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The Sanctuary Series Announces 2018-19 Season


The Sanctuary Series

Presenting extraordinary keyboard performances in the heart of the historic South Salem Hamlet, bosted by the South Salem Presbyterian Church.

 

October 8, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Dean Travalino 914-763-5402 [email protected]
Mary Jane Newman, 203-550-5992 [email protected]

Pianist Dmitri Levkovich Opens Sixth Season of The Sanctuary Series in South Salem

The Sanctuary Series begins its 2018-2019 Season on Sunday afternoon, November 11, with “Studies in Virtuosity” featuring Ukrainian-Canadian pianist Dmitri Levkovich in the Sanctuary of the South Salem Presbyterian Church at 4 PM followed by an artist reception.

Praised for “artistic sophistication far above the ordinary” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Levkovich continues to captivate audiences across the globe at venues including Carnegie Hall, Theatre des Champs Elysees, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts and the Berliner Philharmonie. He returns to open the season with a virtuosic program that includes Haydn, Newman and Liszt and concludes with Chopin, a composer for whom Levkovich has received particular international acclaim as an interpreter and whose work he has recently recorded in Germany.

Now entering its sixth season, The Sanctuary Series remains committed to presenting “extraordinary keyboard recitals in the pastoral setting of northern Westchester’s historic South Salem Hamlet.” The six-concert series will also feature keyboardist Anthony Newman in an all-Bach Holiday performance with brass an timpani (Dec. 16), pianist Peter Serkin (March 17, 2019), the Sonicals Piano Duo featuring George Lopez and Joel A. Martin (April 7), and pianists Andrius Žlabys (April 28) and Ko-Eun Yi (May 12).

South Salem Presbyterian Church is at 111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY, just 4 miles West of the fountain in Ridgefield CT. Tickets begin at $25 ($15 students) for general admission in advance and can be purchased on the Series website www.thesanctuaryseries.org.  For more information email  [email protected] or call 914 763 5402. Visit the series on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/thesanctuaryseries and follow on Twitter @Pianosanctuary.


The Sanctuary Series 2018/2019 Season

Dmitri Levkovich
Photo Credit_Elina Akselrud 2011

Nov. 11, 2018 4 pm     Studies in Virtuosity with Dmitri Levkovich

Praised for “artistic sophistication far above the ordinary” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Levkovich continues to captivate audiences across the globe at venues including Carnegie Hall, Theatre des Champs Elysees, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts and the Berliner Philharmonie. He returns to open the season with a virtuosic program that includes Haydn, Newman and Liszt and concludes with Chopin, a composer for whom Levkovich has received particular international acclaim as an interpreter and whose work he has recently recorded in Germany.

 


Dec. 16, 2018 4 pm     Bach for the Holidays with Anthony Newman and friends

Labeled the “High Priest of Bach,” by Wynton Marsalis, internationally acclaimed keyboardist, Anthony Newman, presents an all-Bach holiday concert on piano and organ. Experience America’s leading organist, harpsichordist and Bach specialist perform selections from The Well-tempered Clavier and the Italian Concerto on piano and selected organ works, including portions of the Christmas Oratorio and Sinfonia from Cantata 29, accompanied by a trio of acclaimed trumpeters, David Glukh, Max Morel and Sam Jones with timpani. A special holiday afternoon not to be missed!

March 17, 2019 4 pm     Channeling the Masters with Peter Serkin, piano

“Peter Serkin is one of the handful of pianists who not only possess a cerebral understanding of the music of our time but the ability to communicate it with feeling. In his hands, even the most formidable works are fluid and expressive” (The New York Times). Mr. Serkin holds a singular place among today’s classical music artists, admired equally for his performance of established repertoire and as a consummate interpreter of contemporary music. He has performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras and is equally accomplished as a chamber musician. Mr. Serkin presents a compelling program which explores Mozart’s later piano works with Bach’s Goldberg Variations as its centerpiece.

Sanctuary Series 2018-19

April 7, 2019 4 pm     The Sonicals Piano Duo with George Lopez and Joel A. Martin

Since meeting in 2016, George Lopez and Joel A. Martin, have been reinventing music for two pianos with informed improvisation that redefines the chamber music experience. Lopez, who was born in Brooklyn and raised in Belize, studied piano in Amsterdam and Paris and has been featured across the globe as recitalist and soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. Currently, he is artist-in-residence at Bowdoin College in Maine. At 17, Joel Martin was the youngest pianist ever, and the first African American, to compete in the 1985 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has appeared as soloist with major orchestras, including the NY Philharmonic. The creator of Jazzical®, a marriage of classical and jazz, Martin has collaborated with and/or written music for Grammy® Award-winners Kathleen Battle, Fergie, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and cellist Eugene Friesen of the Paul Winter Consort. In 2016, he received critical acclaim for an appearance with Ms. Battle at the Met.

April 28, 2019 4 pm     Easy Virtuosity with Andrius Žlabys

Grammy®-nominated pianist Andrius Žlabys, has received international acclaim for his appearances with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Rotterdam Symphony, and Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires.

Born in Lithuania and trained at the Curtis Institute of Music, Žlabys’s artistry has received numerous accolades from the press in the U.S. and Europe, including The New York Times, which called his playing “…tasteful, communicative and utterly absorbing,” and The Strad, which stated: “His easy virtuosity is a wonder.” The Philadelphia Inquirer once said of his performance of Bach, “… you couldn’t escape the notion that the pianist was acting as Bach’s ventriloquist ….”  Žlabys showcases his multi-faceted talents with an elegant program that travels gracefully from Bach to Beethoven and finishes with Prokofiev.

May 12, 2019 4 pm     Inner Voices with Ko-Eun Yi

Korean pianist Ko-Eun Yi, a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, has garnered numerous top prizes in her young career. The Washington Post applauded her recent debut recital in DC: “a masterful technician … Her finger-work was immaculate, inner voices were keenly drawn out, and there was no lack of power when needed.” The Cincinnati Enquirer praised her Gold medal-winning concerto performance at the World Piano Competition: “… her playing was at once flawless and dazzling…”  Her U.S. concerto highlights include Major orchestras with acclaimed conductors, both in the US and internationally. This special Mother’s Day event concludes with an artist reception and a champagne toast to moms.