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Adam Tendler, Piano, and Alexander Platt, Reciter, Piano Recital
Saturday, July 29, 8:00 – 10:00 PM
Reserved Hall Seats: $50.00, $29.00, $25.00 (partial obstruction)
General Admission/Outdoors/Uncovered: $20.00, Students: $10
The Danish String Quartet
Sunday, July 30, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
(Reserved Hall Seats: $50.00, $29.00, $25.00 (partial obstruction)
General Admission/Outdoors/Uncovered: $20.00, Students: $10.00
Maverick Family Saturdays:
Tracy Bonham and Melodeon: Music that Teaches Music
Saturday, July 29, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
120 Maverick Road
Woodstock, NY 12498
Woodstock, NY, June 30, 2023 Classical music owes much of its resurgent vitality (and its newfound street cred) to the iconoclastic and provocative spirit of performers like the pianist Adam Tendler. Recognized as one of the world’s premier interpreters of Modernist and contemporary piano music, Mr. Tendler has lavished attention on living composers, has advanced bold canonical claims in his repertoire and recordings, and has displayed a willing enthusiasm for all kinds of collisions between musical genres and between art forms.
A recipient of the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists and the 2022 Yvar Mikhashoff Prize, Mr. Tendler has been called “the hottest pianist on the American contemporary classical scene” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), a “remarkable and insightful musician” (LA Times), and a “relentlessly adventurous pianist” (Washington Post). While In his early twenties, Mr. Tendler performed in all fifty United States as part of a grassroots recital tour he called America 88×50, which became the subject and title of his subsequent memoir, 88×50, a Kirkus Indie Book of the Month and Lambda Literary Award nominee.
A pioneer of DIY culture in concert music who has commissioned and premiered major works by Christian Wolff and Devonté Hynes, Mr. Tendler is also a welcome presence in the most prestigious large halls, appearing as soloist with the LA Philharmonic and on the mainstages of Carnegie Hall and BAM. He has been presented by the NY Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and a host of other leading series and platforms.
For his Maverick program–entitled “The Abrupt Ending, of a Prolonged Vibration:” Works for Narrator and Piano, in Memory of Ned Rorem—Mr. Tendler focuses exclusively on Modernist and Postmodern piano music. Selections include Aaron Copland’s 1930 Piano Variations, an exemplary piece from the composer’s less populist, more cerebral “second style” period; Piano Sonata No. 1 (1952) by the Argentine genius Alberto Ginastera; the signature 1979 Philip Glass composition “Mad Rush;” and Ned Rorem’s Eight Etudes for Piano.
For a performance of the Les Six composer Darius Milhaud’s work for narrator and piano “From the Album of Madame Bovary,” Mr. Tendler will be joined by Maverick Music Director Alexander Platt. Recently honored by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, Mr. Platt has fashioned his own unique and inclusive path through the worlds of symphony, chamber music, and opera. In addition to his summer position at Maverick, Mr. Platt is Music Director of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra, and the Wisconsin Philharmonic. Previously he spent twelve seasons as Resident Conductor and Music Advisor at Chicago Opera Theater, where he led the Chicago premieres of such landmark 20th-century operas as Britten’s Death In Venice, John Adams’ Nixon in China, Shostakovich’s Moscow Paradise, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter Brook’s The Tragedy of Carmen, the Tony Kushner/Maurice Sendak Brundibar, the first full staging of Schoenberg’s Erwartung, and the world-premiere recording of Kurka’s The Good Soldier Schweik — all to high acclaim in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Opera News, Opera Canada, and both the Chicago papers.
Twenty years into its existence, The Danish String Quartet has achieved a rare combination of critical and commercial success. The Grammy-nominated quartet produced one of the most popular classical records in recent memory with 2017’s Last Leaf, their second collection of complex arrangements of Scandinavian folk music (a third is planned for this year). On the heels of that crossover success, the Danish Quartet then undertook several massively ambitious and technically challenging projects. The five-part Prism series (released, like much of the quartet’s work, on the legendary jazz and classical label ECM) explores the musical and contextual relationships between Bach fugues, Beethoven string quartets, and works by Shostakovich, Schnittke, Bartok, Mendelssohn, and Webern. Several of these recordings have received a level of popular attention and online streaming almost unheard of in their genre.
Concurrently with Prism, the Danish String Quartet initiated its DOPPELGÄNGER series, a four-year, thematically driven commissioning project that pairs world premiere commissions from four renowned composers—Bent Sørensen, Lotta Wennäkoski, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Thomas Adès—with late major chamber works by Schubert. Each season, the Quartet performs a world premiere on a program with its doppelgänger—the Schubert quartet or quintet that inspired it. DOPPELGÄNGER pieces are commissioned by the Danish String Quartet with the support of Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances, UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures, Vancouver Recital Society, Flagey in Brussels, and Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. The Quartet performs 28 concerts in North American this season over the course of three separate tours. Additionally, they are Artist in Residence at London’s Wigmore Hall.
Haydn: String Quartet in G Minor, Op.20 No.3
Shostakovich: String Quartet No.7
Britten: Three Divertimenti (1933)
Schubert: String Quartet in A Minor, “Rosamunde”
Frederik Øland, violin
Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violin
Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola
Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, cello
This concert is in memory of Geoff Nuttall, first violin of the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
For the fourth Family Saturday of the 2023 season, Maverick Concerts welcomes Tracy Bonham and Melodeon. The two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and blazing multi-instrumentalist Bonham exploded on the alternative rock scene in with her 1996 debut, The Burdens of Being Upright. Since then, she has released a steady stream of diverse and vibrant original records while also pursuing a career as a high profile session- and touring-musician. In recent years, Ms. Bonham has developed a popular music education program for children. With Melodeon: Music that Teaches Music, Ms. Bonham celebrates the joy of learning and shares her passion for music theory and harmony through original songs, stories and movement. Tracy’s music connects children to their inner beings, hearts, and minds and to others around them. In general, Music education is an essential tool for confidence building, early math skills, and communication skills.
Maverick Concerts, the oldest continuous summer chamber music festival in America, is set amid the serene Catskill woodland just outside Woodstock, NY. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the uniquely charming rustic hall has superb acoustics and is the ideal venue for an intimate encounter with chamber music. Maverick presents concerts by internationally renowned classical, jazz, and contemporary music ensembles from July through early September. Maverick Concerts sustains the vision of its founder, Hervey White, who built the historic concert hall in 1916 and opened his land and hospitality to artists, musicians, and the community. Concerts are on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Maverick Family Saturdays, short interactive events designed for kids of all ages, are free and open to everyone on Saturday mornings.