On Friday, February 24, 2012 at 7:30pm, guitarist Jason Vieaux will perform as part of The Legendary Salon, presented by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) at Alice Tully Hall (65th Street and Broadway, NYC). The concert marks Vieaux’s CMS debut.
With soprano Dina Kuznetsova, he will perform English Renaissance composer John Dowland’s beautiful and melancholy songs Can She Excuse my Wrongs, Flow My Tears, and Come Again, sweet love doth now invite; as well as 20th century Spanish composer Manuel de Falla’s Siete canciones populares españolas (Seven Popular Spanish Songs), which explores music from the different regions of Spain.
“It’s always very refreshing to accompany singers with the guitar, and the Falla songs are just perfect for a guitar arrangement,” Vieaux said. “Many of the gestures Falla was going for in the piano writing are meant to evoke or even imitate the Spanish guitar.” He continued, “John Dowland’s solo dances were among my earliest concert pieces as a youth in Buffalo, and to have this opportunity to perform them with Dina at Lincoln Center is really a thrill.”
The February 24 concert will also include Stravinsky’s Pastorale, Françaix’s String Trio, Debussy’s En Blanc et Noir for Two Pianos, and Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15. In addition to Vieaux and Kuznetsova, performers include Juho Pohjonen, piano; Orion Weiss, piano; Yura Lee, violin; Richard O’Neill, viola; Jakob Koranyi, cello; Stephen Taylor, oboe; Randall Ellis, oboe; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet, and Peter Kolkay, bassoon.
The Legendary Salon is a selection of works that were performed at the musical salon of American arts patron Winnaretta Singer (heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune), also known as the Princesse de Polignac, in Paris and Venice from 1888 through the early 1940s. The concert will be preceded by a discussion with Sylvia Kahan, author of Music’s Modern Muse: A Life of Winnaretta Singer, Princesse de Polignac at 6:30pm in the Rose Studio, free for ticket holders.
About the artist: Guitarist Jason Vieaux is expanding the definition of what it means to be a classical guitarist and changing the face of guitar programming, building a devoted audience and fan base along the way. Vieaux is a musician noted for virtuosic and stirring performances, imaginative programming, and uncommon communicative gifts. His collaborations with the Escher Quartet, flutist Gary Schocker, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and bandoneon/accordion virtuoso Julien Labro continue to display Vieaux’s broad range of musical interests. Recent career highlights include solo performances at Lincoln Center, Spivey Hall, the Chautauqua Festival, and a return to Music@Menlo.