Violinist Gidon Kremer Performs “After Bach,” Joined by Pianist Andrius Zlabys and Percussionist Andrei Pushkarev, at UCLA Live, Nov. 19
UCLA Live presents iconoclastic Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, lauded as one of the most expressive and compellingly original artists of his generation, joined by Lithuanian pianist Andrius Zlabys and Ukrainian percussionist Andrei Pushkarev in "After Bach," a program of Bach, Bartók, Pärt, Piazzolla and Tickmayer. The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus and will run 1 hour and 30 minutes with an intermission. For tickets visit www.UCLALive.org, call 310-825-2101 or contact Ticketmaster.
Featuring celebrated works composed or influenced by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), "After Bach" opens with Kremer and Pushkarev performing Bach's "Fuga Canonica," which gloriously presents Baroque fugal practice from his epic collection "Musical Offering," BWV 1079 (1747). The program will also feature Kremer and Zlabys in a radical reworking of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's "Fratres," his most performed piece, first composed in 1977 for the early music group Hortus Musicus. Kremer will be showcased in Béla Bartók's "Sonata for Solo Violin," a formidable homage to the great Baroque master. Kremer, Zlabys and Pushkarev will perform Stevan Kovac Tickmayer's "Three Variations on a Hymn of J.S. Bach," based on the hymn "Brunnquell aller Güter" (BWV 445) from a 1653 melody by Johann Crüger. The trio will conclude the evening with popular Latin American classical composer Astor Piazzolla's "Grand Tango" and "Three Milongas," which offer similar opportunities and challenges to those found in both the baroque compositions of Bach's day and romantic music.
Performing with soul-stirring intensity and boundless imagination, Kremer has made waves with his commanding interpretations of even the most standard works in the course of his distinguished 30-year career. His wide-ranging repertoire encompasses classical and romantic violin works as well as music by modern masters.
appeared on virtually every major concert stage with the leading orchestras of
Born in 1947 in
Zlabys has appeared throughout the world as a soloist, recitalist and chamber
musician, performing with such artists as Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Hilary Hahn.
He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra in
2001 and participated in the Lockenhaus Music Festival in
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duo with Kremer in concert halls from
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