For Immediate Release:
September 22nd, 2009
Contact: Kris Konyak or Chris
Silva (845) 473-5288
HUDSON VALLEY PHILHARMONIC'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON
SPONTANEOUS BRUBECK Brubeck premiere and award winning soloist highlight HVP concert
(Poughkeepsie, NY) The Bardavon is pleased to continue the 50th anniversary season of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic on Saturday, May 9, 8pm in Poughkeepsie with a program titled "Spontaneous Brubeck". The concert will feature Nicolas Kendall on violin for the New York premiere of Spontaneous Combustion, a new concerto by Chris Brubeck, son of legendary jazz great Dave Brubeck. Ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert talk by HVP Music Director Randall Craig Fleischer one hour prior to curtain. The concert will also feature Smetana's The Bartered Bride and Schumann's Symphony no. 1, op. 38, B flat major.
Nicolas Kendall studied at the Curtis Institute with the internationally renowned violinist Victor Danchenko. He maintains a strong interest in other musical instruments and genres and is an enthusiastic teacher who utilizes elements from both classical and non-traditional repertoires in his popular workshops.
Recent highlights of his career include performances with Israel's Jerusalem Symphony under conductor James Judd; an acclaimed Philadelphia recital debut under the auspices of Astral Artistic Services; a quartet performance at Carnegie Hall; performances as a member of the Astral Trio at both the Los Angeles Chamber Music Festival and at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall; and a guest artist appearance on tour with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra.Nick debuted with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra as the winner of their Young Artists competitions.
He has since performed in the concert halls of Anchorage, Chapel Hill, Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Louisville, San Francisco and Tokyo. In addition to his extensive recording and performance activities as a member of Time for Three (Tf3), Nick is also a member of both the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and the Dryden String Quartet.
Chris Brubeck first distinguished himself as an innovative jazz/rock performer and composer. During the 70's he began touring and recording with his father, Dave Brubeck. Chris plays bass, trombone, piano, guitar and sings and, in the past few decades, has earned international acclaim as composer, performer and leader of his own groups. On stage, his irrepressible enthusiasm is matched by his fluid command of jazz, blues, folk, funk, pop and classical musical styles. An award-winning composer, he is clearly tuned into the pulse of contemporary music. The respected music critic for The Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein calls Chris: "a composer with a real flair for lyrical melody--a 21st Century Lenny Bernstein."
In the last decade, Chris has created an impressive body of symphonic work while maintaining a demanding touring and recording schedule with his two bands, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and Triple Play. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet recently released its second Koch recording, Classified which features Chris's composition for woodwind quintet and the BBQ "Vignettes for Nonet." This innovative fusion of classical and jazz genres is performed with the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds. Classified and the BBQ's first Koch release, Intuition, each resided in the top twenty on the Jazz Charts for three months in 2007 and 2008. Chris also continues to perform and record with Triple Play, an acoustic blues/jazz/folk trio with vocals that includes guitarist Joel Brown and harmonica virtuoso Peter Madcat Ruth.
Much in demand as an orchestral composer, March 31, 2007 marked the premiere of Chris's "Quiet Heroes: A Symphonic Salute to the Flagraisers at Iwo Jima", a moving piece for full orchestra and narrator. Commissioned by the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin, the "Quiet Heroes" premiere was narrated by Wilford Brimley. The next month, the Stockton Symphony premiered "Music is the Power", its second Music Alive-Meet the Composer residency project with Chris. With this project, Chris set Stockton high school students' poetry about music for full orchestra, jazz quartet, soloist and chorus. In October, 2007, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra premiered "Spontaneous Combustion", a fiery violin concerto Chris wrote for the talented violin soloist Nick Kendall.
Tickets for the Bardavon's presentation of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic's "Spontaneous Brubeck" on Saturday, May 9 at 8pm at the Bardavon, are available at various prices ranging from $25 to $47. Tickets are available at the Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072 or by contacting TicketMaster at 845.454.3388 or www.ticketmaster.com. The Bardavon is handicapped accessible and has secure and convenient parking. For further information about the Bardavon and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic go to www.bardavon.org.