Four young solo artists, each famous in the world of classical music, are coming together this Wednesday, May 8 at TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk. The Virginia Arts Festival presents “Transfigured Nights”, bringing together Sergey Khachatryan, Alisa Weilerstein, Inon Barnatan and Colin Currie.
Inon Barnatan is “one of the most admired pianists of his generation” (The New York Times). He received Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award in 2015, which recognizes “young artists of exceptional accomplishment. He has performed with orchestras around the world. He just completed his final season as the first Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic.
Sergey Khachatryan was born in Armenia. He was the youngest violinist to win first prize at the VIII International Jean Sibelius Competition in Helsinki in 2000. He also performs around the world and with orchestras in the United States.
Colin Currie was born in Scotland and started drumming at age 5. He is Visiting Professor of Solo-Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. He performs with his own group, Colin Currie Group, specializing in the music of Steve Reich.
“Transfigured Nights” is the brainchild of Alisa Weilerstein.Alisa is a young cellist with huge resume. She was awarded a MacArthur genius grant in 2011, just short of age 30. She began her cello career at 2 ½ years old, when her grandmother made her a stringed instrument from an empty box of Rice Krispies. She is an American artist and graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Columbia University.
Alisa brought these artists together from around the world to play music by Beethoven, Schoenberg and Shostakovich in a way that has not been heard before. Rob Cross, Executive Director of the Virginia Arts Festival says, “It’s an opportunity to hear familiar music in a new way, as the artists explore transcriptions of classics that give them a new twist. For instance, you’re hearing the Shostakovich Symphony No. 15 arranged for a piano trio and percussion. The passion of the artists will shine through in this performance.”
“Transfigured Nights” is an unusual configuration of artists. Weilerstein is one of the “world’s great cellists”. A percussionist is not usually included in a classical quartet. Cross says, for “lovers of great music, this concert will be a rare opportunity to hear four truly extraordinary musicians perform together in a labor of love.”
For more information and to purchase tickets, so to https://www.vafest.org