Press Release: Yehudi Wyner Joins Concord Chamber Players in January
Works by Ravel, Mozart and Mr. Wyner to be Performed
Concord, MA: The Concord Chamber Music Society will present its winter concert at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27th at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center. Musicologist Steven Ledbetter will deliver a pre-concert lecture on the program beginning at 2:00. CCMS Director and violinist Wendy Putnam, cellist Michael Reynolds and Steven Ansell, Principal Violist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will be joined by the Pulitzer Prize - winning composer and pianist Yehudi Wyner. The program includes the Sonata for Violin and Cello by Maurice Ravel, Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 493 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the premiere of a new work for piano quartet, Concordance (2012), composed by Yehudi Wyner. Concordance was commissioned by CCMS with generous support from the Harvard Musical Association.
Wyner has enjoyed a remarkable career as a composer, soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and teacher. He was a professor at Yale from 1963 through 1977 where he chaired the composition faculty, was dean of the music department at SUNY-Purchase and has taught at Cornell, Brandeis and Harvard. From 1975 to 1997 he was a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center. He has composed more than eighty works spanning an extensive range of genres including orchestral and chamber works, solo voice and instrument compositions, choral and theatrical music, and liturgical pieces.
In addition to the Concord Chamber Music Society commission, Mr. Wyner has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, the BBC Philharmonic, Santa Fe Music Festival, the Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford, and the Fromm and Koussevitsky foundations. His piano concerto Chiavi in Mano, which the BSO premiered in 2005, garnered a Pulitzer Prize for musical composition. Wyner’s The Naxos recording of Wyner's The Mirror won a Grammy Award, and he has been the recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships.
Joining Mr. Wyner will be Wendy Putnam, Steven Ansell and Michael Reynolds, Mr. Reynolds is a cellist and founding member of the Muir String Quartet, and is an accomplished chamber musician and educator who has appeared on stage with several of the world’s great artists including Gil Shaham, Richard Stolzman and Benny Goodman. Steven Ansell, Principal Violist of the BSO, has received two Grand Prix du Disque awards and has appeared on PBS's "In Performance at the White House." Ms. Putnam, Director and Founder of CCMS, is also a violinist with the BSO.
Concord Academy is located at 166 Main Street in Concord, MA, one block west of the town center and is a short walk from the Concord Center stop on the MBTA’s Fitchburg commuter rail line. Free parking is available on Main Street and in the municipal lots on Keyes Road, behind the Post Office on Walden Street and adjacent to the Concord Free Public library. The facility is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $42 and $33, depending on proximity to the stage ($37 and $28 for seniors and students).
Since its inception in 2000, CCMS has become one of the foremost chamber music performance series in the region and is an organization dedicated to bringing distinguished musical artists from all corners of globe to audiences in Concord, Massachusetts.
[January 2nd, 2013]