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It is both our duty and a point of pride to continue providing our community with high quality and exciting arts and cultural content. The Conrad may be closed for the time being, but our Digital Concert Hall is open and waiting! We would like to take this opportunity to remember our best moments and to look forward to an even brighter future, with you by our side. Check back each week for more exclusive, archival, and behind-the-scenes content!
On April 27th, frequent SummerFest musician and acclaimed American cellist, Lynn Harrell passed away at the age of 76. You can read about his life in The New York Times.
Listen to the SummerFest 2018 performance of Schumann’s Quintet for Piano and Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 44, featuring Harrell, along with Yefim Bronfman, Paul Huang, Emily Kruspe, and Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, below.
“For the the Miró Quartet, our first time playing as a quartet in concert on your new stage in the brand new hall at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center will be a memory that we treasure for a lifetime! Add to that the fact that it was two hours of all Beethoven made this evening tremendously special for us. Such an honor to share this with your amazing audience at Summerfest!”
– John Largess, Miró Quartet
Our SummerFest Music Director, Inon Barnatan, performs one of his favorite pieces in this intimate recital from his home in New York City.
Enjoy Dvorák’s Terzetto in C Major for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 74, performed on an exquisite collection of string instruments from the greatest lutherie houses of the 17th and 18th centuries. This piece features Yura Lee and Kyoko Takezawa on violins and Toby Hoffman on viola.
“The event that launched the Synergy Series was a dream come true for me- performing with one of the greatest jazz singers of our day, Cecile McLorin Salvant, as well as one of the top jazz pianists in the world, Aaron Diehl.
The idea for the evening, which blurred the lines between Jazz and Classical music, originated with a Nina Simone Recording I heard once, in which she improvised in the style of Bach in the middle of the song Love Me Or Leave Me. For the final song of our set that evening we performed our own version of the song, in which I got to improvise on stage for the first time in my life, alongside Aaron Diehl- who is a master of improvisation. A thrilling experience!”
– Inon Barnatan, SummerFest Music Director.
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