns to the helm for C.P.E. Bach’s Concerto in A major, Wq. 172, H. 439.

Immediately following the performance, Festival artistic director Ralph Kirshbaum and LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer host an audience Q&A with the evening’s soloists.
 


Sunday, May 22, 2016

FESTIVAL EXHIBIT HALL  
Sunday, May 22 – 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM


USC’s Town & Gown

Located in USC’s beautiful Town and Gown building, just steps from Newman Recital Hall, the Exhibit Hall features instrument makers and dealers, as well as accessories and other items of interest to cellists.
 

WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG CELLISTS  
Sunday, May 22 – 9:00 AM

USC’s Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall

The Young Cellists Workshop, directed by Festival artist and UCLA professor of cello Antonio Lysy, gathers selected pre-college-age cellists for a morning workshop. At 10:30am, their work will be showcased in a performance.

The Workshop will be followed at 11:00am by a panel on Fine Instruments.
This event is free. Seating is first-come, first-served.
 

FORUM ON FINE INSTRUMENTS  
Sunday, May 22 – 11:00 AM

USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

This Forum on Fine Instruments, hosted by Festival artistic director and USC Thornton Strings department chair Ralph Kirshbaum and UCLA professor of cello Antonio Lysy, offers information and suggestions to help players find and purchase fine instruments. A Q&A session follows the discussion.

This event is free. Seating is first-come, first-served.

LUNCH CONCERT: NAREK HAKHNAZARYAN
Sunday, May 22 – 1:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan and pianist Noreen Polera perform Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70, Brahms’s Sonata in F Major, Op. 99, Ligeti’s Sonata for Solo Cello, Khachaturian’s Lullaby, and Paganini’s Variations on 1 String on a Theme by Rossini, “Moses”.

MASTER CLASS WITH FRANS HELMERSON
Sunday, May 22 – 3:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

The highly esteemed Swedish cellist and pedagogue, Frans Helmerson, leads a master class.
 

LECTURE: “DON’T BE AN URTEXT VICTIM” WITH JEFFREY SOLOW
Sunday, May 22 – 6:00 PM  

USC’s Bovard Auditorium

In this featured lecture, cellist Jeffrey Solow challenges some of the assumptions that musicians make when relying on urtext editions to dig deeper into the composer’s work. Instead, he argues, musicians can reach a more informed place of performance through research, logic, and intuition.

Purchase of a ticket to the Closing Gala Concert allows access to this lecture.

BEETHOVEN CLOSING GALA CONCERT
Sunday, May 22 – 7:00 PM  


USC’s Bovard Auditorium

The 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival concludes with a spectacular gala concert, featuring a host of renowned musicians performing Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano.

  • Sonata in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1 (Ronald Leonard & pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald)
  • Variations in E flat Major (Laurence Lesser & pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald)
  • Sonata in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1 (Thomas Demenga & pianist Bernadene Blaha)
  • Sonata in A Major, Op. 69 (Colin Carr & pianist Bernadene Blaha)
  • Variations in F Major (Matt Haimovitz & pianist Christopher O’Riley)
  • Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2 (Mischa Maisky & pianist Lily Maisky)
  • Variations in G Major (Andrew Shulman & pianist Jeffrey Kahane)
  • Sonata in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2 (Jean-Guihen Queyras & pianist Jeffrey Kahane)