The Three Vs

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New York-based PUBLIQuartet often pairs classical and contemporary works with  jazz, world, and electro-acoustic music.

The Young Artists Showcase this week gets a musical dose of vitamin V in the form of Vivaldi, Villa-Lobos and Vaughn Williams.

The PUBLIQuartet makes its own fascinating arrangements of jazz and classical works. On this program we hear Charlie Parker collide with Claude Debussy in a work titled "Bird in Paris," and Theolonius Monk meets Igor Stravinsky in a mélange called "Mind the Gap." 

The group first appeared on the Showcase in 2012 as young participants in the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute. Now Concert Artists Guild competition winners, PUBLIQuartet make its Weill Hall debut on Tuesday, April 28. On that program, and on ours, is Villa-Lobos's aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.

The shot of Vivaldi comes from Long Island City-based ensemble Lucidity Chamberistas. Violin soloist Rika Masato joins the group for "Winter" from The Four Seasons. The Ralph Vaughn Williams is Toccata Marziale. The University of South Florida Wind Ensemble performed this military march this past March at Carnegie Hall.

Closing out the program is "Tom O’Shanter," a Scottish tune by Malcolm Arnold, based on an epic poem by Robert Burns.

Program Playlist:

Morton Gould: "Yankee Doodle"
— University of South Florida Wind Ensemble.

Bela Bartok: finale from "Contrasts"
— Moran Katz, clarinet; Elena Urioste, violin; Asiya Korepanova, piano.

Vivaldi: "Winter" from The Four Seasons
— Rika Masato, violin; Lucidity Chamberistas; Eugene Muneyoshi Takahashi, conductor.

Claude Debussy/Charlie Parker: "Bird in Paris" (“Blues for Alice” with “Girl with the Flaxen Hair” and others)
Igor Stravinsky/Thelonious Monk: "Mind the Gap" (Three Pieces for String Quartet with and “Bemsha Swing”)
Villa-Lobos: Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
— PubliQUARTET: Curtis Stewart , Jannina Norpoth, violin; Nick Revel, viola; Amanda Gookin, cello.

Vaughn Williams: Toccata Marziale
Malcolm Arnold: "Tom O’Shanter"
— University of South Florida Wind Ensemble.