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Crescent City Chamber Music Festival #2

Free Public Concert No. 2
Sanctuary, St. Charles Presbyterian Church
1545 State St.
Friday, October 4, 2019
Doors: 6:30 PM
Pre-Concert Talk: 7 PM
Concert: 7:30 PM

Brahms and Dvořák: Part I

Ensemble-in-Residence the Lysander Trio will present the first of two concerts highlighting the interesting, improbable friendship of these two important composers.  This world-renowned ensemble is joined for Brahms’s C minor Piano Quartet by CCCMF Artistic Director Luke Fleming, who will also give a pre-concert talk.


Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

Sonatensatz in C minor (1853)
Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60 (1875)


Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904)
Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65 (1883)

Lysander Piano Trio

Liza Stepanova, Piano
Itamar Zorman, Violin
Michael Katz, Cello

With Luke Fleming, Viola


• Fr. James Carter String Quartet

Fr. James Carter has always been an avid supporter of the arts, particularly of Loyola’s College of Music and Media. During his tenure as university president, Carter was an outspoken proponent of arts education, and demonstrated time and time again his commitment to Loyola’s unique tradition of excellence in this field.

Quartet includes Amy Thiaville, violin, Rachel Jordan, violin, Bruce Owen, viola, and David Rosen, cello. Event is free and open to the public.

Contact the box office by emailing [email protected] or calling (504) 865-2074.


Versipel New Music Visiting Artist: Craig Hultgren, cello and electronics

Front Gallery 6:00 pm
Tickets: Suggested Donation $20 Adults/$10 Students/Seniors

Versipel New Music welcomes visiting cellist Craig Hultgren performing a program of works for solo cello and solo cello with electronics. The program will feature music by Todd Gabriel, Alan Schmitz, Shawn Crouch and Versipel’s own Kari Besharse and Philip Schuessler and improvisation by Craig Hultgren.

Cellist Craig Hultgren remains active in new music, the newly creative arts, and the avant-garde. Recently leaving Birmingham after more than 30 years as a member of the Alabama Symphony, he now resides outside of Decorah, Iowa as the farmer-cellist. The New York Classical Review commented that he, “…played with impressive poise and sensitivity…” for Dorothy Hindman’s 2016 chamber music retrospective at Carnegie Hall. At this point, almost 300 works have been created for him. A recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, he was a member for many years of Thámyris, a contemporary chamber music ensemble in Atlanta. He is a founding member of Luna Nova, a new music ensemble with a large repertoire of performances available as podcast downloads on iTunes. Hultgren is featured in three solo CD recordings including The Electro-Acoustic Cello Book on Living Artist Recordings. For ten years, he produced the Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, an international competition that highlighted the best new compositions for the instrument.


Birdfoot Festival presents: 桜 SAKURA in Concert

Birdfoot is excited to welcome the unique and versatile cello quintet 桜 SAKURA for its 2018 Spring Artist Residency.

Showcasing the great warmth and scope offered by the sound of five cellos, 桜 SAKURA’s repertoire includes a set of Renaissance a cappella works ranging from the vulgar to the sublime, Debussy’s evocative piano preludes, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, and selections from Leonard Bernstein’s enduring West Side Story, and more!  This engaging ensemble, joined by Birdfoot’s Artistic Director Jenna Sherry, will delve deeply into Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in the latest edition of the popular Birdfoot Backstage series and will close out their residency with a dazzling and eclectic program of works spanning five centuries.


Birdfoot Backstage: 桜 SAKURA

Join the the dazzling 桜 SAKURA and Birdfoot’s Artistic Director Jenna Sherry “backstage” in a conversation about Beethoven’s riveting Fifth Symphony and Anne Wilson’s Lament in Memory of Matthew Shepard.

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is the latest work that SAKURA has arranged for five cellos (an epic feat in itself), and one of the most-performed and recognized pieces of music of all time. Beethoven’s “Fifth”  is like a fortress build from a simple rhythmic “lego block”—the famous “da-da-da-dum” opening rhythm.

Anne Wilson’s Lament in Memory of Matthew Shepard, on the other hand, was one of the first pieces that SAKURA ever performed and one of only a few in their repertoire that was originally written for five cellos. This loving and compassionate work paints a picture of the tragic story of the young gay man who was tricked, savagely beaten, and ultimately killed as a result of his sexual orientation.

This edition of “Backstage” is an opportunity to get inside this powerful music alongside the musicians of SAKURA. Join the conversation!

New Orleans Old U.S. Mint Jazz Museum Performing Arts Center
400 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans
Free Admission, reservations suggested