PREformances With Allison Charney Continues 10th Season

This article was originally published on in February 2019.

PREFORMANCES WITH Allison Charney offered its second evening concert of its Tenth Anniversary Season on Monday, February 11 at Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center with a star-studded guest roster including New York Philharmonic principal cellist – Carter Brey; co-concert master of both the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra – Eriko Sato; principal flutist of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s – Elizabeth Mann and pianist Donna Weng Friedman performing together with series founder, soprano Allison Charney and collaborative pianist, Craig Ketter.

A proponent of new works, PREFORMANCES’ February concert featured a collaboration of soprano Allison Charney, violinist Eriko Sato and pianist Donna Weng Friedman performing a movement of Kim D. Sherman’s “The Clara Cycle” – which receives its world premiere on the Her/Music;Her/Story concert this March at Steinway Hall. In a highlight of the evening, cellist Carter Brey treated the audience to a thrilling performance of his own composition for solo cello, “Tango para Ilaria” and also performed with Ms. Weng Friedman several pieces by Rachmaninoff and Kreisler that they are considering as encores for their upcoming concert at Princeton University.

Ms. Weng Friedman played Scriabin’s “Nocturne for the Left Hand” exquisitely, and, despite suffering from a traumatic injury to her right hand, accompanied Ms Sato with extraordinary grace in their heartbreakingly beautiful rendition of Lili Boulanger’s “Nocturne”.

Flutist Elizabeth Mann rounded out the instrumental music with a stirring interpretation of Copland’s “Duo For Flute and Piano” with series’ collaborative pianist, Craig Ketter.

Series founder, soprano Allison Charney performed several operatic arias, including “Pace, pace mio dio” from Verdi’s LA FORZA DEL DESTINO which the audience greeted with thunderous applause. As always each PREFORMANCES concludes with Ms. Charney’s signature performance of Zueignung by Strauss, which brought the packed audience at Merkin Hall to its feet for a rousing standing ovation.

PREFORMANCES WITH Allison Charney 10th Anniversary Concert Series continues Monday March 11th, 2019 at 1:00 pm with featured guest artists The Neave Trio; cellist Susan Salm and pianist Reiko Uchida.

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