Summer Encore: SHUFFLE Concert

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Wednesday, September 21, 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)

The Young Artists Showcase celebrates once again its landmark 2000th episode, which aired in June. Host Robert Sherman and the six members of the SHUFFLE Concert chamber ensemble (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 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.

Program:

Piazzolla (arr. SHUFFLE Concert): “Libertango”

--Eliran Avni, piano; Brendan Speltz, violin; Sofia Nowik, cello; Moran Katz, clarinet; Hassan Anderson, oboe; Ariadne Greif, soprano

 

Ellington/Strayhorn (arr. Kaufman): “The Star-Crossed Lovers”

--Eliran Avni, piano; Brendan Speltz, violin; Moran Katz, clarinet

 

Björk (arr. Keren): “Jóga”

-- Eliran Avni, piano; Brendan Speltz, violin; Sofia Nowik, cello; Moran Katz, clarinet; Hassan Anderson, oboe; Ariadne Greif, soprano

 

Gershwin (arr. Heifetz): Prelude No. 1 from Three Preludes

--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, 2nd 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 (arr. Eldor): “Trem Das Onze”

--Ariadne Greif, soprano; Eliran Avni, piano; Brendan Speltz, violin; Sofia Nowik, cello; Moran Katz, clarinet; Hassan Anderson, oboe

 

Gronich (arr. SHUFFLE Concert): “Yesh Li Simpatya”

-- Hassan Anderson, oboe; Moran Katz, clarinet; Eliran Avni, piano; Brendan Speltz, violin; Sofia Nowik, cello; Ariadne Greif, soprano

 

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