Episode #2000

SHUFFLE Concert Celebrates Milestone Show

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Robert Sherman is joined by the SHUFFLE Concert for the 2,000 episode of Young Artists Showcase. Robert Sherman is joined by the SHUFFLE Concert for the 2,000 episode of Young Artists Showcase. (Steve J. Sherman)

This Wednesday at 9 pm, the SHUFFLE Concert chamber ensemble comes to the Young Artists Showcase for its landmark 2,000th episode. Host Robert Sherman and the six ensemble members (pianist Eliran Avni, violinist Brendan Speltz, cellist Sofia Nowik, clarinetist Moran Katz, oboist Hassan Anderson and soprano Ariadne Greif) presented the show to a live studio audience, who determined the pieces the group would play on the spot.

True to its name, SHUFFLE sets standard concert rules to mimic the experience of listening to a digital music player on a shuffle setting. Sherman would first choose an audience member at random, then the member would in turn select a piece from a menu of eclectic choices in styles ranging from art song to jazz and pop. Only one work in each style could be chosen during the performance. 

Throughout this milestone episode, the musicians also shared stories about how the group formed, songs in their repertoire and how they prepare for concerts when programs are determined spontaneously.

Hassan Anderson, Brendan Speitz and Ariadne Grief of SHUFFLE Concert perform in the WQXR studios.

Program Playlist:

Piazzolla: “Libertango” (arr. SHUFFLE Concert)
Eliran Avni, piano; Brendan Speltz, violin; Sofia Nowik, cello; Moran Katz, clarinet; Hassan Anderson, oboe; Ariadne Greif, soprano

Ellington/Strayhorn: “The Star-Crossed Lovers” (arr. Kaufman)
Eliran Avni, piano; Brendan Speltz, violin; Moran Katz, clarinet

Björk: “Jóga” (arr. Keren)
Eliran Avni, piano; Brendan Speltz, violin; Sofia Nowik, cello; Moran Katz, clarinet; Hassan Anderson, oboe; Ariadne Greif, soprano

Gershwin: Prelude No. 1 from Three Preludes (arr. Heifetz)
Eliran Avni, piano; Moran Katz, clarinet

Schoenfield: “Klezmer” trio
Brendan Speltz, violin; Moran Katz, clarinet; Eliran Avni, piano

Brahms: Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87, Second Movement
Eliran Avni, piano; Brendan Speltz, violin; Sofia Nowik, cello

Argov: “Shir Eres”
Hassan Anderson, oboe; Eliran Avni, piano

Britten: “Villes” from Les Illuminations, Op. 18
Ariadne Greif, soprano; Eliran Avni, piano

Barbosa: “Trem Das Onze” (arr. Eldor)
Ariadne Greif, soprano; Eliran Avni, piano; Brendan Speltz, violin; Sofia Nowik, cello; Moran Katz, clarinet; Hassan Anderson, oboe

Gronich: “Yesh Li Simpatya” (arr. SHUFFLE Concert)
Hassan Anderson, oboe; Moran Katz, clarinet; Eliran Avni, piano; Brendan Speltz, violin; Sofia Nowik, cello; Ariadne Greif, soprano

Robert Sherman records the 2,000th episode of Young Artists Showcase.

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