Choreographer Victor Quijada brings together classical dance composition and West Coast hip-hop like no one before him. His unique style of movement has uprooted the boundaries of contemporary dance, creating a singular language uniquely his own. With Ever So Slightly, his company, RUBBERBANDance Group, accompanied by a DJ and live music, combines delicacy and finesse with brute, high-voltage movement to capture the energy of urgency, revolt and flight from danger. The work takes a look at change, the many elements that lead…Find out more »
A connoisseur’s ideal of intuitive playing and pure musical focus, the Hagen Quartet has been called “the pinnacle of musicality” (Die Presse). Founded in Salzburg in 1981, the quartet is comprised of three Hagen siblings — first violinist Lukas, violist Veronika and cellist Clemens — joined by second violinist Rainer Schmidt. For this extremely rare West Coast appearance, the Hagen Quartet performs quartets by Shostakovich and Mendelssohn, along with Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums), one of Puccini’s few non-operatic works, an emotional elegy written in…Find out more »
Praised by The Washington Post for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,” pianist George Li possesses an effortless grace, brilliant virtuosity and poised authority far beyond his years. A silver medalist at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Li has garnered international attention with performances on the world’s most prestigious stages, including at the White House for President Obama. “Breathtaking virtuosity and natural grace” — Le Télégramme PROGRAM HAYDN: Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:49, Op. 69 SCHUBERT: Impromptu…Find out more »
Grammy-winning Third Coast Percussion has forged a unique path in the musical landscape with virtuosic, energetic performances that celebrate the extraordinary breadth of musical possibilities in the world of percussion. The ensemble has been praised for “commandingly elegant” (The New York Times) performances and “an inspirational sense of fun and curiosity” (Minnesota Star-Tribune). They will premiere a new work by electronic musician, composer and producer Jlin (Jerrilynn Patton), known for her fiercely original beats. They play as if they’re a…Find out more »
Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities with traditional African dance and other art forms. Integrating songs, storytelling and humor, each performance is unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding. The company presents its latest work, Drumfolk, inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739. This little-known event in American history transformed the African American experience and led to the development of some of our country’s most distinct dance forms like ring shout, tap…Find out more »
Violinist Philip Setzer of the Emerson Quartet joins cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han for this dynamic chamber music trio performance. Finckel, Han and Setzer rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. These friends of Meany Center present a program of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and the heartbreaking lamentation, Shostakovich Trio No. 2, written in the midst of World War II. The music unfolded like a spontaneous, heady conversation among three intimate friends. —…Find out more »
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