FRIDAYS@7 — YUJA WANG, Cleveland Orchestra - KENIA / Nighttown


Music Cleveland! presents FRIDAYS@7 - 

 


Who: Music Cleveland! FRIDAYS@7 

What: Yuja Wang at The Cleveland Orchestra’s Fridays@7

When: Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m.

Where: Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue, 44106

DRINKS:  Nighttown after - Kenia will join us there!

Yuja Wang and The Cleveland Orchestra - Friday, MARCH 7 at 7 p.m.

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

Yuja Wang, piano – Severance Hall debut


KeyBank Fridays@7

PROKOFIEV  Classical Symphony
RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 3

@fterParty - Post-Concert April 11 — Brazilian Carnival 

Brazilian sensation Kenia brings her ensemble to Severance Hall for a taste of Carnival.  Born in a working class suburb of Rio de Janeiro, Kenia's route through life's journey brought her under the influence of a variety of Brazil's musical types and peoples.  As an singer and entertainer, she has created her own style blending traditions with modern, jazz with soul, enriched with Latin beat and rhythm. 

Kenia will join us after for a nightcap at Nighttown!

On Youtube (click here)

Kenia web site (click here)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EWgYg5Iicqk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EWgYg5Iicqk


Yuja Wang

Twenty-seven year old pianist Yuja Wang is widely recognized as one of the most important artists of her generation.  Regularly lauded for her controlled, prodigious technique, Yuja has been praised for her authority over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire, the depth of her musical insight, as well as her fresh interpretations and charismatic stage presence.

Yuja is an exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon. Following her debut recording, Sonatas & Etudes, Gramophone magazine named Yuja the Classic FM 2009 Young Artist of the Year. For her second recording, Transformation, Yuja received an Echo Klassik award as “Young Artist of the Year”.  Yuja next collaborated with Maestro Claudio Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra to record her first concerto album featuring Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and his Concerto No. 2 in C minor which was nominated for a Grammy as “Best Classical Instrumental Solo.” This was followed by, Fantasia, a collection of encore pieces by Albéniz, Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saëns, Scriabin and others.

In the years since her 2005 debut with the National Arts Center Orchestra led by Pinchas Zukerman, Yuja has already performed with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including those of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, in the U.S., and abroad with the Berlin Staatskapelle, China Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orquesta Nacional España, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart and Santa Cecilia, among others.

In 2006 Yuja made her New York Philharmonic debut at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival and performed with the orchestra the following season under Lorin Maazel during the Philharmonic’s Japan/Korea visit.  In 2008 she toured the United States with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields led by Sir Neville Marriner, and in 2009 Yuja performed as soloist with the You Tube Symphony Orchestra led by Michael Tilson Thomas at Carnegie Hall.  That summer Yuja joined Abbado at the Lucerne Music Festival performing and recording Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and went on to perform with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Abbado on tour in China.

Yuja regularly gives recitals in major cities throughout Asia, Europe and North America.  She is a dedicated performer of chamber music appearing at summer festivals throughout the world including annual appearances at Switzerland’s Verbier Festival.  In March 2011 Yuja performed in a three-concert chamber series at the Salle Pleyel in Paris with principal players from the Berlin Philharmonic.  She made her Carnegie Hall recital debut at Stern Hall in October 2011.

Many of the world’s esteemed conductors have collaborated with Yuja including Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Mikko Franck, Manfred Honeck, Pietari Inkinen, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Antonio Pappano, Yuri Temirkanov and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Last year Yuja returned to the Israel Philharmonic to work with Zubin Mehta, followed by a tour of the U.S. that included performances at Carnegie and Disney halls.  She then launched into a three-week tour of Asia with the San Francisco Symphony and Tilson Thomas, traveling to Macau, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan.  Yuja again joined the Berlin Philharmonic’s principal players, this time with a series of all-Brahms concerts at Salle Pleyel in Paris.  In spring 2013 she was presented by the Berlin Philharmonic in recital at the Philharmonie, and returned to Carnegie Hall in both recital and a concerto appearance with the San Francisco Symphony.  Her season included a recital tour of Japan where she made her Suntory Hall debut.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YKrtKKq3eTo

This season the London Symphony Orchestra have invited Yuja as their featured artist in the LSO Artist Portrait series for 2014 which includes performing three concertos, a recital and chamber music in London, followed by a tour of China with Daniel Harding conducting.  She makes her debut with the Hungarian National Philharmonic conducted by Zoltan Kocsis performing Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 2.  Yuja’s frequent summer collaborations with violinist Leonidas Kavakos are extended further as they will undertake multiple tours of Europe focusing on the great violin and piano sonatas of Brahms.  She returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for subscription concerts and on tour in the U.S. with Dudamel conducting.  Yuja also returns to the Boston Symphony, Sir Andrew Davis conducting, and the Cleveland Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero conducting.

At a young age Yuja entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing to study under Ling Yuan and Zhou Guangren.  From 1999 to 2001 she participated in the Morningside Music summer program at Calgary’s Mount Royal College, an artistic and cultural exchange program between Canada and China, and began studying with Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at the Mount Royal College Conservatory. Yuja then moved to the U.S. to study with Gary Graffman at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she graduated in 2008. In 2006 she received the Gilmore Young Artist Award, and in 2010 was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.  Yuja is a Steinway Artist.

Updated July 2013


An early start time and an hour-long concert by The Cleveland Orchestra featuring world-class musicians and friends from Music Cleveland! — the perfect way to spend a Friday night. And afterward, more music and more fun in an @fterparty of world music.


To better accommodate the timing of the concert and @fterparty, we’ll grab some snacks and perhaps a cocktail before the concert at the tables across from the box office and ticket pick-up windows.

A fine selection of light fare and wine is available from the walk-up bar on the ground level.

Then we'll meet members outside the Box Office on the Ground Floor around 6:30 p.m. and head up to our seats by 6:45 p.m. Don't be late as the ushers will NOT seat patrons after the concert begins.  

Since there is no intermission, look for us after the concert close to the performers right in front of the stage in the Grand Concourse for the @fter party!

Depending upon the hour and members inclination, we may head over to Nighttown's patio (12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights,[masked]) for a late dinner and or nightcap after the party. Meet us by the stage and share your thoughts or text to the number provided in our before-concert email.

We always send out a reminder email the day before an event.

KEYBANK FRIDAYS@7 — featuring Yuja Wang

PROKOFIEV  Classical Symphony
RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 3


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=F_jJ5dsjoEU

Wang’s awesome Rachmaninoff

By Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle
Published: June 18, 2012

At this point, there’s no more news to report about Yuja Wang. She is, quite simply, the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today, and there’s nothing left to do but sit back, listen and marvel at her artistry.

Happily for local audiences, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony were among the first to recognize her pre-eminence, and quickly forged a relationship with her that has brought us a series of revelatory local appearances. The latest came over the weekend, when Wang joined the orchestra in Davies Symphony Hall for a titanic account of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto.

There were other delights on the program on Sunday afternoon, but Wang’s Rachmaninoff was clearly the headline event. It wasn’t just the fact that she made this concerto’s fabled technical difficulties – its thunderous chordal writing, its intricate passagework, its wearying length – seem easy, although that was part of it.

More remarkable still was the depth and imagination she brought to the entire score, and the way she made the piece’s virtuosic angle just one part of its purpose.

Of course, there were plenty of opportunities for showmanship, and Wang dispatched them with her customary aplomb. The fierce keyboard explosions in the outer movements – thickets of notes, densely clustered for maximum effect – and the quicksilvery bursts of repeated notes in the central episode of the second movement were beautifully handled.

But just as striking was Wang’s ability, which Thomas and the orchestra suavely supported, to convey the lyricism and grace of Rachmaninoff’s writing. In Wang’s hands, the opening theme – a simple melody in octaves brimming with nuanced emotion and energy – sounded every bit as impressive as the finger-busting displays that ensued. For pure finger-busting, Wang delivered a stunning encore of Vladimir Horowitz’s “Carmen” Variations.

Thomas and the orchestra brought their own brand of magic to the concert’s first half. It began with Fauré’s “Pavane,” in a lovely, rhythmically sustained reading graced by a fragrant contribution from principal flutist Tim Day.

Even more alluring was the orchestra’s sleek and strong-boned rendition of Sibelius’ all-too-rarely heard Third Symphony. Thomas seemed intent on underscoring the work’s elegance and balance without letting it subside into pure arabesque, and the orchestra followed his lead superbly.


At a Glance

Overview

Join us for a decidedly different — and fun — concert experience.  Fridays@7 features an early start time, no intermission, and a post-concert world music performance.  Perfect for those trying out a concert by The Cleveland Orchestra for the first time, or for those looking for added musical spice.



The Fridays@7 concert series is sponsored by KeyBank, a Cleveland Orchestra Partner in Excellence.

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Severance Hall

11001 Euclid Avenue

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This event has been very popular with subscribers and has been selling quite fast! A limited number of open seats are available in each price category.  This is a first-purchase, best-seat deal so act NOW for the prime locations!

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The discount is only available for Orchestra web site, telephone or in-person transactions and cannot be applied retroactively.

Some of the lower priced seats in the first few rows of the Orchestra and Upper Balcony have limited availability. You may go to the Orchestra web site (click here) and view the seat availability in each price range.

Ticket list prices range from $31 to $149 for a Private Box; Music Cleveland! discounts bring them down to as low as $24.80! But please don’t wait!

An educated guess is that this concert will sell-out well in advance so don’t hesitate and be left out in the cold! Call the Ticket Office at[masked] or[masked], Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for details.

* Your RSVP – As always we will ask you a series of questions in the process – direct email and phone number – that we will consider private and confidential. One of the options will present your Members-Only code. You may purchase as many tickets as you like but please do not share this code with non-members. If you don’t see these questions, please email the event host for assistance.

After your ticket purchase, please return to the Music Cleveland! event page and update your RSVP, answering the questions regarding ticket purchase, number of guests and plans for the after-concert party.

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TONIGHT'S MUSIC

At a Glance



The Fridays@7 concert series is sponsored by KeyBank, a Cleveland Orchestra Partner in Excellence.

Pre- and Post-Concert Music - Experience why Fridays@7 concerts are being
called “the place to be on Friday nights!”

PRE-CONCERT ST@RTERS
Begin your evening early, with drinks or food, plus a special pre-concert world music presentation.

POST-CONCERT @FTERPARTY

Post-Concert April 11 — Brazilian Carnival 
Brazilian sensation Kenia brings her ensemble to Severance Hall for a taste of Carnival.  Born in a working class suburb of Rio de Janeiro, Kenia's route through life's journey brought her under the influence of a variety of Brazil's musical types and peoples.  As an singer and entertainer, she has created her own style blending traditions with modern, jazz with soul, enriched with Latin beat and rhythm. 

Here is a shot we took of Bela Fleck jamming at the @fterparty in 2011.

Béla Fleck jamming  at the @fterParty!

After each KeyBank Fridays@7 concert, there’s . . . more food, drink, and music. Internationally renowned contemporary percussionist Jamey Haddad invites a diverse selection of artists to collaborate for a post-concert musical celebration at Severance Hall. Great music to round out your evening and expand your horizons.


The FRIDAYS@7 Concerts are unique

About the Music


Fridays@7 — a series of early-evening concerts bringing together an electic mix of music. Perfect for thosse who want to experience a Cleveland Orchestra concert for the first time, or those looking to enjoy some extra musical spice. Including a world music presentation after the concert.

@5 p.m. - Doors open for libations, creative cuisine and pre-concert music. We’ll be there early gathering in front of the Box Office on the ground level. Be there no later than 6:30 p.m. as the ushers will not seat you after the performance begins.

@7 p.m. – Promptly at 7 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra performs. There’s no intermission.
It’s straight-through like a movie. Exciting and to the point.

@8:15 p.m. - After the concert, stay for an after-party complete with live world music, drinks, food, relaxing, and Friday fun. Post-Concert @fter-Party

@9:30 p.m. - The After/After Party - we'll head to Nighttown on Cedar Hill for some late dinner, dessert or a nightcap.  

Abigail Washburn performs at the @fter Party!


After each KeyBank Fridays@7 concert, there’s . . . more food, drink, and music. Internationally renowned contemporary percussionist Jamey Haddad invites a diverse selection of artists to collaborate for a post-concert musical celebration at Severance Hall. Great music to round out your evening and expand your horizons.
@9 p.m. - We’ll head over to Nightown for dinner, drinks and conversation.

A variety of parking options are available for concerts at Severance Hall, including guaranteed pre-paid parking passes purchased through the Ticket Office or website. 


Parking* - see end of post for details

KEYBANK FRIDAYS@7 — THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA at Severance Hall

Conducting The Cleveland Orchestra this evening:




Parking*
A variety of parking options are available for concerts at Severance Hall, including guaranteed pre-paid parking passes (purchased through the Ticket Office or via the website).


CAMPUS CENTER GARAGE
The Case Western Reserve University Campus Center Garage is located directly adjacent to Severance Hall (parking entrance is off East Boulevard), with stair and elevator access to Severance Hall. Event parking in the Campus Center Garage can be purchased for $10 per vehicle when space permits. However, the garage often fills up well before concert time and only patrons who purchase pre-paid parking passes are ensured a parking space.

Pre-Paid Parking for the Campus Center Garage can be purchased in advance for $15 per concert by calling the Ticket Office or through the website. Pre-paid parking guarantees you a space, but availability of pre-paid parking passes is limited.

Alternatively, if you have already purchased tickets, you can purchase pre-paid parking online through the concert Event Calendar. Above the calendar, check the box “for ticket holders who wish to purchase tickets only” under Select a Type of Event. The calendar will then show available parking.

Parking can also be purchased through the Ticket Office by calling[masked]-1111.
Limited additional event parking is available in the Case Western Reserve University Lot 1 off Euclid Avenue across from Severance Hall, or at the University Circle Lot 13A on Adelbert Road, and at the Cleveland Botanical Garden parking garage on East Boulevard. Space at these lots may be particularly limited during weekday daytime hours. Some on-street parking is also available, but often fills up well before curtain time.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The most fabulous piano cocert I've ever heard. Thank you for organizing.

    April 11, 2014

  • Bill J.

    Here is the latest on tonight: PRE-CONCERT ST@RTERS
    Begin your evening early, with drinks or food, plus a special pre-concert world music presentation.

    Pre-Concert April 11 — Classical Indian Music
    with Steve Gorn, bansuri bamboo flute
    and Samir Chatterjee, tabla POST-CONCERT @FTERPARTY
    After each KeyBank Fridays@7 concert, there’s . . . more food, drink, and music. Internationally renowned contemporary percussionist Jamey Haddad invites a diverse selection of artists to collaborate for a post-concert musical celebration at Severance Hall. Great music to round out your evening and expand your horizons.

    Post-Concert April 11 — Festa Brasileira . . . Carnival!
    In conjunction with Oberlin College, we bring you a taste of Brazilian Carnival, with vocal sensation Kenia, together with pianist and composer Klaus Mueller, drummer Adriano Santos, and percussionist Marcus Santos, performing with local musicians for an irresistible feast of Latin flavors . . .

    April 11, 2014

  • Bill J.

    Just heard back from Kenia. She will join the group for a drink at Nighttown after her performance (if it is not too late).

    April 2, 2014

  • Kathleen

    Thank you for the e-mail you sent about this, Bill. (And the link to the video about Severance Hall.) Alas, I already have other plans.

    April 2, 2014

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