Tue January 24th, 2017
Minimum Age: All Ages
Doors Open: 6:00PM
Show Time: 7:00PM
Event Ticket: $15 / $20
Day of Show: $20 / $25
With special guest Anastasiya Roytman, Soprano
Table Seating: $20 advance, $25 day of show
Standing Room: $15 advance, $20 day of show
An homage to the concrete jungle with its trees of steel & glass (and, no – not Phillip Glass), this exciting program of works for violin & piano showcases the composers who have lived, worked and composed pieces in the Big Apple over the past 100 years. The works presented highlight the cross-cultural musical melting pot that is New York City – from early 20th Century Jazz & Nationalism to the Avant-Garde & Neo-Romanticism.
André PREVIN Violin Sonata No.2
John CORIGLIANO Red Violin Caprices
David LANG Illumination Rounds
Christopher CERRONE Violin Sonata
Aaron COPELAND Two Pieces
Bela BARTOK Solo Sonata (1944)
Benjamin BRITTEN Reveille
Sergei RACHMANINOV Vocalise
George GERSHWIN Short Story
TABLE SEATING POLICY
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
All tickets sales are final. No refund or credits.
Christopher Coritsidis, Violin
Violinist Christopher Coritsidis has been named as being “one of the most promising violin talents to emerge from Europe, Asia and USA in the past twenty years…” and as an artist possessing a “flawless technique and boundless imagination…” (London Times)
Since making his concert debut at the age of eleven with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Coritsidis has performed internationally with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, NHK Symphony, Orchestre de Toulouise, National Orchestra of Belgium, Finland Kuhmo Chamber Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and many more.
Highly devoted to chamber music, Christopher Coritsidis has been invited and performed at various festivals around the world including the Verbier Festival, Aix en Provence, Prussia Cove, Aurora Chamber Music Festival, Siena Winter Festival, Gdansk Summit Musicaux, Schlern Music Festival. He has appeared on some of the world’s most famous stages, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Tokyo’s Minato Hall, the Het Concetgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Berlin, and Colo Teatro in Buenos Aires.
In September 2002/03, Mr. Coritsidis participated in a music festival organized to benefit the families of those killed in the 2001 World Trade Center attacks in New York City. In September 2002/03, Mr. Coritsidis participated in a music festival organized to benefit the families of those killed in the 2001 World Trade Center attacks in New York City and has since been working on the Voice of September 11th organization. In 2016, Mr. Coritsidis became an Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and co-founded the Opus 1 Foundation with pianist & philanthropist, Jorge Viladoms.
Mr. Coritsidis plays a violin crafted by Carlo Tononi in 1720c.
Eduard Laurel, Piano
Pianist Eduard Laurel has been a collaborative partner to countless instrumentalists and vocalists in New York City and worldwide. He has performed and recorded extensively with violinist James Ehnes and also with trumpeter Rolf Hedwig and violinist, Lara St. John & Christopher Coritsidis. He has performed in every prominent New York concert hall, as well as in London, Belfast, Milan, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Tokyo, Shangai, Seoul, and Sydney, among many others. He has been the staff accompanist at the Juilliard, Mannes, and Manhattan schools and presently lectures on supportive pianism at NYU and Queens College.
He has accompanied classes for Galimir, Stern, Perlman, Gingold, Preucil, Rosand, Bashmet, Kashkashian, Yo Yo Ma, Starker, Brey, Kossak, Bylsma and Julius Levine, as well as for members of the Guameri, Amadeus, Emerson, Juilliard, Borodin, Orion, Tokyo, St. Lawrence and American String Quartets. In addition, he has played for Rampal, Julius Baker, Stolzman, Krakauer, John Mack, Richard Woodhams, Frank Morelli, Phil Smith, David Jolley, Phil Myers, Per Brevig and Alan Baer, to name a few.
He is heavily sought after for his “phenomenal articulation” (Gramophone), his “first rate chamber music making” (The New York Times) and his “superb pianism” (The Strad). Despite the paranoia after a hit increasing his sensitivity to sound, Eduard managed to continue his remarkable and unique career of playing, listening, and learning.
Mr. Laurel currently (and proudly) resides in New York City.
Anastasiya Roytman, Soprano
Praised for her “magnetic stage presence” and her “dramatic intensity”, soprano Anastasiya Roytman is quickly establishing herself as one of the most exciting talents in the international opera world today. Possessing a remarkably wide range, Ms. Roytman began her career as a mezzo-soprano before moving into the great spinto soprano roles of grand opera.
Anastasiya Roytman made her operatic debut when she was only sixteen, singing the title role of Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo und Euridice with the Kaliningrad Philharmonic Orchestra which was recorded and broadcasted on Baltic Radio. She became the youngest student of renowned mezzo-soprano, Zara Dolukhanova, at the prestigious Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow. While there, Anastasiya performed concerts as one of the guest soloists with the Bolshoi Theatre. Ms. Roytman made her official international debut at the Lyrique-en-mer Festival in Belle Ile, France as a cover for the title role in Carmen, in the role of Mercedes, and as the Third Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute.
The press wrote of her recent Carnegie Hall debut:“…she scaled her wonderful instrument to the size and acoustics of Weill Recital Hall. No wonder she has achieved acclaim worldwide! She has a gracious stage presence … superb control of dynamics and phrasing… without excessive theatrics. It’s all in the voice, which is most important (Meche Koop)”.
Highlights of this and previous seasons included performances of Tosca in the title role with American Lyric Opera at the historic United Palace Theatre, Senta in the Flying Dutchman and Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera with the Vocal Productions Company at Symphony Space Theatre in New York. On the concert stage, she performed the highlights from Un Ballo in Maschera for her debut with the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Additional concert projects included the English premiere of Dargomyzhsky’s Rusalka in New York together with the US premiere of Pushkin’s Winter Morning by L. Lehrman, and joint recital concerts with the singers of Metropolitan Opera to raise funds for NYC public schools. She traveled with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Volgograd Opera Orchestra across South Korea with an all Verdi program. An active performer of contemporary music, Ms. Roytman created the role of Baroness Strahl in the opera Masquerade by the American composer, J. Morgulas, that was first premiered at the International House of Music in Moscow. Her portrayal of the character won her rave reviews by Opera News, who praised the young soprano for her “solid high notes” and her “intelligent acting”. She returned to Moscow to repeat the role at the Pokrovsky Moscow Opera Theatre.
Past season performances included a critically-acclaimed debut in the role of Elle in Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine which was featured on Russian National TV from the prestigious Dramatic Arts Festival in Moscow; Pamina in The Magic Flute at the Salzburg Oper Im Berg Festival and with Opern Auf Schloss Amerang; and in projects of La Scala di Seta in Vienna as Guilia and Beggar’s Holiday in Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris as Lucy. Amongst other recent operatic roles performed are Magd 4 in Elektra, Violetta in La Traviata, Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with the Moscow Chamber Opera, Garden State Opera, New Jersey State Opera, One World Symphony and Cantiamo Opera.
Ms. Roytman is an active concert artist, having sung numerous recitals in Austria, Germany, France, Finland, Japan, Russia and the Americas. She is the first prize recipient of the first international “Die Wiener Festivalbrücken” competition in Vienna, Austria, Otto Edelmann Society competition finalist, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions encouragement award recipient, semi-finalist of Competizione Dell’opera, a finalist of Opera Idol competition in New York and was personally invited by Marcello Giordani to study with him in Italy.
A devoted humanitarian, Ms. Roytman has given and participated in benefit concerts and fundraisers for numerous charitable causes, including the Voices of September 11th Organization, Cohen Children’s Hospital in New York, and was recently named an ‘Artist Ambassador’ for the Opus 1 Foundation in 2016. Anastasiya holds a Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music and currently resides in New York City.