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Fifth Anniversary Celebration


"An Evening at the Opera"
November 15, 2014  7:30pm

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Fifth Anniversary Celebration


"An Evening at the Opera"
November 15, 2014  7:30pm

Concert $25     18 and under $10 

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On May 1, 2010 the Downtown Concert Series launched with An Evening of Song. For our Fifth Anniversary Celebration we bring you An Evening at the Opera. Join us for an exciting evening of opera favorites, featuring arias, duets, trios and ensembles from beloved operas. We’ll be joined by some familiar faces as we revisit the origins of our series.

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"An Evening at the Opera"
November 15 27, 2014  7:30pm

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Alexander Markov, violin


"A bravura violinist in the best tradition"
January 31, 2015  7:30pm

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Alexander Markov, violin


"A bravura violinist in the best tradition"
January 31, 2015  7:30pm

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Internationally celebrated violinist Alexander Markov has been hailed as one of the most captivating musicians now before the public. Lord Yehudi Menuhin wrote, "He is without doubt one of the most brilliant and musical of violinists . . . Alexander Markov will certainly leave his mark on the music-lovers of the world and in the annals of the violin virtuosi of our day." 
Gold Medal winner at the Paganini International Violin Competition, Mr. Markov has appeared as a soloist with some of the world's most celebrated orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the BBC and the Montreal Symphonies, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony. He has worked with with major conductors of our day, including Neeme Jarvi, Christoph Eschenbach and Ivan Fischer. 
Markov has also shared concerts with such luminaries as Martha Argerich. 
Mr. Markov has established a reputation second-to-none in the 19th-century virtuoso repertoire. His CD release and the video of the 24 Paganini Caprices for solo violin, directed by the legendary film director Bruno Monsaingeon, caused a sensation, and as a result he recorded five more CDs for the Erato/Warner Classics. Markov remains one of the very few violinists in the world who performs the entire set of the 24 Paganini Caprices in a single recital, and he is featured in the internationally-acclaimed film about great violinists "The Art of Violin," also directed by Bruno Monsaingeon. 
In 2006 Warner released a long-awaited DVD of the 24 Paganini Caprices which instantly became one of the best-selling classical DVDs on the Amazon charts. Many of the Caprices were posted by fans around the world on YouTube and some of the clips have hundreds of thousands hits. 
Alexander Markov's musical journey takes him far beyond his activity as a classical violin soloist. He has composed "Rock Concerto," an original composition collaborating with James V. Remington, who also designed for him a new six-string electric violin. The new patented instrument, the only one of its kind in the world, has a unique sound and the most enormous dynamic range from soft and sweet to the monstrous and powerful. (Markov plays it through a Marshall amp.) 
"Rock Concerto" is a crossover epic which features Markov's performance on the new electric violin and his rock band, accompanied by a symphony orchestra and a chorus. The musicians in his band are some of the most celebrated artists in the rock world, and tickets to "Rock Concerto" concerts are sold-out weeks in advance. Markov's vision is to bridge a gap between classical and rock audiences and attracting many young people who would otherwise never go to a symphony. 
Awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1987, Mr. Markov made his New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall. 
Alexander Markov was born in Moscow and studied violin with his father, concert violinist Albert Markov. By the time he was eight years old, he was already appearing as a soloist with orchestras and performing double concertos with his father. Markov emigrated to the U.S. with his parents and received his United States citizenship in 1982. 

24. Tema. Quasi Presto Variazioni Finale in A minor This performance of one of the most challenging scores in the violin repertory, Paganini's 24 Caprices, played by the internationally celebrated violinist, Alexander Markov, recorded in Reggio Emilia, Italy. It combines intense passion with extraordinary technical ability.
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"A bravura violinist in the best tradition"
January 31, 2015  7:30pm

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Ashu, saxophone


Ashu, saxophone
“Defying musical expectations"
March 21, 2015  7:30pm

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Ashu, saxophone
“Defying musical expectations"
March 21, 2015  7:30pm

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The young concert saxophonist Ashu has established an extraordinary ability to communicate with audiences through his charismatic and emotive performance style. He has defied conventions winning major international awards and competitions traditionally won by pianists and violinists. While his astonishing virtuosity thrills listeners, his artistry reaches far beyond this demonstrating a unique personality and musical voice. Critics have described him as "just as much fun to watch as to listen to" (Dallas Morning News) and "ready to cultivate the masses" (Chicago Tribune). Born and raised in California, Ashu began playing the saxophone at age 10. After just a few years, he began entering competitions and found himself receiving a wide range of opportunities, including his recital debut, which took place at Carnegie Hall. Since then he has performed throughout the world. Ashu's concerto appearances last year included prominent halls throughout Russia, South Africa, Great Britain, Finland, Poland, Estonia, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Canada, and the USA. Other recent solo tours have taken him throughout Vienna, Lisbon, Munich, France, Switzerland, Norway, and the French West Indies. Ashus recent recital engagements in the USA include the Ravinia Festival, Kravis Center, La Jolla Music Society, Dumbarton Oaks, Rockefeller Series, Santa Fe Concert Association, and more. With a growing demand from major orchestras around the world, recent concerto engagements include the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon, St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, and venues such as Carnegie Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, Vienna Konzerthaus, and NY Central Park. Ashu was recently selected as winner of the prestigious Audience Prize at the renowned International Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. The festival's honorary committee included Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, and Yo-Yo Ma. As a result, Ashu has been invited to perform concertos and recitals in a number of the most revered concerts halls worldwide. Ashu has previously won First Prizes at competitions including the International Heida Hermanns Competition, Houston Symphony Concerto, International Kingsville Wind Instrumentalist, American Opera Society, Salon De Virtuosi Career Grant, National Midland-Odessa, National Lennox/RSO, National Federation of Music Clubs, National George S. Howard, National Alliance for Excellence, Northwestern University Concerto, and Houston Symphony Flores-Smith competitions. While most audiences have never heard the saxophone in concert music, Ashu has begun to change this. With a dynamic style that captivates general as well as classical audiences, he has shown that the concert saxophone can reach beyond stylistic categorization and to a large diversity of people. With an engaging personality, Ashu has been featured on NBC, CBS, NPR, and numerous other live TV and radio broadcasts. He received his Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from Northwestern University under the guidance of renowned saxophone teacher Frederick Hemke, and he is currently based in the Chicago area.A Powerful Letter From My Great-Great-Grandfather, An American Slave Who Escaped To Freedom

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“Defying musical expectations"
March 21, 2015  7:30pm

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Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas


The Grand Finale Event
Stephan Möller, piano
Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas

Saturday, May 16, 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 17, 3:00 PM
Monday, May 18, 7:30 PM
Tuesday, May 19, 7:30 PM
Wednesday, May 20, 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 21, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 23, 3:00 PM
Saturday, May 23, 7:30 PM

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Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas


The Grand Finale Event
Stephan Möller, piano
Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas

Saturday, May 16, 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 17, 3:00 PM
Monday, May 18, 7:30 PM
Tuesday, May 19, 7:30 PM
Wednesday, May 20, 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 21, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 23, 3:00 PM
Saturday, May 23, 7:30 PM

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Stephan Möller first gained prominence as a prizewinner at the 1985 International Beethoven Competition in Vienna. Since then his busy concert schedule has taken him to Japan, China, North and South America as well as all over Europe.

Performing all the standard repertoire, Stephan Möller has concentrated especially on the interpretation of the Viennese Classics, in particular Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, as well as on Franz Liszt's paraphrases of Wagner opera scenes and his transcriptions of Beethoven Symphonies. Among his CD recordings, there are such rarities as Beethoven's "Grosse Fuge" and the complete piano works by Richard Wagner.

Born in Hamburg, Germany, Stephan Möller studied piano and conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. From 1983 to 1989 he assisted Herbert von Karajan and other world-renowned conductors at the Salzburg Festival. In 1990, he took up an appointment at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He is president of the Vienna International Pianists Association and their festival, the "VIP Academy.”

Saturday May 16 @ 7:30 PM
    Program 1
        • Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op.2/1
        • Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op.2/2
        • Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op.49/1 ("Leichte Sonata”)
        • Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op.49/2 ("Leichte Sonata”)
        • Piano Sonata No.3 in C major, Op.2/3

Sunday May 17 @ 3:00 PM 
    Program 2
        • Piano Sonata No.4 in E♭ major, Op.7 ("Grand Sonata”)  
        • Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10/1 ("Little Pathétique”)
        • Piano Sonata No.6 in F major, Op.10/2
        • Piano Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10/3

Monday May 18 @ 7:30 PM
    Program 3
        • Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 ("Pathétique”)  
        • Piano Sonata No.9 in E major, Op.14/1
        • Piano Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.14/2
        • Piano Sonata No.11 in B♭ major, Op.22

Tuesday May 19 @ 7:30 PM
    Program 4
        • Piano Sonata No.12 in A♭ major, Op.26 ("Funeral March”)  
        • Piano Sonata No.13 in E♭ major, Op.27/1 ("Quasi una fantasia”)
        • Piano Sonata No.14 in C♯ minor, Op.27/2 ("Moonlight”)
        • Piano Sonata No.15 in D major, Op.28 ("Pastoral")

Wednesday May 20 @ 7:30 PM
    Program 5
        • Piano Sonata No.16 in G major, Op.31/1  
        • Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31/2 ("The Tempest”)
        • Piano Sonata No.18 in E♭ major, Op.31/3 ("The Hunt”)
        • Piano Sonata No.21 in C major, Op.53 ("Waldstein")

Thursday May 21@ 7:30 PM
    Program 6
        • Piano Sonata No.22 in F major, Op.54
        • Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 ("Appassionata")
        • Piano Sonata No.24 in F♯ major, Op.78 ("A Thérèse”)
        • Piano Sonata No.25 in G major, Op.79 ("Cuckoo”)
        • Piano Sonata No.26 in E♭ major, Op.81a ("Les adieux")

Saturday May 23 @ 3:00 PM
    Program 7  
        • Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90
        • Piano Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101
        • Piano Sonata No.29 in B♭ major, Op.106 ("Hammerklavier")

Saturday May 23 @ 7:30 PM
    Program 8
        • Piano Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109  
        • Piano Sonata No.31 in A♭ major, Op.110
        • Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111

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Stephan Möller, piano
Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas
Saturday, May 16, 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 17, 3:00 PM
Monday, May 18, 7:30 PM
Tuesday, May 19, 7:30 PM
Wednesday, May 20, 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 21, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 23, 3:00 PM
Saturday, May 23, 7:30 PM

The Complete Sonatas (8 concerts) Adults $60   18 and younger $20

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Stephan Möller, piano
Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas
Saturday, May 23, 3:00 PM
Saturday, May 23, 7:30 PM

The Complete Sonatas Grand Finale (2 concerts) 
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"Double Entendre: Works for two pianos"
Launching the 5th Anniversary Season.
September 27, 2014  7:30pm

Fifth Anniversary Celebration
"An Evening at the Opera"
November 15 27, 2014  7:30pm

Alexader Markov, violin
"A bravura violinist in the best tradition"
January 31, 2015  7:30pm

Ashu, saxaphone
“Defying musical expectations"
March 21, 2015  7:30pm

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Access to all the events in the Fifth Anniversary Season, including Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas. 

12 Concerts
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