VIRTUOSO DUO PLAY MASTERPIECES FOR CLARINET AND PIANO
Misuzu Tanaka and Maksim Shtrykov. Photo: Denis Gostev
Salon Series, the Parrish Art Museum’s concert program featuring award-winning artists performing in an intimate, casual setting that evokes the salons of Paris, features a roster of internationally recognized young musicians. On Friday, October 11 at 6pm, Misuzu Tanaka and Maksim Shtrykov—the highly acclaimed piano/clarinet duo that performs concerts throughout the U.S.—will play masterpieces written expressly for the instrumental combination, plus Shtrykov’s original transcription of a flute/piano sonata. At all Salon Series concerts, performers offer insight and personal anecdotes about their programs, andattendees can meet and talk with the musicians following the concerts.
“Salon Series is a highlight of our music programming at the Parrish,” said Museum Director Terrie Sultan. “It’s so much more than a concert—it’s the opportunity for audience and performer to come together in an intimate dialogue about the work of great composers.”
Clarinet and piano duos are rare on the modern concert stage despite the breadth of extraordinary music written for the instruments, and the Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo’s mission is to bring this repertoire to light. The program opens with Felix Mendelssohn’s (1809 -1847) Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E-flat Major, composed by when he was only 15 years old. In the tradition of true chamber music, the clarinet and the piano are used equally as a melody and an accompaniment instrument. Rather than exploit the full range of the instrument, Mendelssohn’s clarinet part is known for its elegant lyricism.
Donato Lovreglio (1841- 1907), an Italian composer and flutist who wrote music primarily for that instrument, is known for arranging themes from operas, specifically those by Giuseppe Verdi. Shtrykov and Tanaka will play the Concert Fantasy based on the motifs from La Traviata by Verdi. Their Salon Series program concludes with Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 94, originally composed for flute, by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953). The duo will play Shtrykov’s original arrangement of the piece for clarinet and piano.
Avid chamber music collaborators, Shtrykov and Tanaka have been working together since 2012, when they met and experienced a unique artistic connection. Graduates of The Juilliard School, they also enjoy extensive international solo careers that have taken them to Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Germany’s Leipzig Gewandhaus and Japan’s Izumi Hall. Season highlights of 2019-2020 include performances at the Placitas Artist Series (NM), Parrish Art Museum Salon Series (NY), and Art Complex Museum Concert Series (MA), among others; as well as the release of their debut album, Epilogues, focusing on the last works of Johannes Brahms, Francis Poulenc, and Camille Saint-Saëns
During past season, they appeared in concert series across the country including Black Hills Chamber Music Society (SD), Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society (CA), Chamber Music Society of Maryland, Fairmont Chamber Music Society (WV), the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts and Cedarhurst Chamber Music Series (IL), Festival Amadeus (MT), Summer Stars Classical Series (NJ), Frederick Collection Historical Piano Concerts (MA), Rochester Institute of Technology Performing Artists Concert Series, and Endless Mountain Festival (NY) to name a few.
Tickets for all Salon Series concerts are $25; $10 for Parrish Members and include Museum admission. The Golden Pear Café and the Parrish will be open before and after the concerts. Reservations and advance payment required.
SALON SERIES: Fall, 2019
All concerts on Fridays, 6pm
October 4: Pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski
October 11: Clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov and pianist Misuzu Tanaka
October 18: Pianist Yoonie Han
October 25: Violinist Eiko Kano and pianist Karén Hakobyan.
Salon Series is generously supported by Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, The Jeannette and H. Peter Kriendler Charitable Trust, and Concert Artists Guild; and sponsored by Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.
Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor, Bank of America. Additional support provided by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.
Parrish Art Museum
Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.
Concert Artists Guild
Founded in 1951 with a mission to discover, nurture, and promote young musicians, Concert Artists Guild provides support to a roster of talented artists during a critical and formative time: between completion of formal studies and the achievement of an established career. Artists are selected through a rigorous multi-round annual competition open to traditional and non-traditional instrumentalists, ensembles, and singers. CAG has helped several hundred young musicians start careers over the past sixty years.
Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.