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MONDAY, MAR 31 2014, 07:30 PM

The Austrian Cultural Forum is delighted to host this evening exploring the more intimate side of Ernst Krenek’s music with the seminal Austrian composer’s lieder and selected solo and duo works.


Krenek   Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 59 (1928)
Krenek   Suite for Violincello Solo, Op. 84 (1939)
Krenek   Wechselrahmen (Changing Frames) for voice and piano, Op. 189 (1964)
Krenek    Monologue der Stella for voice and piano, Op. 57 (1928)
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor for cello and piano, D. 821
Krenek   Die Nachtigall (The Nightingale), for coloratura soprano and piano, Op.68 (1931)


It was already during his lifetime that Ernst Krenek, who left an oeuvre of more than 240 operas when he died at the age of 91, held quite an extreme position in music history. Due to his great versatility, critics in Europe often spoke of him as constantly changing his “style of composing”, tacitly implying that a creative life must be stylistically uniform. In the United States, however, he was deemed the “one-man history of twentieth-century music”. Krenek lived up to this unique and nearly unbelievable fact -  his complete works span more than seven decades of the twentieth century, ranging from the late 1910s to the end of the 1980s. Taken seriously, this bon mot does not refer to the temporal concordance of his works or his participation in the latest developments in music throughout his life; it rather points to his role as a twentieth-century contemporary.

For more information, please visit > krenek.at


American soprano Ilana Davidson brings a crystalline soprano, assured musicality and interpretive insight to repertoire spanning the 12th to the 21st centuries. Her recording of William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and of Experience conducted by Leonard Slatkin won four Grammy Awards including Best Classical Album in 2006.  Equally at home on the opera and concert stage, upcoming and recent engagements include Mahler Symphony No. 4 with Leonard Slatkin, The Brahms Requiem with Grant Llewellyn, Mahler Symphony No. 2 with Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Ricardo Zohn Muldoon’s Pluck.Pound.Peel at Alice Tully Hall. She has performed roles with the Staatsoper Stuttgart, Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Schwetzingen Festival, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Florida Grand Opera, Nationale Reisopera (NL) and Vlaamse Opera (BE).  At Carnegie Hall Ms. Davidson has sung Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience with Leonard Slatkin and Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Boston Philharmonic. Ms. Davidson made her Avery Fisher Hall debut in Carl Orff's Trionfo di Afrodite with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra and her Alice Tully Hall debut as “The Wife” in Philip Glass/Robert Moran's The Juniper Tree. A very active singer of new music, Ms. Davidson has specialized in the works of Ernst Krenek; recording and performing his operas and art songs in Europe and the United States. Composers with whom she has worked closely include Libby Larson, John Zorn, Melinda Wagner, Bright Sheng, William Bolcom, and Gladys Krenek.

Cellist Jing Li has performed around the world as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Currently residing in Belmont, Massachusetts, she is Acting Principal Cellist of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. She can also be heard performing with the Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Monadnock Music, and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra. Most recently, she has collaborated with soprano Ilana Davidson, co-founding the organization ClassicalCafé, dedicated to bringing exceptional classical performances to local communities.
For more information, visit > www.jinglicello.com and www.classicalcafe.org.

Pianist Mikhail Korzhev is equally active as a solo recitalist, a performer with various chamber groups and as a soloist with orchestras. Korzhev has  collaborated with distinguished conductors: Sergiu Commissiona, Carlo Ponti Jr., and others. His chamber music collaborations include performances with Mladi Chamber Orchestra, Lyris String Quartet and members of St. Petersburg String Quartet. Korzhev won the 2005 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition which focused on the music of Ernst Krenek. Korzhev gave a recital at the Wiener Konzerthaus in September of 2006 about which the Wiener Zeitung wrote: “Korzhev obviously has much affection for Krenek’s personal style, due to this the listener experiences the dramatic qualities of the work…” Following the success of his Vienna debut, Korzhev recorded a CD of Krenek’s piano music, released by Phoenix Edition/Naxos Records in the Summer of 2008 that became an instant top seller and received several enthusiastic reviews in the press. In the summer of 2014 he will be teaching and performing at Montecito International Music Festival in California.


This event is part of the Austrian Cultural Forum's Vienna Complex Festival 2014. The ACFNY is partnering with New York’s Carnegie Hall to present the large-scale Vienna: City of Dreams festival in Spring 2014. The Austrian Cultural Forum opens the mind and senses to Vienna today. Building upon the vast artistic, intellectual, and cultural legacies of Vienna in 1900, the ACFNY explores the vibrant creative fabric of the ‘city of dreams’ in the 21st century with a festival of contemporary music, a symposium, a film series, and a major visual art exhibition titled “Vienna Complex.”

> More information: acfny.org/viennacomplex


Ilana Davidson (c) Rebecca Faye