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Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nellie McKay joins forces with the two-time Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet in a world premiere performance that features a delightfully kaleidoscopic view of the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s. McKay’s talents on piano, mallets and ukulele and Turtle Island’s innovative rhythmic techniques unleash an unprecedented range of possibilities. A healthy dose of original music rounds out this sweeping concert experience.
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Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist and activist Johnny Clegg is among South Africa’s greatest musical exports. His song Scatterlings of Africa was featured on the soundtrack for the Oscar-winning film Rain Man. The exuberant Clegg and his six-piece band’s high-energy shows never disappoint. The Montreal Gazette said, “He remains in almost constant motion, delivering infectious, highly tuneful, big-beat songs.”
Matthew Hagle, Piano
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine knows no boundaries. She has performed for U.S. Supreme Court justices, played on NBC’s Today Show and served as an Olympic torchbearer. An artist with an extensive repertoire and elite technical skills, Pine is the first woman and only living artist to be published as part of Carl Fischer’s Masters Collection series. In a demonstration of her versatility, Pine moonlights with her heavy metal band, Earthen Grave.
Duo in A Major for violin and piano – Schubert
Set of Lullabies:
Wiegenlied (Cradle Song), No. 4 from Fünf Lieder, Op. 49, arranged by Albert Spalding – Brahms
Rêve d’Enfant (Child’s Dream), Op.14 – Ysaye
Lullaby (1918) – Clarke
Mother and Child, No. 2 from Suite (1943) – Still
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80 – Prokofiev
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for violin and piano, Op. 28 – Saint-Saëns
Fronted by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chris Hillman – an original member of The Byrds – the Desert Rose Band is a two-time Grammy nominee and three-time CMA award-winner. The band racked up a string of Top 10 country hits in the ‘80s and ‘90s, including I Still Believe in You, He’s Back and I’m Blue, She Don’t Love Nobody and Story of Love. The band reunites for this rare acoustic performance.
One of the elite chamber ensembles of its generation, St. Lawrence String Quartet has been the Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University since 1998. Priding itself on bringing every piece of music to the audience in vivid color, with pronounced communication and great respect to the composer, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has thrilled audiences with its fearless style for more than two decades. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called one of the quartet’s performances, “harrowing, provocative and brilliant … wonderfully spontaneous.”
String Quartet in Eb-Major, Op. 20, No. 1 – Haydn
String Quartet No. 2 in C-Major, Op. 36 – Britten
String Quartet in C-Major, Op. 59, No. 3 – Beethoven
For 50 years, The Irish Rovers have thrilled audiences with exciting stage shows. Recently honored with the prestigious Irish Music Association’s Tommy Makem Award, the band embarks on its final tour. The Irish Rovers have produced timeless anthems including The Unicorn, Wasn’t That a Party and Drunken Sailor. “Throughout the years, these international ambassadors of Irish music have maintained their timeless ability to deliver a rollicking, rousing performance of good cheer” (The Belfast Telegraph).
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Regarded as one of the world’s greatest pipers, Carlos Núñez’s music combines ancient Celtic roots with modern Spanish energy. Guests on his 2012 double-CD release, Discover, include Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Jackson Browne, Sinead O’Connor and The Chieftains. The Guardian said of Núñez, “pipe music as if played by a Coltrane or a Hendrix.”
Cutting-edge artist Cameron Carpenter is shattering the stereotypes of organ music. From the complete works of J.S. Bach, to hundreds of non-organ transcriptions, to collaborations with jazz and pop artists, Carpenter’s repertoire is always expanding. He has been featured on CNN’s The Next List and CBS Sunday Morning, and is the first organist to earn a Grammy nomination for a solo album.
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An affectionate re-creation of a small-town band from Lynchburg, Tennessee around the turn of the 20th century, Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band has been transporting audiences to a bygone era for more than 30 years. Concert goers of all ages will be charmed by the band’s Hometown Christmas performance, which will lift spirits and stir up holiday memories.
If you would like to learn more about the artists, please join us for a free pre-performance discussion at 6:45 p.m. Friday in the Friends of Music Room.
A brass ensemble like you’ve never seen before, Mnozil Brass acts as its own orchestra, ballet, chorus and ensemble of soloists — all at the same time. These seven musicians have been called the “Monty Pythons of music” due to the element of humor and comedic timing present in each performance. Mnozil Brass was recently featured on the Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows soundtrack and its first four YouTube videos have more than 5 million hits … and counting!
If you would like to learn more about the artists, please join us for a free pre-performance discussion led by associate director of UF bands Jay Watkins at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 in the Friends of Music Room .
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This a cappella group of formerly homeless U.S. military veterans — along with family members of veterans with unique connections to this group — bring their message of redemption, hope, home and family to the stage. The choir got its “break” on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and has since been featured on NBC Nightly News and E!. The ensemble performs renditions of doo-wop, soul, traditional gospel and pop music.
If you would like to learn more about the artists, please join us for a free pre-performance discussion at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 in the Friends of Music Room at University Auditorium.
Chris Thile, of Punch Brothers, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With his broad outlook that encompasses progressive bluegrass, classical, rock, and jazz, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike. On this new program, he draws from his new Bach recording, while also exploring his own compositions and contemporary music.
If you would like to learn more about the artist, please join us for a free pre-performance discussion at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 in the Friends of Music Room.
Spanish string quartet Cuarteto Casals and Grammy-nominated guitarist Manuel Barrueco collaborate at the historic University Auditorium and will premiere Robert Sierra’s new composition, Fantasía. Barrueco has toured internationally for more than three decades and is recognized as one of the world’s most important guitarists. Strad magazine called the innovative Cuarteto Casals, “a quartet for the new millennium if I’ve ever heard one.”
Among the most sought-after soloists of his generation, pianist Orion Weiss has performed with many of America’s renowned orchestras, including the Chicago and Boston Symphonies and the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics. Weiss was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in 2010, and The Arizona Republic called him “an effortlessly brilliant performer … with technique to burn and strongly personable energy.“
Recipients of two Opus Awards for Concert of the Year, the New Oxford String Quartet is hailed for its “ravishingly beautiful tone” and “extraordinary technical skills and musicianship.” Consisting of the concertmasters and principal violinist and cellist of the Montreal and Toronto Symphonies, the ensemble’s debut album was nominated for a JUNO Award in 2012, and was named among La Presse’s top CDs of 2011.
Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 74, Harp – Beethoven
Quartet No. 2 — Hétu
Quartet in F Major – Ravel
Since their debut release in 1997, the Ireland-based quintet, Lúnasa, has earned critical acclaim for their blend of acoustic and improvisational music forms to create breathtaking arrangements. Comprised of some of the finest musicians in Ireland, Lúnasa’s members use distinctive wind and string instruments to expose the intricate rhythms of the Irish, jazz and bluegrass genres. The quintet has toured in Europe, Japan and Australia, and has performed at London’s Guinness Fleadh, the Montreaux Jazz Festival and the Chicago Celtic Festival.
A conductorless ensemble of soloists comprised of the top alumni of the Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players, Sphinx Virtuosi was described by The New York Times as “first rate in every way.” Performing annually at Carnegie Hall, the ensemble is inspired by its mission to advance diversity in classical music, while engaging young and new audiences through performances of varied repertoire. Catalyst Quartet – a Sphinx ensemble comprised of Bryan Hernandez-Luch and Karla Donehew Perez (violins), Christopher Jenkins (viola) and Karlos Rodriguez (cello) – will serve as the string orchestra’s four principals.
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Four Seasons in Buenos Aires – Astor Piazzolla
Tenebrae, First Movement – Osvaldo Golijov (Catalyst Quartet)
Strum – Jessie Montgomery (Catalyst Quartet)
Lamentations for Cello Solo: Perpetual Motion – Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (Gabriel Cabezas, Cello)
Suite for Strings – Heitor Villa-Lobos
Concerto for Strings, Op. 33 | Finale: Furioso – Alberto Ginastera
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A key figure in British music, Al Stewart’s career spans four decades and is still going strong. His signature sound and thought-provoking lyrics propelled him to the top of the U.S. charts in the late ’70s. The title tracks to Stewart’s platinum albums Time Passages and Year of the Cat broke into the Top 10 on the Billboard charts. Stewart recently released a live album Uncorked, with Dave Nachmanoff and continues to tour extensively in the U.S. and Europe.
Apollo’s Fire presents Come to the River, a musical voyage from the spiritual heights of an old American revival, to the driving rhythms of New England barn dances. Performed by four singer-actors, a hot-shot hammered dulcimer player, wooden flutes and a handful of early music artists, conductor Jeannette Sorrell and her crossover performers bring the rich tradition of sharp-note singing and southern harmony to life. Classic Music Magazine called Apollo’s Fire, “the U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.”
Folk group Ensemble Basiani was created in 2000 under the blessing of Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia. The ensemble, headed by George Donadze, sings folk songs and chants, reviving them from the ancient phonological and notated recordings. Basiani has worked with many world-renowned ethno-musicians, received international acclaim and performed in well-known concert halls and festivals around the globe. In 2010, for the first time in the history of Georgian traditional music, Basiani performed Georgian traditional polyphony along with masterpieces by J.S. Bach and other European classical composers at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York.
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Due to circumstances beyond UFPA’s control, Fazil Say has cancelled his piano recital scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at University Auditorium. The concert will not be rescheduled for the 2012-13 season.
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UFPA apologizes for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause.
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Multiple Grammy-winning pianist Chucho Valdés is well-known on both the Latin and U.S. jazz scenes, producing more than 80 CD recordings throughout his career. Called “the dean of Latin jazz” by The New York Times, his works have been heard in esteemed venues, such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Valdés is a Latin Jazz Hall of Fame inductee and his dynamic career has included collaborations with musical legends Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis and Carlos Santana.
Two world-renowned guitar trios combine for this unique experience featuring virtuosi from four countries – Japan, Canada, Belgium and the U.S. Inspired by their recent Canadian tour, the California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio perform intricate original compositions as well as new arrangements of progressive rock, jazz, world and classical music. Between them, the trios have released 16 CDs and explored nearly every style of guitar playing imaginable.
Gainesville has become one of Interpreti Veneziani’s favorite stops, as they make their seventh appearance with UFPA. Specializing in Baroque music, the Italian string ensemble plays on original instruments, and their expertise as soloist and ensemble musicians has earned them an impeccable reputation around the world. In their home of Venice, Italy, they perform roughly 350 concerts, with more than 60,000 subscribers each season at the San Vidal Church, where Vivaldi played and his spirit still hangs strong.
Selected as Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han rank among today’s most esteemed and influential classical musicians. The talent, energy, imagination and dedication they bring to their multifaceted endeavors go unmatched. In high demand among chamber music audiences worldwide, the duo has appeared each season in some of the world’s most prestigious venues and concert series.
Under the direction of world-renowned drummer Tommy Igoe, Live at Birdland recreates the ambience and experience of a night at Birdland Jazz Club. The Birdland Big Band – a dynamic new ensemble featuring some of New York City’s finest musicians – provides an unforgettable musical event. The show features fresh treatments of iconic Charlie Parker compositions, as well as innovative arrangements from contemporary composers such as Chick Corea, Arturo Sandoval, Sting and Herbie Hancock. The band also maintains a rare selection of pieces from the Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman orchestras.
For more than two decades, the Leipzig String Quartet has garnered the attention of international critics and audiences with its distinctly dark timbre and meticulously sculpted interpretations of a widely varied repertoire. Formed by the principals of the renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the quartet continues to uphold the sound and integrity ascribed to the great orchestra.
Multiple Grammy-winning Riders in the Sky’s presentation of Christmas the Cowboy Way blends a festive mix of western classics, traditional Christmas music and the Riders’ original yuletide carols in a holiday spectacular sure to delight Saddle Pals of all ages. For the past 30 years, the Riders have spread their legendary wacky humor and way-out western wit. The quartet returns to Gainesville for their third visit while still keeping true to the western genre. After 35 albums and countless national tours, they are still riding, performing and living life “The Cowboy Way!”
Hailed by NPR as “one of the finest saxophonists in the business,” Steve Wilson combines his jazz expertise with respected artists to form the group Wilsonian’s Grain. The quartet has been featured on NPR Live from the Kennedy Center and headlined at the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival. Wilson’s multifaceted artistry is frequently recognized – he was nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association as best alto sax player in 2008, and for best soprano sax player in 2010. He also serves on the faculties at Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music and the SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music.
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With Marc-André Hamelin, Piano
With a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, the Takács Quartet seamlessly combines four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. The ensemble is based in Boulder at the University of Colorado and captured the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song, presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London. Known for innovative programming, the Takács Quartet regularly collaborates with artists from various genres. For this performance, the ensemble welcomes world-renowned pianist Marc-André Hamelin, who boasts nine Grammy nominations and is the recipient of a lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Association.
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Armed with eight ukuleles and co-ed vocals, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain finds its art in reinterpretation of all musical genres. Since 1985, the ensemble has revived the instrument’s hilarious, foot-stomping, twanging entertainment. Live concerts have allowed the orchestra to share the infectious toe-tapping sounds with performances in Germany, France, Japan, Sweden and pit stops for shows of rock-and-roll classics with Americans, as well.
Audience members are encouraged to bring their ukuleles for an audience participation piece titled, Relentlessly In C. To learn more about the audience-participation piece and obtain the sheet music for it, and for more information about the performance, please click here.
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Siberian Virtuosi – the State Ensemble of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) – is comprised of 12 violinists and a pianist and is increasing its popularity in Russia and worldwide. Founded in 1994 as the Virtuosi of Yakutia, the ensemble has performed more than 1,200 concerts over the past 18 years in 14 European and Asian countries, including France, United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, Germany, Israel, China and South Korea. The ensemble was recently chosen to represent Russia in the cultural program of The World Expo 2010 Shanghai.
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Toccata & Fugue – Bach
Scherzo – Tchaikovsky
Navarra – Sarasate
Vocalise – Rachmaninoff
Caprice No. 1 – Paganini
Scherzo & Tarantella – Wieniawski
Humoresque – Schedrine
Spanish Dance No. 1 – De Falia
Hungarian Dance No. 1 – Brahms
Summer from the Four Seasons – Vivaldi
Rondo – Mozart
Aria – Bach
Scherzo – Mendelssohn
Rondo – Bazzini
Yacutean Dance – Gerasimov
Libertango – Piazzola
Walk along the Hollywood – Ermoshkin
Sword Dance – Khachaturian
Program subject to change.
Two-time Classic BRITs’ female artist of the year Alison Balsom partners with the Scottish Ensemble, the U.K.’s only professional string orchestra. As an acclaimed trumpeter, Balsom headlined The Last Night of the BBC Proms with an audience viewership of roughly 200 million and has also been seen on The Late Show with David Letterman. She pairs with the Glasgow-based ensemble featuring 12 players who frequently perform at world-class festivals around the world. Under the baton of artistic director Jonathan Morton, the group utilizes new-found perspectives to create distinguished programming in the classical realm. The ensemble combined with Balsom for the 2010 top-selling CD, Italian Concertos.
In May 2010 history was made in a small recording studio in Havana when three of the most brilliant young jazz artists on the planet joined forces to record what will soon become one of the most defining new works of music to hit the streets in 2011. The result of those sessions, a stellar album titled Ninety Miles, was released and was named to year end lists of 2011 Best CDs by NPR among others. For this performance, Grammy award winner Nicholas Payton will join the band.
Legendary guitarists John Williams and John Etheridge go back more than a decade to the formation of The Magic Box, which toured for three years. Williams and Etheridge eventually became a duo, first recording Live in Dublin for Sony Records and eventually touring the world in esteemed venues including Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, Sydney Opera House and Hamer Hall. The two Johns play an eclectic mix that illuminates their diverse skills – complementing one another and bringing to the table a vast wealth of musical experiences across all genres.