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Priscila Navarro, Piano
Saturday, August 5, 8:00 – 10:00 PM
Reserved Hall Seats: $40.00, $25.00, $22.00 (partial obstruction)
General Admission/Outdoors/Uncovered: $20.00, Students: $10
The Verona Quartet
Sunday, August 6, 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:
Saturday, August 5, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
120 Maverick Road
Woodstock, NY 12498
Woodstock, NY, July 6, 2023 The 2023 Maverick Concerts season contains a six concert mini-series that illuminates the historical significance and celebrates the current vitality of Latino and Hispanic genius in the classical and jazz traditions. Supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Latin Voices resumes on Saturday August 5 with a solo performance by the great Peruvian pianist Priscila Navarro.
Not yet 30 years old, Ms. Navarro’s mantelpiece is crowded with first-prize awards from American and international piano competitions including the Liszt-Garritson International Competition in Baltimore; Beethoven Sonata Competition in Tennessee; Chopin International Competition of Texas; Artist Series of Sarasota; Imola City Awards, Italy; and the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition. She received a Special Bach prize at the International City of Vigo Competition in Spain, where she was one of five finalists from over 400 participating pianists, with a jury presided over by the legendary Argentine virtuoso Martha Argerich.
Ms. Navarro is an in-demand performer of solo recitals, chamber works, and a large selection of concerti with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as a teenager in 2013, returning twice in 2022. Additionally, she performs in a piano duo with one of her mentors, Dr. Michael Baron. The duo released a collection of French music for two pianos in 2021, featuring works by Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Poulenc, and Ravel.
Ms. Navarro holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the Frost School of Music, where she also completed Masters and Artist Diploma degrees as a student of Santiago Rodriguez and Kevin Kenner. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida Gulf Coast University where she studied with Dr. Michael Baron. She began her music studies at the age of 9, in the National Conservatory of Peru with Professor Lydia Hung.
The centerpiece of Ms. Navarro’s Maverick program will be generous selections from the Post-Romantic Spanish titan Isaac Albéniz’s sprawling piano suite Iberia. The program also includes a recent work by the celebrated young Peruvian composer Jimmy López Bellido and several short 21st century pieces by Cuban American composer/conductor Tania León, who will appear at Maverick Hall later this summer in a concert in honor to her career achievement (September 10).
Isaac Albéniz: IBERIA, Books I and II, and “Eritana” (Book IV/3)
Tania León: Mistica (2003), Homentage (2011),
Ritual (1987), Tumbao (2013)
Jimmy López Bellido: Ccantu (2013)
Quartet-in-Residence at Oberlin College, the Verona Quartet is a truly modern string quartet, inclusive in its repertoire, broad in its interpretive range, and committed to new music and new aesthetics. Declared an “outstanding ensemble…cohesive yet full of temperament” by the New York Times, the Verona Quartet won Chamber Music America’s coveted Cleveland Quartet Award, an honor that joined a long list of first prize wins at the Wigmore Hall, Melbourne, M-Prize and Osaka International Chamber Music Competitions, as well as the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition.
Following a critically acclaimed debut recording featuring works of Ravel, Janáček, and Polish modernist Karol Szymanowski, The Verona Quartet’s second full-length, 2023’s Shatter, positions the ensemble at the center of the moment in new and boundary-shattering chamber music. Shatter showcases works written for the Verona, including Michael Gilbertson’s exquisite Pulitzer-nominated Quartet and Julia Adolphe’s Star-Crossed Signals. Much of Shatter is devoted to an adventurous collaboration with Hindustani vocalist Saili Oak on Reena Esmail’s string quartet Ragmala.
In addition to its position at Oberlin, the Quartet holds residencies at Nova Scotia’s Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance and North Carolina’s Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. As committed advocates of diverse programming, the Verona Quartet curates the UpClose Chamber Music Series on behalf of the COT, electrifying audiences from concert halls to craft breweries with their “sensational, powerhouse performance[s]” (Classical Voice America).
The Verona Quartet has appeared across four continents at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (New York City), Kennedy Center, Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), Jordan Hall (Boston), Wigmore Hall (U.K.) and Melbourne Recital Hall (Australia).
The 2022-23 season will see the Verona Quartet return to Carnegie Hall and Buffalo Chamber Music Society as well as debut at esteemed series including the Chamber Music Societies of Utica and Williamsburg, Clemson University’s Utsey Chamber Music Series, Feldman Chamber Music Music Society, Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City, and Howland Chamber Music Circle. The Quartet will also participate in guest artist residencies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Texas at Austin.
At its August 6 Maverick debut, the Verona Quartet will offer an eclectic program of classics (Mozart), canonical outliers (Verdi’s only surviving work of chamber music), and long overdue tribute (the Polish woman composer/violinist Grażyna Bacewicz’s 1951 String Quartet No. 4.)
Mozart: String Quartet No.7 in E-flat major, K.160
Grazyna Bacewicz: String Quartet No.4 (1951)
Verdi: String Quartet in E Minor
Jonathan Ong, violin
Dorothy Ro, violin
Abigail Rojansky, viola
Jonathan Dormand, cello
For the fifth Family Saturday of the 2023 season, Maverick Concerts welcomes pianist Priscila Navarro, presenting a program of family friendly musical exploration on the morning of her Maverick recital.
Latin Voices: Celebrating Hispanic and Latino Traditions in Classical and Jazz is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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.