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A Musical Marathon: 50 Years of Young Concert Artists
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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 02/19/2011 at Symphony Space.

Young Concert Artists celebrates its 50th anniversary with over 100 superstar performers including Emanuel Ax, Borromeo Quartet, Carter Brey, Claremont Trio, Sasha Cooke, Jeremy Denk, Jupiter Quartet, Christopher O'Riley, Vassily Primakov, and many more. The marathon encompasses Bach, Stravinsky, Takemitsu, and Schoenfield, as well as favorite works including Granados' Goyescas and Mendelssohn's Octet.

In collaboration with Young Concert Artists.

*This program is not available in its entirety.



J.S. Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No. 4




Mimi Stillman, Eugenia Zukerman, solo flutes; Eugene Drucker, solo violin; Hiroko Yajima, Yoko Matsuda, violins; Heiichiro Ohyama, viola; Robert Martin, cello; DaXun Zhang, double bass; Anthony Newman, harpsichord

Partita for Violin No. 2


Christiane Edinger, violin

Keyboard Concerto in D minor

Allegro (arr. for marimba)

Pius Cheung, marimba; Yoko Matsuda, Hiroko Yajima, violins; Heiichiro Ohyama, viola; Robert Martin, cello; DaXun Zhang, double bass

Hunting Cantata

Aria: Sheep May Safely Graze

Courtenay Budd, soprano; Susan Rotholz, flute; Sung-Ju Lee, violin; Carter Brey, cello; Anthony Newman, harpsichord


André Jolivet

Chant de Linos

Paula Robison, flute; Paavali Jumppanen, piano


György Sándor Ligeti


Book I


Franz Schubert


Emanuel Ax, piano

Piano Quintet in A major, Trout Quintet

I. Allegro vivace

II. Andante

III. Scherzo: Presto

IV. Andantino - Allegretto

V. Allegro giusto

Benny Kim, violin; Ida Kavafian, viola; Robert Martin, cello; DaXun Zhang, double bass


Félix Godefroid

Carnaval de Venise, Op. 184

Maestoso, grazioso e moderato

Catrin Finch, harp


Shulamit Ran

For an Actor

Monologue for Clarinet

Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Souvenir de Florence

I. Allegro con spirito

II. Adagio cantabile e con moto

III. Allegretto moderato

IV. Allegro con brio e vivace

Ani Kavafian, Sung-Ju Lee, violins; Toby Appel, Ida Kavafian, violas; Carter Brey, Narek Hakhnazaryan, cellos


Frédéric Chopin

Nocturne in G minor, Op. 37 No. 1

Gleb Ivanov, piano

Nocturne in G minor, Op. 48 No. 1

Wendy Chen, piano

Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat major, Op. 61

Edward Auer, piano


Sergei Prokofiev

Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94

I. Moderato

II. Presto - Poco piu mosso del - Tempo I

Edward Auer, piano


Robert Schumann

Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44

I. Allegro brillante

II. In modo d'una marcia. Un poco largamente

III. Scherzo: Molto vivace

IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Chee-Yun, Stefan Milenkovich, violins; Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola; Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello


Ottorino Respighi

Il tramonto

Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano, Borromeo String Quartet (Nicholas Kitchen, Kristopher Tong, violins; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello)


Miklós Rózsa

Toccata Capricciosa, Op.36

Jeffrey Solow, cello


Paul Fowler

Michiyuki, "Love Suicide"

A play in the early 18th century, began a vogue for love suicides when couples were forbidden to marry whom they chose. This depicts one of their stories.

Naoko Takada, marimba


Gary Schocker

Three Dances for Two Flutes

I. Easy Going

II. Moody

III. Coffee Nerves, Prestissimo

Eugenia Zukerman, Gary Schocker, flutes; Ran Dank, piano


Alexander Scriabin

Piano Sonata No. 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30

Mikhail Yanovitsky, piano


Béla Bartók


I. Verbunkos - Recruiting Dance

II. Pihenő - "Relaxation"

Rolf Schulte, violin; Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet; Ursula Oppens, piano


Ástor Piazzolla

L'Histoire du Tango

II. Café, 1930

III. Night Club, 1960

Robert Belinic, guitar; Stefan Milenkovich, violin


Maurice Ravel


Christopher O'Riley, piano


Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns

"Le bonheur est chose légère"

Beverly Hoch, soprano; Daniel Phillips, violin; Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, piano


Enrique Granados

Goyesca No. 1

"Los Requiebros"

Yunjie Chen, piano


W.A. Mozart

Quintet for Strings No. 3 in C major

I. Allegro

II. Menuetto: Allegretto

III. Andante

Daniel Phillips, Ulrike-Anima Mathé, violins; Toby Appel, Heiichiro Ohyama, violas; Marcy Rosen, cello


Bedrich Smetana



Percy Grainger

Country Gardens

Ran Dank, Eduardus Halim, Vassily Primakov, Vassilis Varvaresos, pianos


Benjamin C.S. Boyle

Le passage des rêves

Randall Scarlata, baritone; Benjamin C.S. Boyle, piano


Kenji Bunch

The Demon Barber

Anthony de Mare, piano


Toru Takemitsu


Stephen Burns, trumpet


Paul Schoenfeld

Cafe Music

II. Andante moderato

III. Presto

The Claremont Trio: Emily Bruskin, violin; Julia Bruskin, cello; Donna Kwong, piano


Franz Schubert

Three Songs, Op. 83

I. L'incanto degli occhi

II. Il traditor deluso

III. Il modo di prender moglie

William Sharp, baritone; Gleb Ivanov, piano

The Shepherd on the Rock

Courtenay Budd, soprano; Paul Green, clarinet; Wendy Chen, piano


André Messager

The Two Pigeons

Pas de Deux

Marya Martin, flute; Matthew Dine, oboe; Todd Palmer, clarinet; Karen Lindquist, harp, DaXun Zhang, double bass; Jupiter String Quartet (Nelson Lee, Meg Freivogel, violin; Liz Freivogel, viola; Daniel McDonough, cello)


W.A. Mozart

Ave Verum Corpus


Kenji Bunch

Triple Jump

III. Jump


Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Flight of the Bumblebee

Makoto Nakura, marimba


Krzysztof Penderecki


Hahn-Bin, violin


Felix Mendelssohn

Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20

I. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco

II. Andante

III. Scherzo

IV. Presto

Elina Vahala, Karen Gomyo, Donald Weilerstein, Lynn Chang, violins; Marcus Thompson, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, violas; Narek Hakhnazaryan, Marcy Rosen, cellos

+ About the Artists

Over 50 seasons, Young Concert Artists has brought forth a diverse array of renowned artists who are deeply involved in our musical life. Among YCA's 228 "Alumni" are soprano Dawn Upshaw; pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Emanuel Ax, Olli Mustonen, Jeremy Denk, Murray Perahia, Christopher O'Riley, Anne-Marie McDermott, Richard Goode, and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet; cellists Carter Brey and Fred Sherry; flutists Marya Martin, Paula Robison, and Eugenia Zukerman; clarinetist Todd Palmer; violinists Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Chee-Yun, and Pinchas Zukerman; and the Tokyo, Borromeo, and St. Lawrence String Quartets.

Young Concert Artists, Inc. was founded in 1961 by Susan Wadsworth to discover and launch the careers of extraordinary musicians, and since 1994 it has also filled that role for outstanding young composers.  YCA performers are chosen by the annual Young Concert Artists International Auditions. The musicians compete against a standard of excellence - not each other. There is no limit to the number of First Prize Winners each year, and the Jury has the right to select none if none qualify.

Winners become members of the YCA management roster, winning New York, Washington, and Boston debut concerts, career guidance, and concert engagements.  Through YCA's Annaliese Soros Educational Residency Program, YCA artists also perform for and interact with thousands of students nationwide.

Young Concert Artists, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is supported by individual patrons, foundations, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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