This week, the Young Artists Showcase visits The Hartt School in Connecticut, the performing arts conservatory wing of the University of Hartford, for a return performance by Egyptian pianist Mohamed Shams. The program also includes an introduction to a string quartet called 20/20.
Two years ago, we first met Shams as the soloist in Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety Symphony". Tonight we drop in on performances at the Hartt School and at a concert in Glasgow.
For the opening movement to Schumann's Piano Quintet, Shams is joined by a string quartet formed by friends in The Hartt School's innovative honors program called Performance 20/20. To close this week's show, another in-concert recording of the 20/20 Quartet in Connecticut, performing Mozart's Quartet No. 21.
Franz Liszt: Dante Sonata
— Mohamed Shams, piano. Recorded live at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Robert Schumann: First movement of Piano Quintet in E-flat, Op. 44
— Mohamed Shams, piano, with the 20/20 String Quartet.
W. A. Mozart: String Quartet in D, K. 575
— 20/20 String Quartet: Gary Capozziello and Fernando Vizcaino, violin; Gregory Markus, viola; Ignacy Grzelazka, cello. Recorded live at The Hartt Schoool.