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ASPECT Chamber Music Series Announces Spring 2020 Season in New York City

January 13, 2020 | By Katy Salomon
Account Director, Morahan Arts and Media

Katy Salomon | Morahan Arts and Media | 863.660.2214

ASPECT Chamber Music Series Announces
Spring 2020 Season in New York City

February 27: French Impressions
Works by Chausson and Fauré performed by violinist Grace Park,
pianist Gilles Vonsattel, and the Calidore String Quartet

March 11: Music, Tales & Magic
Works by Beethoven, Grieg, Chopin, Fauré, and Popper performed
by cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan and pianist Noreen Polera

April 16: Personal Diaries in A Major
Works by Brahms, Janácek, and Beethoven performed by
violinist Kristóf Baráti and pianist Enrico Pace

April 23: Sensibility: Gainsborough, Abel & Bach
Abel and J.C. Bach performed by viola da gamba player
Richard Boothby and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani 

New York, NY (January 13, 2020) — The ASPECT Chamber Music Series announces four spring 2020 concerts, part of its fourth New York City season of illuminating performances. Taking place at Bohemian National Hall and the Italian Academy at Columbia University, ASPECT’s concerts feature expertly curated chamber music by the world’s top performers alongside illustrated talks by leading musicologist and industry experts that reveal fascinating details about the program’s composers, works, and the cultural history of the time period.

ASPECT’s first concert of 2020 on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:30pm at Bohemian National Hall is titled French Impressions and features the Calidore String Quartet with violinist Grace Park and pianist Gilles Vonsattel. The program, which explores the period of French Impressionism through the paintings of Claude Monet and visual art’s effect on composers Claude Debussy and Ernest Chausson, features performances of Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21 and Debussy’s Violin Sonata in G minor with an illustrated lecture by the musicians.

Music, Tales & Magic on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7:30pm at Bohemian National Hall features a duo of cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan and pianist Noreen Polera in Beethoven’s Seven Variations from Mozart’s Magic Flute; Grieg’s Solveig Song; Chopin’s Polonaise Brilliante in C Major, Op. 3; Fauré’s Apres un Reve; Popper’s Dance of the Elves, and Grieg’s Cello Sonata. Historian John Brewer gives the illustrated lecture.

The season continues on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 7:30pm with Personal Diaries in A Major at Bohemian National Hall. Violinist Kristóf Baráti and pianist Enrico Pace perform Brahms’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100 ‘Thun’; Janácek’s  Violin Sonata, JW 7/7; and Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’ in a program featuring an illustrated talk by BBC radio host and musicologist Stephen Johnson. 

ASPECT’s 2019-2020 season closes with Sensibility: Gainsborough, Abel & Bach on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 7:30pm at the Italian Academy at Columbia University. Celebrated viola da gamba player Richard Boothby and international harpsichord sensation Mahan Esfahani perform and give an illustrated talk on how the cult of sensibility – a movement that emphasized spontaneous emotional responses to art, music and literature, a sensitivity to the suffering of others, and a love of nature – rose to popularity in mid-eighteenth-century Britain. Such ideas are apparent in the art of Thomas Gainsborough, who painted two German émigrés to London who were similarly adept at articulating direct emotions in their musical performances and compositions: Johann Christian Bach, J.S Bach’s youngest son who was to become London’s leading composer and musician, and Carl Friedrich Abel, composer and virtuoso viola da gamba player. Together, Abel and Bach set up their own concert series, which was such a success that they went on to build their own concert room, for which Gainsborough provided much of the decoration.

Program Information
French Impressions
Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:30pm
Bohemian National Hall | 321 E 73rd St  | New York, NY 10021
$45 includes wine and refreshments

Grace Park, violin
Gilles Vonsattel, piano
The Calidore String Quartet
Illustrated Lecture by the Musicians

Debussy — Violin Sonata in G minor
Chausson — Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op.21

Music, Tales & Magic
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7:30pm
Bohemian National Hall | 321 E 73rd St | New York, NY 10021
$45 includes wine and refreshments

Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello
Noreen Polera, piano
Illustrated talk by John Brewer

Beethoven – Seven Variations from Mozart’s Magic Flute
Grieg – Solveig Song
Chopin – Polonaise Brilliante in C Major, Op. 3
Fauré – Apres un Reve
Popper – Dance of the Elves
Grieg – Cello Sonata

Personal Diaries in A Major
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 7:30pm
Bohemian National Hall | 321 E 73rd St | New York, NY 10021
 $45 includes wine and refreshments

Kristóf Baráti, violin
Enrico Pace, piano
Illustrated Lecture by Stephen Johnson

Brahms – Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100 ‘Thun’
Janácek –  Violin Sonata, JW 7/7
Beethoven – Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’

Sensibility: Gainsborough, Abel & Bach
Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 7:30pm
Italian Academy | 1161 Amsterdam Ave | New York, NY 10027
$45 includes wine and refreshments

Richard Boothby, viola da gamba
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
Illustrated talk by musicians

Abel – Sonata in D Major
J. C. Bach – Sonata in D Major for Keyboard Op. 5, No. 2
Abel – Three Improvisations
Abel – Sonata in G minor
J. C. Bach – Sonata in A ?at Major for Keyboard
Abel – Sonata in A minor 

About ASPECT Chamber Music Series
ASPECT Chamber Music Series was founded by Irina Knaster in London in 2011 and relocated to New York City in 2016. ASPECT presents a new concert format – one that transforms the traditional recital into an intimate, engaging, and thought-provoking blend of performance, speech, and image.

The series’ chamber-music events feature some of today’s leading musicians and music experts. For each concert, they set the works on the program in context with presentations supported by visuals. These “illustrated talks” reveal fascinating details about the composer, the music, and the cultural history of the period in question.

ASPECT aims both to support and promote artists, and to welcome audiences old and new to explore new aspects of a classical repertoire of endless riches. It’s more than a concert. To find out more, please visit   

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