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Canellakis-Brown Duo: Programs for 2020-21 & 2021-22


The Canellakis-Brown duo celebrates their tenth season with an eclectic program showcasing a journey from intimate vulnerability to unbridled excitement. The recital features Ginastera’s sizzling Pampeana No. 2, Grieg’s masterful Sonata, Sibelius’s heart-wrenching Malinconia, a brilliant recent work by Michael Brown, and an array of dazzling salon pieces including Canellakis’s virtuosic arrangements of Bulgarian folk tunes.

Ginastera: Pampeana No. 2, Rhapsody for Cello and Piano, Op. 21
Grieg: Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36/or Chopin: Sonata in G Minor

-- intermission --

Michael Brown: Prelude and Dance (2017)
Sibelius: Malinconia, Op. 20
Glière: Selections from 12 Pieces for Cello and Piano Op. 51
Don Ellis (arr. N. Canellakis): Bulgarian Bulge
Bulgarian Traditional (arr. N. Canellakis): Gankino Horo


In honor of Beethoven's 250th birthday in 2020, this program celebrates the profound effect the great master had on the cello-piano literature with three masterpieces—Beethoven’s iconic A Major Sonata, Shostakovich’s dark-hued Sonata (which pays homage to Beethoven), and Chopin’s rhapsodic G Minor Sonata. Check out Canellakis and Brown in the second movement of the Shostakovich Sonata here.

Beethoven: Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69
Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano

-- intermission --

Chopin: Sonata in G minor, Op. 65
Grieg: Sonata
(Encore: Bulgarian folk tune arr. Nicholas Canellakis)



Program 1. The Soul of the Americas

Aaron Copland: El Salón México for Solo Piano (1932–1936; arr. Leonard Bernstein, 1941)
Leonard Bernstein: Three Meditations from Mass (version for cello, piano, and percussion) (1978)
Samuel Barber: Souvenirs for Piano, Four Hands, op. 28 (1951–1952)

-- intermission --

Osvaldo Golijov: Mariel for Cello and Marimba (1999)
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Divagação for Cello, Piano, and Drum (1946)
Heitor Villa-Lobos: A Maré Encheu from Guia Pratico for Solo Piano (1932)
O Polichinelo from Prole do Bebê for Solo Piano (1918)
Alberto Ginastera: Pampeana No. 2, Rhapsody for Cello and Piano, op. 21 (1950)
George Gershwin: Cuban Overture for Piano, Four Hands and Percussion (1932; Four Hands version arr. Gershwin)


Program 2. An Evening of Music and Film

A one-of-a-kind program that combines the duo's different talents, this multimedia event features Canellakis's award-winning new short film alongside original compositions, arrangements, and classics of the repertoire.

Bach: Gamba Sonata no. 1, BWV 1027 
Thin Walls: A 22-minute film written and directed by Nick Canellakis, starring Ella Rae Peck and Nick Canellakis and featuring music by Bach and Shostakovich 

-- intermission -- 

Michael Brown: Selected Work
Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano 
Gershwin (arr. N. Canellakis): 3 Preludes 
Don Ellis (arr. N. Canellakis): Bulgarian Bulge 


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Posted: Oct-28-2019
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