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2013-2014 Season

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Previous Performances

BIG ARTS "BIG ARTS Cleveland International Piano Competition"

Classical Afternoon:

Winner of the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition: Stanislav Khristenko

3:30 pm, Sunday, December 8, 2013

BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall
 

BIG ARTS welcomes the 2013 winner of the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition, Stanislav Khristenko.
The Cleveland International Piano Competition attracts more than 200 applicants and is the only piano competition in the world that has an orchestra of world-class stature accompanying its contestants. The Competition presents a first prize of $50,000, two years of concert management services, and more than 50 U.S. engagements for the following two concert seasons.
Khristenko's BIG ARTS program will include J.S. Bach's Partita in C minor, Chopin's Fantaisie in F minor, Op.49, Prokofiev's Sonata No. 7, Op. 83 and Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (Cadenza by Rachmaninov). He will also perform two works by Schubert and Liszt; their "Serenade" and "Erlkonig."

Adult: $32 | Student/Child: free with paying adult.
To reserve child ticket please call BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at (239) 395-0900.


Grand Patron Series Sponsor Deborah & John La Gorce

BIG ARTS "Calidore String Quartet"

Classical Evening:

Calidore String Quartet

7:30 pm, Thursday, January 9, 2014

BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall
 

Originally formed in 2010 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, the international prize-winning Calidore String Quartet is comprised of violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry and cellist Estelle Choi.
The quartet recently made its New York debut on the renowned Schneider Concert Series at Mannes College, The New School for Music and collaborated with the highly-acclaimed Quatuor Ebéne presented by the Colburn Chamber Music Society. The quartet has also been a featured Young Artist-in-Residence with American Public Media's Performance Today.
Their BIG ARTS Program will include Mozart's String Quartet in C major, K. 465 "Dissonant," Schubert's Quartet in D minor "Death and the Maiden" D. 810, as well as Osvaldo Golijov's "Tenebrae."
Using an amalgamation of "California" and "doré" (French for "golden"), the ensemble's name represents a reverence for the diversity of culture and the strong support it has received from its home base in Los Angeles, California, the "golden state."

Loge: $47 | General: $42 | Student/Child: free with paying adult.
To reserve child ticket please call BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at (239) 395-0900.


Grand Patron Series Sponsor The Ferguson Foundation
Sponsors:
Family of Joe Boscov
Jim & Roz Marks


BIG ARTS "Kaleidos Duo"

Classical Afternoon:

Kaleidos Duo

3:30 pm, Sunday, January 19, 2014

BIG ARTS Phillips Gallery
 

Violinist, Miroslav Hristov, and pianist, Vladimir Valjarević, champion some of the world's best-kept musical secrets as Kaleidos Duo.
Presenting a program designed to ignite your imagination, the musicians will perform some of the music of Hungary, including Dohnányi's Sonata Op. 21 in C minor, Liszt's Grand Duo Concertante, Bartók's Sonata No. 2, Kodaly's Adagio, and two pieces by Jenö Erno Hubay - "Zephyr" and "Hejre Kati."
In addition to performances at Carnegie Hall, the Bulgarian Consulate and the Bechstein Center Hall, Kaleidos Duo's recordings are featured on Bulgarian National Radio as well as on numerous radio stations across North America. Their most recent recording, "Music from the Balkans," was received with critical acclaim.

Adult: $32 | Student/Child: Free with paying adult
To reserve child ticket please call BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at (239) 395-0900.


Grand Patron Series Sponsor Deborah & John La Gorce

BIG ARTS "BIG ARTS Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra"

Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra
Miracle of Mozart

8 pm, Wednesday, January 22

BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall
 

This multimedia presentation by the Southwest Florida Symphony depicts the brilliance as well as the tragedy of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It has been said that Mozart's final symphony sums up an era and provides glimpse into the intimate life of this childlike genius. To be performed at the conclusion of the concert, Symphony No. 41 in C major ("Jupiter") offers a key to unlocking the miraculous world of Mozart.

Adult: $36 | Student/Child: $5
$90 for all three SW FL Symphony concerts: 1/22, 2/12, 3/26


BIG ARTS "Dmitry Kouzov Peter Laul"

Classical Afternoon:

Dmitry Kouzov

3:30 pm, Sunday, January 26, 2014

BIG ARTS Phillips Gallery
 

Hailed as "a true artist" by Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich, the young cellist Dmitry Kouzov was awarded first prize at the International Beethoven Competition as well as the New York Cello Society Rising Star Award. A two-time laureate of Russia's International "Virtuosi of the Year" Festival-Competition, Kouzov has performed at Lincoln Center, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Halls, the Moscow and St. Petersburg Conservatories as well as the Mariinsky Theater.
A consummate chamber musician, Kouzov has performed cycles of the complete Brahms and Beethoven sonatas with his long-time duo partner, pianist Peter Laul, and will be accompanied by Laul to perform Beethoven's Sonata for Piano and Cello No.4; Shostakovich's Sonata in D minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 40; and Chopin's Sonata for Cello & Piano in G minor, Op. 65.

Adult: $32 | Student/Child: Free with paying adult
To reserve child ticket please call BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at (239) 395-0900.


Grand Patron Series Sponsor Deborah & John La Gorce

BIG ARTS "Lomazov Rackers Piano"

Special Event:

The Lomazov/Rackers Piano Duo

7:30 pm Thursday, February 6, 2014

Champagne & Dessert Reception Following the Performance

BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall
 

You won't want to miss the splendor two of Steinway's finest artists as the duo takes their places at two Steinway grand pianos on the Schein Performance Hall Stage.
Gaining international attention as the Second Prize Winners of the Sixth Biennial Ellis Duo Piano Competition, The Lomazov/Rackers Piano Duo won the only national competition for piano duo in the U.S. at that time. Since then, they have performed as recitalists and in concert with orchestras throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Praised as a "diva of the piano" by Salt Lake City Tribune, Marina Lomazov has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, South America and China and has won prizes in the Gina Bachauer, Cleveland, William Kapell and Hilton Head international piano competitions. Lomazov was also the first pianist to be awarded the Artist Diploma at the Eastman School of Music in nearly two decades.
Praised for "unflappable virtuosity" in American Record Guide, Joseph Rackers also has a long list of worldwide performance credits to his name and is the recipient of the prestigious Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.
Their BIG ARTS Program will include Schubert's "Fantasia," Stravinsky's "Petrushka," and Piano Sonata in F minor by Johannes Brahms.
Steinway artists, Lomazov and Rackers each hold a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music and both serve on the piano faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Music where they co-direct the Southeastern Piano Festival.

Loge: $55 | General: $50 | Student/Child: Free with paying adult
To reserve child ticket please call BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at (239) 395-0900.


Grand Patron Sponsor Kenneth L. Nees

BIG ARTS "BIG ARTS Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra"

Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra
Great Music of the Opera

8 pm, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall
 

Focusing on several renowned operatic composers, the Southwest Florida Symphony will perform the magical "Overture to Cinderella" by Gioachino Antonio Rossini and the joyous Symphony in C by George Bizet. Iconic works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Giacomo Puccini will also be performed by the winner of the 2013 Prescott Music Award, Lauren Davis.

Adult: $36 | Student/Child: $5
$90 for all three SW FL Symphony concerts: 1/22, 2/12, 3/26


BIG ARTS "BIG ARTS fAURE quartett"

Classical Evening:

Fauré Quartett

7:30 pm, Thursday, February 27, 2014

BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall
 

Named in honor of composer Gabriel Fauré's two piano quartet pieces, the Fauré Quartett features pianist Dirk Mommertz, violinist Erika Geldsetzer, violist Sascha Froembling and cellist Konstantin Heidrich.
Founded in 1995, the European ensemble has performed on numerous renowned international stages, including Wigmore Hall in London, Philharmonie in Berlin, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
The quartet has been awarded numerous top prizes and awards, including the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and the Parkhouse Award in Great Britain, and is currently the Quartet in Residence at the Karlsruhe Music Lyceum. The Fauré Quartett is the first piano quartet to receive this honor.
They will perform Mahler's "Klavierquartettsatz," Fauré's Piano Quartet in C minor Op. 15, and Piano Quartet in G minor Op. 25 by Johannes Brahms.

Loge: $47 | General: $42 | Student/Child: free with paying adult
To reserve child ticket please call BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at (239) 395-0900


Grand Patron Series Sponsor The Ferguson Foundation
Patron Sponsor Patricia & Davis Thurber
Sponsor Patty & Attila Molnar

BIG ARTS "BIG ARTS Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra"

Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra
Mendelssohn Marathon

8 pm, Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall
 

A musical mini-marathon dedicated to Felix Mendelssohn, the concert features an array of romantic compositions, including works inspired by the symphonic poem Fingal's Cave and the Scotch Symphony. The concert also includes The Fair Melusina Overture and Midsummer Night's Dream Overture.

Adult: $36 | Student/Child: $5


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