While I remain offline for the moment and don’t ordinarily use this space for announcements, in this case I must make an exception to both rules. The occasion is a Central European Tour of Chamber Music from the Bard College Conservatory of Music, including stops in Debrecen, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Brno, and Prague.
The fine musicians include Contemporaneous members violinist Sabrina Tabby and bassoonist Dávid Adam Nagy (a Bard Concerto Competition winner), Noémi Sallai and Rastislav Huba (the excellent clarinetist and cellist, respectively, in a recent Bard performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time). Nagy, Tabby, Sallai, and Huba will join cellist Robert Martin, Director and Faculty, Bard Conservatory of Music, and violist Péter Bársony, professor at Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, as well as Bard Conservatory students and graduates Alex Meyer (oboe), Renata Rakova (clarinet), Ferenc Farkas (trumpet), Szilvia Mikó (piano), and Adrienn Kántor (flute).
The program will include works by Dohnanyi, Mozart, and Schubert, and the premiere of a new work for flute quartet by a Conservatory undergraduate composer, Sunbin Kim. For more information, click here and here.
Can Contemporaneous on the Danube be far behind?
Performances by some of the musicians noted can be heard at the links provided. Sabrina Tabby performs in Dylan Mattingly‘s Six Night Sunrise here, and Tabby and Nagy perform in Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D Major here.
Whilst we too are officially ‘off line’, we cannot allow this to pass without saying how enormously excited we are to be in Budapest for the concert on the 13th. January, to which we are so looking forward, and also to have had, through your extreme kindness and introduction, Susan, the great pleasure of meeting with the extremely talented and so very charming Dávid Nagy who we are so very delighted to be able to think of and know as a friend.
Needless to say, I am utterly delighted about this new strand in the web of cross-Atlantic connection. I do hope the next strand will be meeting you two “live” myself. Enjoy the concert. My ears will be burning!
Here’s to a joyous New Year for all!
Most certainly it will. Our all meeting ‘live’ is only a matter of time – and a short one at that!
I wish my magic carpet wasn’t in the shop.
Same here! I do hope to get to that area of the world before too much more time goes by. Do you know Claudio Magris’s Danube? That really sparked my imagination about this area of the world.
I don’t, you you can bet I’ll be looking for it!
How sad indeed that we cannot be there ourselves. But you are the lucky one, you can listen to them at home (in the States), and you can also meet them and hear their thoughts on music first hand.
Happy New Year, dear Susan.
It would be fun, wouldn’t it? It’s great that the Hattatts will be going and perhaps we’ll get a report. And yes, I certainly am grateful for all the opportunities that come my way to hear these fine musicians close to home. Happy New Year, to you and yours!
Do I spot two Hungarian names and a Czech on the team already? The new-old world links remain strong, it seems. I’ll tell my Viennese friends to be there if they can. All the very best new year wishes to you and yours.
Doubtless the case, though I’m only beginning to learn the origins of the musician’s names. (I only learned recently that David Nagy was born in Hungary, in fact!) A very Happy New Year to you and yours as well.
‘Nagy’ stuck in my mind as in Moholy-Nagy because I believe it’s pronounced ‘Nodge’?
I wish you a happy journey and wonderful musical and other experiences! Britta
Would that I could be there, but alas, I’m the wrong side of the pond this time around–though I do hope to get to this area of the world before too much more time goes by.