The Sixth Concert Series at Camphill Ghent, Gili Melamed-Lev, Director
In my preview of last year’s concert series, I believe I may have used some culinary metaphor to characterize the general tendency of the programming. While you will hear some short, not always trivial pieces thrown in for fun, one can rely on serious taste of Ms. Melamed-Lev and the musicians she brings to Camphill Ghent. A perusal of the list below will explain it all and make it clear that a season pass is the way to approach the series and not miss anything (the concerts almost always sell out) but it may help to point out a few highlights.
Gilbert Kalish has been admired for a good fifty years for his intelligent and thoughtful approach to music, and this will be amply evident in his playing of preludes and fugues by Bach and Shostakovich, a movement from Ives’ great “Concord” Sonata, and mazurkas and nocturnes by Chopin.
Inbal Segev, one of the most respected of the younger cellists, will play one of Bach’s suites, Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata from 1934. Chopin’s works for cello, the only solo instrument he wrote for other than the piano, come from his friendship with the great French player, Auguste Franchomme.
In December, there will be late masterpieces for trio by Brahms and Schubert; in February Mozart’s late C Major Trio and Dvořák’s beloved “Dumky” Trio; then in March, Brahms’ great g minor Piano Quartet.
The season will close in May with Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds and a work many think to be Schubert’s greatest, the C Major String Quintet. In these students from Bard Conservatory will make their annual appearance, with Robert Martin, the director of the program.
Gili Melamed-Lev will play the piano in all of those following Mr. Kalish’s appearance, and she will be joined by some of the most distinguished chamber musicians in America, included Eugene Drucker and Roberta Cooper, Joel Pitchon and others.
Opening Concert with Pianist Gilbert Kalish
On Saturday, October 14 at 3pm, Gilbert Kalish, three-time Grammy Award nominee and one of the leading pianists and educators of our time, will inspire us with a fascinating program:
Preludes and Fugues by Bach and Shostakovich
“The Alcotts” from the Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata
“In the Mists” by Janáček
Nocturne by Sheila Silver
Mazurkas and Nocturnes by Chopin.
We hope to see you at the concerts! Please join us to a reception following the concert.
Michael Miller, Editor and Publisher of New York Arts and The Berkshire Review, an International Journal for the Arts, was trained as a classicist and art historian at Harvard and Oxford, worked in the art world for many years as a curator and dealer, and contributed reviews and articles to Bostonia, Master Drawings, Drawing, Threshold, and North American Opera Journal, as well as numerous articles for scholarly and popular periodicals. He has taught courses in classics, the English language, and art history at Oberlin, Rutgers, New York University, the New School, and Williams. Currently, when he is not at work on The Berkshire Review and New York Arts, he writes fiction, pursues photography, and publishes scholarly work. In 2011 he contributed an introductory essay to Leonard Freed: The Italians / exh. cat. Io Amo L'Italia, exhibition at Le Stelline, Milan, Il Museo di Roma a Trastevere, etc. and wrote the revised the section on American opera houses in The Grove Dictionary of American Music. He is currently at work on a libretto for a new opera by Lewis Spratlan, Midi, an adaptation of Euripides' Medea set in the French West Indies, ca. 1930.