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David Finckel, Cello & Wu Han, Piano
May 5 @ 7:30 pm$36
“When a pair of genuine artists explodes on the stage, exuding not only glamour and theatrical flair but also superb musical insight, the audience’s thrill is twofold.” — Washington Post
Chamber Music Concerts presents David Finckel, Cello, & Wu Han, Piano, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland.
Friday’s program features Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Cello Sonata no. 2 in A Major, Op. 81; Dmitri Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello & Piano in D Minor, Op. 40; and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Sonata for Cello & Piano in G Minor, Op. 19. Saturday’s program includes J. S. Bach’s Sonata no. 3 in G minor for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord, BWV 1029; Johannes Brahms’ Sonata No. 2 in F Major for Cello & Piano, Op. 99; Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano; and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Sonata for Cello & Piano no. 1 in C Minor, Op. 32.
Tickets are $36-$45, with discounts for full-time students and Oregon Trail Card holders. To purchase tickets and see program details, visit ChamberMusicConcerts.org.
Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han’s multifaceted careers as concert performers, artistic directors, recording artists, educators, and cultural entrepreneurs distinguish them as two of today’s most influential classical musicians. They are recipients of Musical America’s Musician of the Year award, one of the highest honors granted to artists by the music industry in the United States. They appear annually at the world’s most prestigious concert series and venues, as soloists and as chamber musicians.
David and Wu Han have served as artistic co-directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) since 2004. During the pandemic, their design and programming of a plethora innovative digital events, from concerts to lectures, sustained and even grew CMS’s audiences in New York and around the world. This unparalleled, historic period is only the latest chapter in CMS’s growth under their leadership, which includes: partnerships with Medici TV, Tencent, Radio Television Hong Kong and the All Arts broadcast channel; the establishment of thriving satellite series; an expansion of touring, and comprehensive media initiatives. During the time when concert halls were closed, they produced more than 270 digital projects for CMS, Music@Menlo and ArtistLed. Together, they created CMS’s Front Row National project, which has brought almost more than 400 CMS digital performances and events to over 60 chamber music presenters and their audiences around North America.