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Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in the Opening Gala of the 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. The performance includes Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Strauss's Don Quixote featuring acclaimed cellist Mischa Maisky and distinguished violist and Thornton faculty member Yura Lee. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative. Program Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture Richard Strauss: Don Quixote
The Recital Gala features festival cellists performing works of Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. A pre-concert talk, presented by American cellist Jeffrey Solow, will begin at 7:00pm. Cellists: Chiara Enderle Samatanga, David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Antonio Lysy, Mischa Maisky, Andrew Shulman, Laura van der Heijden, Quirine Viersen, and Raphael Wallfisch. Pianists: Bernadene Blaha, Jujo Pohjonen, and Robert Thies.
The Piatigorsky Festival Orchestra, comprised primarily of faculty members and former students of the USC Thornton School of Music, performs works of Vivaldi, Weinberg, Sallinen, Sollima and Costanzi. Vivaldi: Concerto for two cellos in g minor, RV 531(Jens Peter Maintz and Schmidt); Weinberg: Concertino(Raphael Wallfisch); Sallinen: Nocturnal Dances of Don Juan Quixote (Zlatomir Fung); Sollima: Violoncelles vibrez! (Sollima, Istvan Vardai, and SAKURA); Costanzi: Concerto in G major (Giovanni Sollima); Costanzi: Concerto in F major (Giovanni Sollima)
An evening recital featuring German cellist, Maria Kliegel, with pianist, Robert Thies, performing works of Onslow, Schumann, and Fazil Say, and Lithuanian cellist, David Geringas, with pianist, Bernadene Blaha, performing works of Weinberg, Grigory Krein and Julian Krein.
An evening recital with the exceptional, Cello Duello featuring Jens Peter Maintz and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt performing various works of Haydn, Dutilleux, Paganini, Prokofiev, Weinberg, Piatigorsky, Rostropovich, Weber, Offenbach, and Handel-Halvorsen.
An evening recital featuring cellist, Torleif Thedéen, with pianist, Juho Pohjonen, in works of Barber and Grieg, and cellist, Wendy Warner, with pianist, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, performing works of Myaskovsky and Britten.
An evening recital featuring Italian virtuoso cellist and composer Giovanni Sollima, performing works for unaccompanied cello, and Award-winning Hungarian cellist and rising star István Várdai with pianist Bernadene Blaha, performing works of Kodaly, Janacek, Schubert, and Popper.
French/Canadian cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, performing unaccompanied works by Ligeti and Kodaly, and British cellist Steven Isserlis with pianist Ya-Fei Chuang performs works of Beethoven, Schumann, and Kabalevsky.