The core of the nature of creating melodic musical lines is the ability, with the sound of several notes, to express colorful feelings and images that make them personal to each listener - the invisible shape of music.
The program, The Invisible Shape of Music, on the 25th of January at 8PM, creates this invisible but powerful exhibition of a wide range of emotions, displaying all musical styles with the resolve of Beethoven, baroque Bach, capricious Schumann, and impressionistic Debussy. Cellist Misha Quint and pianist John Owings will perform this concert presented by InterHarmony® International Music Festival at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Tickets can be purchased at carnegiehall.org or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800.
Starting with the meditation-like opening of the first movement of Beethoven's late Sonata No.4, his invisible melodic lines transform into heroic struggle. It almost feels as though Beethoven is fighting his own feelings, where every movement resurfaces something that somehow has not yet been said.
Following the Beethoven, J.S. Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.2 brings solitude as emotions transfer into the shape of the invisible prayer where each person may hear a desirable note for their heart.
Robert Schumann's Adagio and Allegro brings you through the cascades of subtle nuances and delicate phrases full of passion that are reflected in his major works.
At the end of the evening, spent with emotion, suddenly Misha Quint and John Owings bring Debussy’s Clair de Lune to the stage, with its charm and finesse, melodic lines of Nocturne and Scherzo, and full fire of his Cello Sonata.
Mission finally accomplished.
Beethoven: Cello Sonata No.4, Op.102 J.S. Bach: Suite No.2 in d minor, BWV 1008 Robert Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Op.70 Claude Debussy: Nocturne and Scherzo for Cello and Piano Claude Debussy: Clair de Lune Claude Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Misha Quint, cello
John Owings, piano
Cellist MISHA QUINT, 2016 Gold Medal Global Music Award winner for his CD Matryoshka Blues, performed with such celebrated as orchestras as Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional do Brasilia, New York Chamber Orchestra, National Irish Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, and Euro Sinfonietta Wien. Quint has performed under the batons of Maxim Shostakovich, Paul Lustig Dunkel, Colman Pearce, Sidney Harth, Ravil Martinov, Yaacov Bergman, Franz Anton Krager and Ira Levin, and premiered works of outstanding composers of today: Sophie Goubadalina, Robert Sirota, Nathan Davis, and Alfred Schnittke. Quint is Founder and Music Director of InterHarmony® International Music Festival in Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy and Suzlbach-Rosenberg, Germany, and InterHarmony Concert Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City and The Modern Museum of Art in Fort Worth, Texas. Quint is on the faculty at Mannes College The New School for Music in Manhattan. Recent engagements include recitals and concerts with orchestra in Italy and Germany, including the Brahms Double Concerto with Nikolaj Znaider, and in Chicago at the Ravinia Festival. www.mishaquintcello.com
Praised for his exciting pianism and sensitive artistry, pianist JOHN OWINGS versatile career has ranged from solo and chamber music recitals to concerto appearances in major cities in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. His critically acclaimed CD recordings include piano music by Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Elliott Carter, Robert Casadesus, and Julius Reubke, as well as chamber music by Eric Ewazen, Richard Lavenda, Quincy Porter, and Elena Sokolowski.
A native of San Antonio, Mr. Owings received his formal training at the University of Texas, The Royal College of Music in London, and The Juilliard School, where his teachers were Rosina Lhevinne and Martin Canin. His other teachers have included Dalies Frantz, Géza Anda, and Wilhelm Kempff.
Gold medalist of the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition in Cleveland, Mr. Owings also won the Vianna da Motta International Competition in Lisbon, the London Liszt Society Competition, and the Musical Arts Competition in Chicago.
An experienced chamber music performer, Mr. Owings enjoys collaborating with many distinguished musicians. He is a member of Trio Con Brio – an ensemble that has commissioned and premiered new works by over a dozen living composers.
A dedicated teacher, Mr. Owings’ students have won national and international competitions and have successful careers as performers and educators. He has given master classes in the United States, England, Italy, Colombia, Peru, China, and Japan, and has been a guest artist at InterHarmony, MusicFest Perugia, Bucaramanga, the Round Top Festival, and PianoTexas International Academy and Festival.
John Owings is Professor of Music and Chair of the Piano Division at Texas Christian University where he received the school’s highest honor – the Chancellor’s Award – in recognition of his performances of the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas. Six sonatas from these live performances have been issued on a CD recording.
Where to Go
Tickets are $40, and can be purchased by calling CarnegieCharge at 212- 247-7800; at the Carnegie Hall box office located at West 57th and Seventh Avenue or online at
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InterHarmony International Music Festival has been taking place in European and American cities for the past 15 summers, transports the excitement of its European music festivals to New York City for a series of 3 concerts for the sixth season. Come see our concerts in Italy and Germany as well this summer at the InterHarmony International Music Festival!
Beethoven: Cello Sonata No.4, Op.102
Bach: Suite No.2 in d minor, BWV 1008
Robert Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Op.70
Claude Debussy: Nocturne and Scherzo for Cello and Piano
Claude Debussy: Clair de Lune
InterHarmony International Music Festival combines multiple concerts of world-renowned soloists and chamber musicians, at the same time providing intensive study programs for young musicians, helping them to climb the steps to world stages of classical music.