January 23, 2021 | 8:00 PM | Michigan Theater
Behind the Music
Amidst the darkness of the winter, Michigan Theater will come alive on January 23 with the sounds of Mozart’s Vienna. We begin the evening with international pianists Arthur Greene and Christopher Harding in a performance of Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for 2 Pianos. Following this fiery double concerto, we will hear the influence of Mozart in Schubert’s Symphony No. 5. The evening will conclude with Ravel’s La Valse, and Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier Suite.
MOZART Concerto No. 10 for 2 Pianos
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5
RAVEL La Valse
STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Arthur Greene, piano
Christopher Harding, piano
Jacob Joyce, conductor
Arthur Greene, Piano
Arthur Greene grew up in New York City and Sheffield, Massachusetts. He now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spends summers in Lviv, Ukraine. He graduated from Yale University, and then received degrees from Juilliard and Stony Brook, where he studied with Martin Canin. He has been described as “a profound musician” – The Washington Post, and “a masterful pianist” – The New York Times. Accolades include “Intoxicating appeal” – Mainichi Daily News, Japan; “A romantic splendor of sound-colors” – Ruhr Nachrichten; “Stellar Scriabinist” American Record Guide.
Arthur Greene won first prizes in the William Kapell and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions and was a top laureate at the Busoni International Competition. He presented the complete solo piano works of Johannes Brahms in a series of six programs in Boston and recorded the complete etudes of Alexander Scriabin for Supraphon. Mr. Greene has played the 10 Sonata Cycle of Alexander Scriabin in many important international venues, including multi-media presentations with Symbolist artworks. He has joined in performing mazurkas with the Janusz Prusinowski Kompania, a Polish folk ensemble.
Mr. Greene has made six recordings together with his wife, the violinist Solomia Soroka, for Naxos and Toccata Classics, including the Violin-Piano Sonatas of William Bolcom. All of these were works never before recorded in the West.
Arthur Greene has played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco, Utah, and National Symphonies, the Czech National Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony, and many others. He has played recitals in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Moscow Rachmaninov Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Lisbon Sao Paulo Opera House, Hong Kong City Hall and concert houses in Shanghai and Beijing. He toured Japan and Korea many times. He was an Artistic Ambassador to Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia for the United States Information Agency.He has participated in numerous music festivals, and currently teaches at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival and at Music Fest Perugia.
Arthur Greene is Professor of Piano at the University of Michigan, where he has won the Harold Haugh Award for Excellence in Studio Teaching. Among the highlights of his teaching career was the presentation, together with his supremely talented students, of a recital series with the complete solo works of Chopin performed in chronological order, in nine concerts. Mr. Greene is a frequent judge of piano competitions around the world. His current and former students include prizewinners in international competitions, and his former students hold important teaching posts throughout the United States.
Christopher Harding, Piano
Pianist Christopher Harding maintains a flourishing international performance career, generating acclaim and impressing audiences and critics alike with his substantive interpretations and pianistic mastery. He has given frequent solo, concerto, and chamber music performances in venues as far-flung as the Kennedy Center and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; Suntory Hall in Tokyo; the National Theater Concert Hall in Taipei; the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary; and halls and festival appearances in Newfoundland, Israel, Romania, and China. His concerto performances have included concerts with the National Symphony and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras, the San Angelo and Santa Barbara Symphonies, and the Tokyo City Philharmonic, working with such conductors as Andrew Sewell, Eric Zhou, Taijiro Iimori, Gisele Ben-Dor, Fabio Marchetti, Randall Craig Fleisher, John DeMain, Ron Spiegelman, Daniel Alcott, and Darryl One, among others. His chamber music and duo collaborations have included internationally renowned artists such as clarinetist Karl Leister, flautist Andras Adorjan, and members of the St. Lawrence and Ying String Quartets, in addition to frequent projects with his distinguished faculty colleagues at the University of Michigan. He has recorded solo and chamber music CDs for the Equilibrium and Brevard Classics labels. He has additionally edited and published critical editions and recordings of works by Claude Debussy (Children’s Corner, Arabesques, and shorter works) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Viennese Sonatinas) for the Schirmer Performance Editions published by Hal Leonard.
Jacob Joyce, Conductor
Recently appointed as the Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony, Jacob Joyce is quickly gaining recognition as a dynamic and innovative presence on the podium. Joyce also served as a Conducting Fellow for the Fort Worth Symphony, and has previously held positions as Associate Conductor of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Berkeley College Orchestra, and Cover Conductor of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston. An avid promoter of contemporary music, Joyce has conducted several premieres of orchestral and operatic works. Joyce studied Orchestral Conducting at the New England Conservatory. He has attended the Tanglewood Music Center and the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, where he was awarded the Robert Spano Conducting Prize. Joyce has been recognized as a semifinalist in the LSO Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, and was also a semifinalist in the Solti International Conducting Competition, where he conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Frankfurt Museums-orchester. Joyce graduated from Yale College in 2014 with a B.A. in Music and Economics. He received an M.M. in Violin Performance from the Yale School of Music in 2015.
When compared to other works from Dvorâk’s “American period,” his Cello Concerto No. 1 in B minor occupies a unique sonic space. The work is notably meloncholic with some of the most emotive and expressive melodic phrases written during the composer’s stay in America. While other well-known compositions from this period are reflections on Dvorâk’s new surroundings, this cello concerto looks inward.
Not Your Average Fairy
Six years before Stravinisky premiered his four-movement orchestral suite of A Fary’s Kiss in New York City, the work was premiered as a ballet in Paris. This larger-scale production was adapted from the dark Hans Christien-Andersen fariytale, The Ice Maiden. The story is of a boy who is cursed with immortality from a kiss. The fairy in the story broke the mold for fairytales of this time period displaying a bosterious personality and commanding precense on stage.