VC VANGUARD CONCERTS | The Violin Channel Vanguard Concert Series [LIVE]

The Violin Channel’s new Vanguard Concerts kicks off with a showcase featuring all artists in the 10-part series

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Co-produced by The Violin Channel 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 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.”

“This project was incredibly meaningful for us, and not only as musicians longing to connect to others: the whole team of people, audio, video, and otherwise who poured their heart into this was awe-inspiring. We left the hall feeling a tremendous gratitude and warmth” said the Dover Quartet.

 

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PHILIPPE QUINT & JUN CHO
THURSDAY 15TH APRIL 2021 (5PM ET)

This episode features Philippe Quint and Jun Cho performing an assortment of works by Debussy, Bloch, Piazzolla, Clara Schumann, and Ravel.

 

 

PHILIPPE QUINT & JUN CHO
  • Debussy | Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
  • Clara Schumann | Three Romances for Violin and Piano
  • Piazzolla | Le Grand Tango (Arr. Gubaidulina)
  • Bloch | Nigun from Baal Shem
  • Ravel | Tzigane

 

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JORDAN BAK
THURSDAY 8TH APRIL 2021 (5PM ET)

This episode features Jordan Bak performing works by Bach, Joan Tower, Hindemith, and Jeffrey Mumford.

 

JORDAN BAK
  • J.S. Bach | Adagio and Fuga from Solo Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor
  • Hindemith | Thema mit Variationen. Schnelle Viertel (ma maestoso) from Sonata for Solo Viola Op. 31 No. 4 
  • Jeffrey Mumford | wending 
  • Joan Tower | Wild Purple

 

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JUNCTION TRIO
THURSDAY 1ST APRIL 2021 (5PM ET)

This episode features the Junction Trio, comprising violinist Stefan Jackiw, cellist Jay Campbell, and pianist Conrad Tao, performing works by Schumann and John Zorn.

 

JUNCTION TRIO
  • Schumann | Piano Trio in D minor Op. 63
  • John Zorn | Ghosts

 

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TESSA LARK, AMY YANG & FRANK VIGNOLA
THURSDAY 25TH MARCH 2021 (5PM ET)

This episode features Tessa Lark, Amy Yang, and Frank Vignola performing works by Kreisler, Avner Dorman, Ysaÿe, Michael Torke.

 

 

TESSA LARK, AMY YANG & FRANK VIGNOLA
  • Ysaÿe | Sonata No. 4 in E minor
  • Kreisler | Praeludium and Allegro
  • Michael Torke | Milk from Spoon Bread
  • Avner Dorman | 5th Movement from Violin Sonata No. 4
  • Kreisler | Syncopation
  • Kreisler | Liebesleid
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SOPHIA BACELAR, JAMAII MELVIN & NOREEN POLERA
THURSDAY 18TH MARCH 2021 (5PM ET)

This episode features Sophia Bacelar, Jamaii Melvin, and pianist Noreen Polera performing works by Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla, Chopin, J.S. Bach, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mancini, and Saint-Saëns.

 

 

 

SOPHIA BACELAR, JAMAII MELVIN & NOREEN POLERA
  • Rachmaninoff | Andante from Cello Sonata in G minor Op. 19
  • Piazzolla | Oblivion
  • Chopin | Nocturne in C# minor (Arr. Piatigorsky)
  • Mancini | Moon River (Arr. Bacelar)
  • J.S. Bach | Prelude from Solo Cello Suite No. 1 in G major
  • Saint-Saëns | Romance Op. 36
  • Piazzolla | Le Grand Tango

 

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NATHAN MELTZER, KEVIN ZHU & ROHAN DE SILVA
THURSDAY 11TH MARCH 2021 (5PM ET)

This episode features Nathan Meltzer, Kevin Zhu, and pianist Rohan De Silva performing works by Bartók, Jessie Montgomery, Wieniawski, Brahms, and Leclair.

 

NATHAN MELTZER, KEVIN ZHU & ROHAN DE SILVA
  • Leclair | Presto from Sonata for Two Violins in E minor Op. 3 No. 5
  • Jessie Montgomery | Rhapsody No. 1 for Solo Violin
  • Bartók | Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Piano
  • Brahms | Sonatenatz in C minor
  • Wieniawski | Fantasia on Themes from Faust Op. 20

 

 

 

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DOVER QUARTET 
THURSDAY 4TH MARCH 2021 (5PM ET)

This episode features the Dover Quartet performing Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 16 in F major Op. 135 and the Lento from Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 12 in F major (“American”).

 

DOVER QUARTET
  • Beethoven | String Quartet No. 16 in F major Op. 135
  • Dvořák | Lento from String Quartet No. 12 in F major (“American”)

 

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CHARLES YANG & PETER DUGAN 
THURSDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 2021 (5PM ET)

 

This episode features Charles Yang and Peter Dugan performing works by Rachmaninoff, The Animals, Ravel, The Beatles, and more.

CHARLES YANG & PETER DUGAN
  • Monti | Czardas (Arr. Yang & Dugan)
  • The Beatles | Blackbird (Arr. Yang & Dugan)
  • Harold Arlen | Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Arr. Yang & Dugan)
  • Charles Yang / Peter Dugan | Loopy
  • Rachmaninoff | Vocalise
  • The Animals | House of the Rising Sun (Arr. Yang & Dugan)

 

 

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JOSHUA BELL & ALESSIO BAX EPISODE  

 

THURSDAY 18TH FEBRUARY 2021 (5PM ET)

This episode features Joshua Bell and Alessio Bax performing works by Wieniawski, Schubert, and J.S. Bach.

 

JOSHUA BELL & ALESSIO BAX 
  • J.S. Bach | Sonata for Violin & Keyboard No. 4 in C minor BWV 1017
  • Schubert | Rondo for Violin & Piano in B minor D. 895
  • Wieniawski | Polonaise Brillante No. 1 in D major Op. 4

 

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SHOWCASE EPISODE  

 

THURSDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2021 (5PM ET)

 

The kickoff episode features all artists on the series, each performing a short work. Repertoire ranges from Wieniawski, Piazzolla, and Kreisler to John Zorn and The Animals.

 

JOSHUA BELL & ALESSIO BAX 

  • Wieniawski | Polonaise Brillante No. 1 in D major Op. 4

CHARLES YANG & PETER DUGAN

  • The Animals | House of the Rising Sun (Arr. Yang/Dugan)

DOVER QUARTET

  • Dvořák | Lento from String Quartet No. 12 in F major (“American”)

KEVIN ZHU & ROHAN DE SILVA

  • Brahms | Sonatensatz in C minor

NATHAN MELTZER

  • Jessie Montgomery | Rhapsody No. 1 for Solo Violin 

SOPHIA BACELAR, NOREEN POLERA & JAMAII MELVIN

  • Piazzolla | Oblivion 

TESSA LARK & FRANK VIGNOLA

  • Kreisler | Liebesleid (Arr. Lark/Vignola)

JUNCTION TRIO

  • John Zorn | Ghosts

JORDAN BAK

  • Jeffrey Mumford | wending 

PHILIPPE QUINT & JUN CHO

  • Bloch | Nigun from Baal Shem

 

“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.