Brilliant Performers, Intriguing Programming
Chamber Music |
Concordia Chamber Players
Michelle Djokic, Artistic Director
Carmit Zori, Violin
Daniel Kim, Viola
Michelle Djokic, Cello
Michael Brown, Piano
Saturday June 9 at 7:30 pm
Please join us immediately afterwards for a free “Meet the Artists” reception
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
64 Mercer Street, Princeton
Tickets: $45 Preferred | $35 General | $15 Students
General Admission Seating by section
The brightest talents of the chamber music world come together to perform as members of the Concordia Chamber Players. Their 2018 program, tailored by Artistic Director Michelle Djokic to specific artists on the Concordia roster, is typically enjoyable and inventive, featuring three youthful works for string trio plus a mature masterpiece in the form of Dvořák’s second piano quartet.
Zoltán Kodály imbued his lovely, lilting Intermezzo for String Trio with the sound of Hungarian folk melodies. It is an early work, composed around 1905 when he and his friend Béla Bartók were collecting folk music in the field, but there are hints of his later, spikier style, especially in the middle section.
Trio Élégiaque No. 1, written in 1892, is the work of a gifted student finding his voice. Rachmaninov can already communicate deep emotion to his listeners – and profound melancholy, too. He may have written it as an homage to Tchaikovsky, as its closing funeral march refers to the older composer’s elegy for Nikolai Rubenstein.
Suite in A major, JS 186, is another “youth” composition. Jean Sibelius composed it in 1889, and retained his fondness for it throughout his life. The opening movement in particular foreshadows his mature style. It includes charming folk-like melodies, Scandinavian sonorities, and foreshadowings of the depths Sibelius would later plumb.
Dvořák’s Piano Quartet #2 in E flat major, Opus 87, dates from 1889, just before his eighth symphony, when he was already an internationally celebrated composer. He wrote to a friend that “the melodies just surged upon me,” which speaks volumes about its level of inspiration. In this quartet the piano is not simply an accompanist, but fully participates in the musical development, while the viola (Dvořák’s favorite string instrument) has an unusually prominent role. Dvořák molds his glorious themes into a satisfying whole with a stirring finale.
Carmit Zori has appeared as violin soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. Her solo recitals include concerts at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston, and the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. Her engagements abroad have included performances throughout Latin America and Europe, as well as in Israel, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia, where she premiered the Violin Concerto by Marc Neikrug. In addition to her appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ms. Zori has been a guest at chamber music festivals and concert series around the world, including the Chamber Music at the “Y” series in New York City, Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, and the Santa Fe and Seattle Chamber Music Festivals.
Violist Danny Kim joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2016-17 season and was appointed third chair violist during the 2017-18 season. As a chamber musician, Danny has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Pro Arte Quartet, and collaborated in performances with such distinguished artists as Joseph Silverstein, Peter Wiley, Marcy Rosen, Richard O’Neill, Charles Neidich, Anthony McGill, and Nathan Hughes. He has performed with the Metropolis Ensemble in collaboration with Questlove and The Roots, the New York Classical Players, Camerata Virtuosi New Jersey, and Symphony in C. He appeared on Sesame Street with Maestro Alan Gilbert of the New York Philharmonic. Danny recently completed a tour of South Korea with his string quartet, Quartet Senza Misura. Upcoming engagements include a tour of Europe with the BSO and joining the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester for the fall season as part of the BSO-Gewandhaus Alliance.
Cellist Michelle Djokic is Founder and Artistic Director of the Concordia Chamber Players. Since its inception in 1995 Concordia has become known for thoughtful and adventurous programming, with its performances broadcast regularly on WWFM in Princeton, NJ. Her recording with Quartet San Francisco entitled “QSF Plays Brubeck” earned a 2010 Grammy Nomination in Best Classical Crossover. Active as a chamber musician, Ms. Djokic has been invited to collaborate with Emanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler, Lynn Harrell, Toby Appel and Cho-Liang Lin, among others, as well as the Boston Chamber Players. In 2007 she became a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Upon moving to Northern California from the East Coast in 2005 Michelle served as Assistant Principal Cellist of the San Francisco Symphony for two seasons. Her greatest passion is chamber music collaborations with her colleagues around the world and sharing in the development of young musicians.
Michael Brown has been described as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers” (The New York Times). Mr. Brown regularly makes solo appearances with orchestras such as the Seattle, North Carolina, New Haven, and Albany Symphonies. During the 2016-17 season he was selected by pianist Sir András Schiff to perform across the US and Europe. He has performed at Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in NYC, the Kennedy Center in DC, Wigmore Hall in London, DeSingel in Antwerp, and the Louvre in Paris; and appeared in festivals such as Marlboro, [email protected], Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Ravinia, Bard, Chamber Music Sedona, and Moab. He can be heard on recordings as soloist with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot in the music of Messiaen, and as soloist with the Brandenburg State Symphony in Samuel Adler’s First Piano Concerto for LINN Records, among others.
For more information on the Concordia Chamber Players, visit concordiaplayers.org
Listen to this excerpt from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo
and enjoy this excerpt of Erich Korngold’s Suite Opus 23 for Left Hand Piano, 2 violins and cello (Rondo-Finale). You’ll discover why Concordia Chamber Players has been a staple of The Princeton Festival since its inception, returning year after year as an audience favorite!