The event – part of the 34th consecutive season of free-admission concerts sponsored by North/South Consonance, Inc –will start at 3 PM and end approximately at 4:45 PM. It will be held at the intimate but acoustically superior auditorium of Christ & St Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St – between Broadway and Columbus) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The auditorium is ADA accessible. Admission is free – no tickets needed.
The program will introduce new works by emerging composers including Mexican Juan Pablo Contreras, Brazilian Silvia Berg, and Americans Tonia Ko and Matthew Peterson. It will also mark the 80th birthday of Pulitzer-prize winner Bernard Rands, the 85th birthday of Elizabeth Bell as well as the 10th anniversary of the passing of Luciano Berio, the Italian master.
Both Ms. Schaer and Mr. Lifchitz are available for media events and interviews and may be contacted through our office at ns.concerts@
Since its inception in 1980, North/South Consonance has brought to the attention of the New York City public over 1,000 recent works by composers representing a wide spectrum of aesthetic views. It activities are made possible in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
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ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Hailed by the press as a “rock-solid performer with a meaty tone,” Canadian violinist Claudia Schaer is known for her intriguing programming as well as her beautiful and intelligent interpretations.
Trained at The Juilliard School where she assisted her mentor Sally Thomas, Ms. Schaer received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University in 2011, writing about philosophy and music, and working with Phillip Setzer, Ani Kavafian, and Pamela Frank.
Recent highlights include her Carnegie Hall Weill Recital debut, recital tours of Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, the USA, and China; chamber music performances in England (Prussia Cove), Denmark (Thy), France (Fontainebleau)
A strong advocate of today’s music, Ms. Schaer has collaborated with the North/South Chamber Orchestra on multiple occasions as soloist in premieres of violin concerti by Zosha Di Castri, David Farrell, Max Lifchitz and Margarita Zelenaia. Her recording of the complete Bach Partitas and Sonatas for solo violin will be released in the near future.
Pianist Max Lifchitz has appeared on concert stages throughout Europe, Latin America and the US. The San Francisco Chronicle described him as "a stunning, ultra-sensitive pianist" while the New York Times praised him for his "clean, measured and sensitive performances."
Lifchitz was awarded the first prize in the 1976 Gaudeamus Competition for Performers of Contemporary Music held in Holland. His concert activities throughout Latin America have been underwritten by the Fund for US Artists at International Festivals. He appears as pianist, collaborative artist and conductor in over sixty compact disc albums, including nine widely praised solo albums featuring piano music from the Americas.