The Vanguard Concerts lineup includes violinist Joshua Bell with pianist Alessio Bax, the Dover Quartet, Junction Trio, violinist Philippe Quint with pianist Jun Cho, violinists Nathan Meltzer and Kevin Zhu with pianist Rohan de Silva, violist Jordan Bak, violinist Charles Yang with pianist Peter Dugan, violinist Tessa Lark with pianist Amy Yang and guitarist Frank Vignola, and cellist Sophia Bacelar with pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera and dancer Jamaii Melvin.
Co-produced by VC Founder Geoffrey John Davies, the Alphadyne Foundation, and veteran performing arts executive Charles Letourneau, each concert features a custom look and feel from Creative Director David Katzive.
“Our series was created with the sole purpose of helping artists during this time of crisis,” says VC Founder Geoffrey John Davies. “Not only are we paying them real fees for their performances, but we are also creating the ultimate promotional materials and giving the artists the right to use them at no cost in perpetuity.”
“I am excited to be joining my fellow violinists in The Violin Channel's new Vanguard Concerts series,” said violinist Joshua Bell. “VC has always been a wonderful resource for musicians and music-lovers, and I'm grateful to this community for providing this opportunity for me and my colleagues to share music and express our spirit of camaraderie.”
The kickoff episode will feature all artists on the series, each performing a short work. Repertoire ranges from Beethoven, Ravel, and Kreisler to Jessie Montgomery, Joan Tower, and John Zorn, as well as original arrangements of standards by Harold Arlen and The Beatles.
Each episode of Vanguard Concerts was shot in 4K with seven cameras at the Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Hall. The artists performed in front of a 41-foot-long and 11.5-foot-high background curved LED wall that incorporates gently moving colors, patterns or scenic views customized for each performer. The result is a musically and visually stunning product that redefines the virtual concert experience for audiences worldwide.
“When The Violin Channel called me about this opportunity, it sounded unbelievable," said VC Artist Tessa Lark. "I was given an almost paralyzing level of artistic freedom and a most incredible team of artistic visionaries that brought any of my creative whims to life… and we were all paid to do it. This was a dream come true, regardless of the fact that it happened during the pandemic.”
“The evening we filmed was the first time since March 2020 during which I momentarily forgot about the pandemic, the political turmoil, and the social chaos enveloping the world. Accessing that flow state of performance restored my faith in the value of music and art, and I am tremendously grateful to The Violin Channel for providing the platform to do so,” cellist Sophia Bacelar said.