BAC Salon: Janáček + Ives
Gilles Vonsattel, piano
Jay Campbell, cello
Paul Appleby, tenor
Composers Leoš Janáček and Charles Ives were mavericks who drew inspiration from their homelands to create highly original musical styles. Janácek transformed folk music of his native Moravia into a distinct poetic narrative, and Ives used popular American melodies to create unique, multi-layered soundscapes.
Janáček: Piano Sonata "1. X. 1905"
The Children’s Hour
The Housatonic at Stockbridge
At the River, Robert Lowry
A Night Song, Thomas Moore
Janáček: Fairy Tale (for cello and piano)
The Light that is felt
Two Little Flowers
Songs my mother taught me
The things our fathers loved
In the mornin’
BAC Salon: The Originals is a series of music by composers with uncompromising visions, performed by some of today's most respected musicians in an intimate salon setting.
Leadership support for music programming in 2017 provided by the Anne and Chris Flowers Foundation and the Thompson Family Foundation.
Following a summer season that featured Paul Appleby at Glyndebourne in the title role of a new production by Laurent Pelly of Béatrice et Bénédict, the tenor’s 2016-17 opera diary includes Metropolitan Opera performances of Don Giovanni, a debut at the Dutch National Opera in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and a debut at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in a new production of The Rake’s Progress conducted by Daniel Harding and directed by Simon McBurney.
A robust concert calendar brings the artist together with David Zinman and the Bamberger Symphoniker for Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, and with Jeffrey Kahane and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Recital appearances include programs given under the auspices of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and of the George London Foundation for Singers in NYC.
Cellist Jay Campbell, armed with a diverse spectrum of repertoire and eclectic musical interests, has been recognized for approaching both old and new works with the same probing curiosity and emotional commitment. A recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Campbell has soloed in major venues around the globe including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Avery Fisher Hall, Lucerne’s KKL, as well as recitals in Carnegie’s Weill Hall, the Kennedy, Mondavi, and Krannert centers.
He made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 2013, and worked with Alan Gilbert in 2016 as the artistic director for Ligeti Forward for the New York Philharmonic Biennale. Equally enthusiastic as a chamber musician and teacher, Campbell is a member of the JACK Quartet, a piano trio with Stefan Jackiw and Conrad Tao, has served on faculty at Vassar College and has been a guest at the Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Moab, Heidelberger-Fruhling, DITTO, and Lincoln Center festivals.
Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality. He is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions. In recent years he has made his Boston Symphony, Tanglewood, and San Francisco Symphony debuts, and performed recitals and chamber music at Ravinia, Tokyo’s Musashino Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bravo! Vail, Chamber Music Northwest, La Roque d’Anthéron, Music@Menlo, the Lucerne festival, and the Munich Gasteig.
Chamber partners include James Ehnes, Anthony Marwood, Frank Huang, Nicolas Altstaedt, David Shifrin, David Finckel, and many others. Deeply committed to the performance of contemporary music, he has premiered numerous works both in the US and Europe and worked closely with notable composers such as Jörg Widmann, Heinz Holliger, and George Benjamin. Recent and upcoming projects include appearances with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Vancouver Symphony, Florida Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, as well as multiple appearances with the Chamber Music Society. A former member of CMS Two, Vonsattel received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Columbia University and his master’s degree from The Juilliard School. He is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.