• March 6, 2024

Concert 2

Concert 2

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“Shade of Blue” will bring the jazzy spirit

Concert 2: Shade of Blue will be held Friday, July 26 at 7:30 PM in Edwards Hall at the University of Rhode Island.

Henry Kramer will perform July 26th and 28th.

Jennifer Grim and Henry Kramer, both making their KCMF debuts this summer, will open the concert with Valerie Coleman’s Wish: Sonatine for Flute and Piano. Coleman, who was named Performance Today’s 2020 Classical Woman of the Year, wrote Wish inspired by a poem of the same title by Fred D’Aguiar. Remembering the Middle Passage, in which African people were trafficked across the Atlantic by tall ships to be sold into slavery, the piece is notable for an abundance of moments that allow both flute and piano to interpret rhythm and melody–as would happen in a djembe drum pattern or in the sound of a soulful wailing voice. As such, the performers are encouraged to lightly relax standard classical phrasings in favor of an organic interpretation. Expressive and impactful, it’s not to be missed!

Among other highlights, this concert will feature two sets of husband-and-wife duos. First up, Kyu Kim and Pitnarry Shin will play Erwin Schulhoff’s Duo for Violin and Cello. “It is a tour de force,” writes musicologist Kai Christiansen of the piece. “Across a rich and diverse four-movement program, Schulhoff employs an incredible array of techniques and devices investing this duo with far more color and dynamism than might, at first, seem possible.” While Kim has performed for KCMF before, it will be Shin’s inaugural season.

Also KCMF newcomers, Alexey Alexandrov and Ekaterina Skliar (pictured above), a husband-and-wife team who tour as the Alexandrov-Skliar Duo, will perform three pieces they’ve arranged: Charlie Parker’s Billie’s Bounce, Pee Wee King’s Tennessee Waltz, and Astor Piazzolla’s Escualo. “From lively renditions of traditional folk music to elegant interpretations of classical favorites, Ekaterina and Alexey express the joy of their musical partnership and create a close musical connection with their audiences,” writes Joshua Bell.​

In the second half of the concertHenry Kramer will play George Gershwin’s Three Preludes for Solo Piano, a piece that seamlessly blends classical music with jazz and popular music influences–a perfect showcase for Kramer’s “astonishingly confident technique” (The Cleveland Classical Review) and “thrilling [and] triumphant performances (The New York Times).

Kramer will join Jennifer Grim for Dana Suesse’s Night Sky. Nicknamed “The Girl Gershwin” by The New Yorker, Suesse was a celebrated American pianist and composer whose work straddles the worlds of jazz and classical, moving easily from concert piece to popular ballads.

Lastly, to end the night with lively jazzy spirit, violinist Noah Geller, cellist Clancy Newman, and Kramer will join forces for Paul Schoenfeld’s Cafe Music for Violin, Cello and Piano. “My intention was to write a kind of high-class dinner music — music which could be played at a restaurant, but might also find its way into a concert hall,” Schoenfeld writes. “Early 20th century American, Viennese, light classical, gypsy, and Broadway styles are all represented.”