Hommage to Princesse de Polignac
Tenor Paul Groves and pianists Conor Hanick and Pedja Muzijevic perform songs by Reynaldo Hahn and Gabriel Fauré, and piano music by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Erik Satie, and Manuel Infante. All compositions were performed at concerts hosted by music patron Princesse de Polignac, born Winnaretta Singer, heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune.
Part of a concert series honoring renowned arts patrons from early 20th century Paris.
C. Debussy: L’isle joyeuse
R. Hahn: À Chloris
R. Hahn: Quand je fus pris au pavillon
E. Satie: Danse maigre
C. Debussy: Poissons d’or
I. Stravinsky: Piano Sonata
G. Fauré: Cinq mélodies 'de Venise', Op. 58
M. Infante: Three Andalusian Dances for two pianos
Leadership support for music programming in 2015 provided by the J.C. Flowers Foundation and the Thompson Family Foundation.
"Concert Review: ‘Hommage to Princesse de Polignac’ – Music by Debussy, Satie, Stravinsky, Fauré and More at Baryshnikov Arts Center"
American tenor Paul Groves enjoys an impressive international career performing on the stages of all the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls. Groves makes an important role debut in the 2014-15 season when he performs the title role in Wagner's Lohengrin in a new production with the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo. He later returns to the Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence to revive his portrayal in staged performances of Stravinsky's Perséphone as well as to the Vienna Staatsoper where he appears as Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio.
Groves appears throughout the season in concert, including appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra.
The encompassing musical abilities and diverse artistic interests of pianist Conor Hanick have led to acclaimed solo and chamber performances around the world and collaborations with music’s most accomplished instrumentalists, conductors, ensembles, and composers. His collaborations with the world’s leading conductors and ensembles have led to performances at major concert halls throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, including virtually every major venue in New York City.
This venues include Alice Tully Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, and all three spaces at Carnegie Hall. In roles ranging from solo and concerto to chamber and ensemble, Hanick has worked with conductors Pierre Boulez, David Robertson, Jeffery Milarsky, Anne Manson and James Levine, and enjoyed partnerships with the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Players, the wcfsymphony, Juilliard Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, The Knights, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra and the New Mexico Philharmonic.
The 2014-15 season is highlighted by recitals with cellist Jay Campbell at the Kennedy Center, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Italian Academy at Columbia University, and SubCulture, and trio recitals in Albuquerque, Indianapolis, and Princeton. Additionally, Hanick has an all-Boulez recital at the Metropolitan Museum celebrating the composer's 90th birthday. He will perform Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata in Iowa, Illinois, New Mexico, Massachusetts, and at the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina. Hanick’s ensemble collaborations have been with NOVUS NY, the Metropolis Ensemble, Talea, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and The Knights. Hanick has premiere performances of newly written works by Elliot Cole and David Fulmer, in addition to music by Eric Wubbels, Helmut Lachenmann, and John Zorn, as well as multiple CD releases, including chamber and solo music of David Fulmer on Tzadik, and a duo disc with cellist Jay Campbell on CAG Records.
Hanick is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Juilliard School, where he received his Masters and Doctorate degrees studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio. He is a faculty artist at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, produces radio for New York Public Radio’s Q2 Music, and resides in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
Pianist Pedja Muzijevic has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica in Montevideo, Residentie Orkest in The Hague, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Shinsei Nihon Orchestra in Tokyo, and the Zagreb Philharmonic. He has played solo recitals at Alice Tully Hall in New York, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, MI, Casals Hall and Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile, The Frick Collection in New York, National Gallery in Washington, DC, and many others.
His Carnegie Hall concerto debut playing Mozart Concerto K. 503 with Oberlin Symphony and Robert Spano was recorded live and has been released on the Oberlin Music label. Highlights of the 14/15 season include concerts at Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine, solo recital debut at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, returns to Spoleto USA, Toronto Summer Music Academy, Ottawa Chamberfest and Moab Music Festival, as well as performances of the piano duo version of Stravinsky Rite of Spring in Atlanta with Robert Spano, staged by Lauri Stallings. Muzijevic will also return to St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for performances of Frank Martin’s Petite symphonie concertante, conducted by Christian Zacharias and is curating a month long residency at Banff Arts Centre in Canada. He will return to Library of Congress in Washington, DC and Mainly Mozart in San Diego, and perform Messiaen Oiseaux exotiques with NOVUS and Grant Gershon at Trinity Wall Street in New York.
Composite Slide and Upcoming Performance Photos: Groves Courtesy of Paul Groves / Hanick by Jonathan Waiter / Muzijevic by Bell Soto