Ensemble Connect’s trademark virtuosity and versatility is showcased in a program that features works by Barber, Brahms, and Sean Shepherd. Barber’s Summer Music—cast in one short movement—soars with beautiful melodies and delights with witty writing in the winds. Brahms’s String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36, is richly romantic and anticipates the power of the composer’s great symphonies. Known for its commitment to the leading composers of our day, Ensemble Connect also performs Octet by Sean Shepherd, who has been hailed as “an exciting composer of the new American generation” (The New York Times).
Program BARBER Summer Music, Op. 31 SEAN SHEPHERD Octet BRAHMS String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36
Performers Ensemble Connect ·· Rosie Gallagher, Flute ·· James Riggs, Oboe ·· Yoonah Kim, Clarinet ·· Bixby Kennedy, Clarinet ·· Rémy Taghavi, Bassoon ·· Nicolee Kuester, French Horn ·· Rebecca Anderson, Violin ·· Adelya Nartadjieva, Violin ·· Maren Rothfritz, Viola ·· Andrew Gonzalez, Viola ·· Madeline Fayette, Cello ·· Julia Yang, Cello ·· Elizabeth Burns, Double Bass
About the performers Celebrating its 10th anniversary during the 2016–2017 season, Ensemble Connect—formerly known as Ensemble ACJW—is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States that prepares them for careers combining musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and the opportunity to partner throughout the fellowship with a New York City public school.
About Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts Carnegie Hall celebrates more than 40 years of partnering with local community organizations to present free Neighborhood Concerts featuring outstanding main-stage artists as well as exciting rising stars of classical, jazz, and world music. These performances tap into the pulse of diverse communities across New York City and bring local residents together to share in the joy of music.