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Solo piano and 4-hand works with guest artist Isabelle O'Connell.

Alle Menschen müssen sterben, BWV 643                        — JS Bach/György Kurtág
Gottes Zeit is die allerbeste Zeit: Sonatina, BWV 106           (1685-1750)/ (b.1926)
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 687
O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV deest
Allein Gott in de Höh' sei Ehr, BWV 711

Sonata for Piano, Four Hands                                               — Francis Poulenc
       I. Prelude                                                                                  (1899-1963)
       II. Rustique
       III. Final

                               Laura Barger and Isabelle O'Connell, piano

Visions fugitives, Op. 22                                                        — Sergei Prokofiev
                                                                                                        (1891-1953)
                                         
                                            Laura Barger, piano

 

This is part of the 92Y School of Music Faculty Concert Series. All concerts are free of charge and held in the Weill Art Gallery.

Brief Bios

Laura Barger is a founding member of piano-percussion quartet Yarn/Wire. In 2012, TimeOutNY named Yarn/Wire's residency at Issue Project Room one of the year's top ten live classical music performances. The ensemble is admired for their energetic and precise performances of new music, and has been in residency at universities across the US such as Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Vanderbilt, and this fall will make their debut at the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento. In addition to her work with Y/W, Laura has performed across the US, Canada and Europe as a dedicated interpreter of contemporary music in a variety of idioms. She is currently on faculty at John Jay College and the 92nd St Y School of Music.

Described by the New Yorker as “the young Irish piano phenom”, pianist Isabelle O’Connell has performed across the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Ireland. Recent solo engagements have included a performance at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and performing Kevin Volans’ piano concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Her debut solo album Reservoir was released in 2010 to critical acclaim and features solo piano music by nine contemporary Irish composers. Isabelle is co-founder of GrandBand, New York’s new music piano sextet, described by The New York Times as: "six of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York's contemporary-classical scene”. As a chamber musician, Isabelle has performed with the CRASH ensemble,  Alarm Will Sound and Ergodos ensemble. She has also performed with John Adams at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, Meredith Monk at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival and with the New Zealand String Quartet at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Isabelle has a reputation for being a dynamic interpreter and energetic advocate of music by 20th and 21st century composers, regularly commissioning and premiering new works. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and television on both sides of the Atlantic, including WNYC, WQXR, WFMT Chicago, BBC3, RTE, TV3 and Lyric FM. For more info check out: www.isabelleoconnell.com.

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