Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CYM Workshops & Activities: Fiddling Workshop with Ms. Ashley...in review!

Ms. Ashley and students who attended her fiddling workshop this past Wednesday evening had a great time! The group honed basic fiddling techniques with as well as folk tunes. They even learned a Celtic dance!

CYM Workshops & Activities: Pablo Sainz Villegas with the PSO

A special treat for CYM guitarist families, this rare performance of a guitar concerto with soloist Pablo Sainz Villegas performing Rodrigo's Concerto de Aranjuez with the PSO is an event not to miss! The concert is on Saturday, October 11th at 7:30pm- be sure you sign up to attend by October 3rd!

Mr. Mark's Gutarists perform at Villa St. Joseph's Young at Heart Benefit

Mr. Mark and CYM Guitarists at the Ensemble Recital
Mr. Mark and students from CYM's Guitar Department will be performing at this year's Young at Heart Benefit for Villa St. Joseph this Friday, September 19th at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport.  

Villa St. Joseph, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, provides excellence in compassionate care to those in need of long-term, short-term and rehabilitative care. Since 2002, Young at Heart has raised more than $530,000 for Benevolent Care and Music Therapy.

Find out more about Young at Heart here.

Farewell, Ms. Stella- Pittsburgh's loss is Palo Alto's gain

Ms. Stella and her son, Andreas

We are sad to have begun our new year at CYM without one of our excellent faculty members- Ms. Stella Bonilla. Ms. Stella's  family circumstances required a quick relocation over the summer to Palo Alto, CA. She says:

"Palo Alto is absolutely beautiful, the streets are lined with magnolia and sequoia trees, flowers everywhere, the smell is amazing.  There are parks, people and children on the streets, biking, walking, or waiting for a bus. The weather, AHHHH the weather is so pleasant, there is always a breeze and never too hot.  We miss all of you, our friends in Pittsburgh!"

We certainly will miss Ms. Stella too! In her time here at CYM, she guided many of our young violin students and was an integral contributor to CYM's curriculum and mission. She will be dearly missed by our entire staff as well as her students and their families. We hope for Ms. Stella and her family the very best in the future!! 

Order your CYM Polo!

CYM Polo Shirts are back! 

Be sure to order one through CYM’s web store HERE for your child’s performances this year. 

 The deadline to order is Thursday, September 18th at 5:00pm.  

Youth and adult sizes are available.

Happy Birthday!

Are you looking for something unique for your birthday party? Some place to show your friends your musical skills, or learn something new yourself with all of your classmates? A CYM birthday might just be the ticket. Our dynamic Ms. Kate can help plan a great party for kids from twos to teens!

Find out more and book your event, check us out here!

Friday, September 5, 2014

CYM Field Trip: Chamber Music Pittsburgh presents: Takacs

Chamber music and small group performing is part of the bedrock of instrumental study at CYM. Young cello, violin, and viola students strive to achieve the level of performance to one day be able to perform in a quartet, trio, or as part of a symphony. 

Because of its intimate nature, chamber music has been described as "the music of friends." For more than 200 years, chamber music was played primarily by amateur musicians in their homes, and even today, when most chamber music performance has migrated from the home to the concert hall, many musicians, amateur and professional, still play chamber music for their own pleasure. Playing chamber music requires special skills, both musical and social, that differ from the skills required for playing solo or symphonic works.

To this end, we are proud to offer this first performance to CM families to experience some of the best Chamber Music playing out in the classical music world today- the Takacs Quartet!  

Takács Quartet

Takács Quartet: Group's BiographyEdward Dusinberre, violin
Károly Schranz, violin
Geraldine Walther, viola
András Fejér, cello

Recognized as one of the world's great ensembles, the Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. 

The Takács became the first string quartet to win the Wigmore Hall Medal on May 10, 2014. The Medal, inaugurated in 2007, recognizes major international artists who have a strong association with the Hall. Recipients so far include Andras Schiff, Thomas Quasthoff, Menachem Pressler and Dame Felicity Lott. Appointed in 2012 as the first-ever Associate Artists at Wigmore, the Takacs present six concerts every season there. Other European engagements in 2014-2015 include the Edinburgh and Bath Festivals, the Louvre in Paris, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, and in Geneva, Florence, Cremona and Budapest.

In 2012, Gramophone announced that the Takács was the only string quartet to be inducted into its first Hall of Fame, along with such legendary artists as Jascha Heifetz, Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker. The ensemble also won the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London. Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the Takács Quartet performs ninety concerts a year worldwide.

In 2014-2015, the Quartet performs throughout North America, returning to the Ravinia Festival and to Lincoln Center for two programs—one with guest violist Lawrence Power and the other with pianist Joyce Yang, and performs with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin at UC Berkeley, University of Connecticut and at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. They also return after many years to Santiago, Chile, and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Meryl Streep will perform Philip Roth's "Everyman" program with the Takács at Princeton University on September 19, 2014. The program was conceived in close collaboration with Philip Roth. The Quartet is known for such innovative programming. They first performed "Everyman" at Carnegie Hall in 2007 with Philip Seymour Hoffman. They have toured 14 cities with the poet Robert Pinsky, collaborate regularly with the Hungarian Folk group Muzsikas, and in 2010 they collaborated with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and David Lawrence Morse on a drama project that explored the composition of Beethoven's last quartets. 

The Quartet's award-winning recordings include the complete Beethoven Cycle on the Decca label. In 2005 the Late Beethoven Quartets won Disc of the Year and Chamber Award from BBC Music Magazine, a Gramophone Award, Album of the Year at the Brit Awards and a Japanese Record Academy Award. Their recordings of the early and middle Beethoven quartets collected a Grammy, another Gramophone Award, a Chamber Music of America Award and two further awards from the Japanese Recording Academy. 

Their collaboration with Hyperion Records in 2006 started with a recording of Schubert's Death and the Maiden and Rosamunde quartets. A disc featuring Brahms' Piano Quintet with Stephen Hough was released to great acclaim in November 2007 and was subsequently nominated for a Grammy. Other recordings for Hyperion include Brahms' Quartets Op. 51 and Op. 67; a disc featuring the Schumann Piano Quintet with Marc-Andre Hamelin; the complete Haydn "Apponyi" Quartets, Op. 71 and 74; the Schubert Quintet CD with Ralph Kirshbaum; the three Britten Quartets and the Brahms Viola Quintets with Lawrence Power, viola. 

Upcoming Hyperion recordings include the two Janacek Quartets and Smetana's "From My Life", the Debussy Quartet and the Franck Piano Quintet with Marc-Andre Hamelin, and Dvorak's Op. 105 Quartet and his Viola Quintet Op. 97 with Lawrence Power, viola.

The Quartet has also made sixteen recordings for the Decca label since 1988 of works by Beethoven, Bartók, Borodin, Brahms, Chausson, Dvořák, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Smetana. The ensemble's recording of the six Bartók String Quartets received the 1998 Gramophone Award for chamber music and, in 1999, was nominated for a Grammy. In addition to the Beethoven String Quartet cycle recording, the ensemble's other Decca recordings include Dvořák's String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 51 and Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 with pianist Andreas Haefliger; Schubert's Trout Quintet with Mr. Haefliger, which was nominated in 2000 for a Grammy Award; string quartets by Smetana and Borodin; Schubert's Quartet in G Major and Notturno Piano Trio with Mr. Haefliger; the three Brahms string quartets and Piano Quintet in F Minor with pianist András Schiff; Chausson's Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet with violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet; and Mozart's String Quintets, K515 and 516 with Gyorgy Pauk, viola.

The members of the Takács Quartet are Christoffersen Faculty Fellows at the University of Colorado Boulder. The Quartet has helped to develop a string program with a special emphasis on chamber music, where students work in a nurturing environment designed to help them develop their artistry. The Quartet's commitment to teaching is enhanced by summer residencies at the Aspen Festival and at the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara. They are also Visiting Fellows at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. 

The Takács Quartet was formed in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest by Gabor Takács-Nagy, Károly Schranz, Gabor Ormai and András Fejér, while all four were students. It first received international attention in 1977, winning First Prize and the Critics' Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The Quartet also won the Gold Medal at the 1978 Portsmouth and Bordeaux Competitions and First Prizes at the Budapest International String Quartet Competition in 1978 and the Bratislava Competition in 1981. The Quartet made its North American debut tour in 1982. Violinist Edward Dusinberre joined the Quartet in 1993 and violist Roger Tapping in 1995. Violist Geraldine Walther replaced Mr. Tapping in 2005. In 2001 ensemble was awarded the Order of Merit of the Knight's Cross of the Republic of Hungary, and in March of 2011 each member of the Quartet was awarded the Order of Merit Commander's Cross by the President of the Republic of Hungary.

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