October 2nd at 8:00 pm (doors open earlier for dinner)
Columbia Festival Orchestra (CFO) makes its debut at Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday evening, October 2nd at 8 pm, introducing an exciting series of classical concerts called ClaverackLanding. Featuring highly acclaimed CFO musicians, extraordinary guest ensembles and emerging artists, this new club series draws listeners together in a dynamic, unique setting.
Audiences are welcomed at casual tables with drinks, “small plates”, or dinner. Visit Club Helsinki for more information and to buy tickets.
TANGO Meets Classical, introduces rising star Katie Hyun, violinist, performing Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with 13 string players.
Soloist Katie Hyun started violin at age five, made her recital debut at age nine, and has performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony, Dallas Chamber orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and other prestigious ensembles and orchestras. Hyun is a winner of numerous young artist competitions, a graduate of Yale and Stony Brook, and is under private study with international violinist Ani Kavafian. Her new Amphion String Quartet is playing to rave reviews with “gripping intensity…receiving a well-deserved ovation”, San Francisco Classical Voice.
(see video of Katie playing with her Amphion Quartet below)
The program also includes Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round and Arvo Paert’s Fratres, for strings and percussion.
Opening night at Helsinki will present special surprises such as Ljova’s Plume, a blend of classical, jazz and Gypsy sounds. Hailed as “one of New York’s fastest-rising composers and instrumentalists” (Billboard Magazine) and as “an eclectic with an ear for texture…strikingly original and soulful” (New York Times). Ljova also plays viola with our ensemble this evening. For more information about Ljova, visit his website.
(see YouTube video below of a performance of Ljova’s Plume by the string quartet Brooklyn Ryder)
About the Musicians
ClaverackLanding’s ensemble of award-winning string players includes concertmaster Sheila Reinhold who has performed as soloist with Zubin Mehta and Andre Kostelanetz, and in chamber music with Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky. Other highly acclaimed members join us from the tri-state area with prominent affiliations such as the American Symphony, Mostly Mozart, Aspen Music Festival and the New York Metropolitan Opera. For musician bios click here.
About the program
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, written by Astor Piazzolla in 1921, was first performed by the composer’s own folk ensemble, specialists in neuvo tango. Credited with single-handedly elevating the earthy, sensual tango to a sophisticated art form, Piazzolla depicts different moods for each season, drawing listeners in with hypnotic rhythms and luscious harmonies. Arranged for string orchestra in the late 1990s, the solo violin is extraordinarily difficult and the special effects performed by the other instruments are amazing.
Osvaldo Golijov composed Last Round in 1996 as an homage to Piazzolla, using a double string quartet with double bass to re-create the sound of the Argentinian accordion, the bandoneon. “The first section’s a fierce compression of the squeezebox over violent tango rhythms and wailing impressions of the instrument’s reeds – 2 quartets physically confronting each other – then an exhalation, a sigh, and a song – a rich, sensuous lament”, CD Review on Radio 3 UK.
In sharp contrast, Fratres, by Estonian minimalist composer Arvo Paert, is inspired by medieval chant and various oriental musics. First composed in 1977, and revised in 1983 for string orchestra with claves and bass drum, Fratres is based on repetitions of beautiful, simple sounds. One cannot experience a more captivating, harmonic, introspective contrast to firey tango rhythms.