Season Finale: The Soul of the Americas

Ian David Rosenbaum, percussion | Orion Weiss, piano | Michael Brown, piano | Nicholas Canellakis, cello

April 26, 2020 | 3:00pm

Sedona Performing Arts Center
995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336

A celebration of the rich tapestry of musical influences across North and South America, “The Soul of the Americas” will showcase the works of seven iconic composers. Acclaimed musicians Ian David Rosenbaum, Orion Weiss, Michael Brown, and Nicholas Canellakis will take audiences on a sizzling journey through both hemispheres for a thrilling conclusion to the 2019-20 season.

About the artists

Ian David Rosenbaum

Since making his Kennedy Center debut in 2009, percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum has garnered widespread praise for his “excellent” and “precisely attuned” performances (The New York Times). In 2012, he joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two as only the second percussionist selected in the program’s history. Rosenbaum’s recent performance highlights include The Industry’s world premiere production of Galileo, a ten-city West Coast tour with Sandbox Percussion, and the world premiere of there is no one, not even the wind by John Luther Adams with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Orion Weiss

As one of the most in-demand soloists of his generation, pianist Orion Weiss frequently dazzles audiences worldwide with his passionate and impeccably crafted performances. He has performed at prestigious venues including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, as well as many leading festivals. He was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in September 2010 and is also a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Gilmore Young Artist Award.

Michael Brown

Hailed as “one of the most refined of all pianist-composers” (International Piano), Michael Brown is known for a unique and innovative artistry that often interweaves the classics with his own compositions and other contemporary works. A winner of the 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Brown was selected by legendary pianist and conductor András Schiff to perform on an international solo recital tour. As an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, he regularly performs at Alice Tully Hall and on tour, as well as with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis. Brown is a prolific recording artist whose albums include a 2018 release of Mendelssohn and Beethoven on First Hand Records and an all-George Perle CD.

Nicholas Canellakis 

Considered one of the most talented and sought-after cellists of his generation, Nicholas Canellakis frequently performs as a soloist with orchestras around the world, alongside duo partner Michael Brown, and at famed classical music festivals. Canellakis is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center who made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in 2015. After assuming the coveted position of Artistic Director of Chamber Music Sedona in 2018, Canellakis has been striving to advance the organization’s reputation as one of the leading presenters of chamber music in the U.S.

Program

Aaron Copland Danza de Jalisco from Two Mexican Pieces
Leonard Bernstein Three Meditations from Mass (version for cello, piano, and percussion)
Samuel Barber Souvenirs for Piano, Four Hands, op. 28
Osvaldo Golijov Mariel for Cello and Marimba
Heitor Villa-Lobos Divagação for Cello, Piano, and Drum
Heitor Villa-Lobos – A Maré Encheu from Guia Pratico for Solo Piano
– O Polichinelo from Prole do Bebê for Solo Piano
Alberto Ginastera Pampeana No. 2, Rhapsody for Cello and Piano, op. 21
George Gershwin Cuban Overture for Piano, Four Hands and Percussion