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Ashu, saxophone


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

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Ashu, saxophone


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

Concert $25     18 and under $10 

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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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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

Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas
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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
Sponsor a Sonata $100 - Your sponsorship includes one complimentary ticket to all The Complete Sonatas - 8 concerts, 8 tickets - with reserved seating, sponsorship recognition in the concert program and during the concert, a Stephan Möller CD, as well as a Beethoven Sonata Sponsor certificate and the opening page of your Sonata.

Individual tickets for each concert will be available at the door for $15.

 

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

The Late Sonatas (2 concerts) 
Adults $25   18 and younger $10

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