Wednesday, October 19, 2016

BACH AND BEYOND - Chamber Music @ Eleventh Street Arts

Grand Central Atelier and Eleventh Street Arts recently welcomed Michelle Ross as our newest resident artist. Last year, Eleventh Street was honored with Ross' performances of the complete solo Bach Violin cycle. Thursday, October 27th marks the first concert in the inaugural season of Chamber Music @ Eleventh Street Arts, a three-part series curated by Ross. We celebrate this exciting new program with Bach's Goldberg Variations in a string trio arrangement by violinist Dimitry Sitkovertsky. This music will be juxtaposed with French composer Maurice Ravel's Piano Trio a kaleidoscope of color, with it's third movement, Passacaille, an interesting homage to Baroque composition.

Michelle Ross, violin     
Margaret Dyer Harris, viola     
Jia Kim, cello     
Brook Speltz, cello     
Euntaek Kim, piano

"Chamber music is about our humanity: a model where democracy, unity, and transcendent beauty all exist, each of the members coming together for a greater whole. Composers often write the most intimate and profound ideas in these ensemble works. My performances last year at Eleventh Street Arts felt like a place where I could take risks and grow my craft in front of and with a curious and warm audience. I am so excited to bring more musicians into this space this year, and for us to create moments of discovery for everyone, performers and audience alike. 

The Goldberg Variations is an incredibly spiritual piece. Having spent so much time immersed in solo Bach, playing this piece (in this string trio arrangement) with two other players reveals so much of the polyphony and conversation that happens within Bach's music - there is extreme  joy in sharing this process with other players. It's a different experience from tackling Bach alone, which can feel scary; the Aria and its 30 variations of unbridled joy. Ravel's piano trio is an extremely different work in comparison, but I love the juxtaposition of their sound worlds and think it will be a unique listening experience to hear both of them in the same concert. 

We can't wait!" -- Michelle Ross  

purchase the $10 tickets here: Eleventh Street Arts

listen to Suggested Donation Podcast interview with Michelle Ross here

Bach and Beyond 
Chamber Music @ Eleventh Street Arts
46-06 11th ST, Long Island City, NY 11101  
7:00 pm 
refreshments will be served
Q&A with artists after performance 
tickets $10

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