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Gilbert Kalish, piano

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    Pianist Gilbert Kalish leads a musical life of unusual variety and breadth. His profound influence on the musical community as an educator and pianist in myriad performances and recordings has established him as a major figure in American music making.

    A native New Yorker and graduate of Columbia College, Kalish studied with Leonard Shure, Julius Hereford, and Isabella Vengerova. He was the pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for 30 years and was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a group devoted to new music that flourished during the 1960s and 70s. He is a frequent guest artist with many of the world’s most distinguished chamber ensembles. His 30-year partnership with the mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani was universally recognized as one of the most remarkable artistic collaborations of our time. He maintains longstanding duos with the cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnick, and he appears frequently with soprano Dawn Upshaw.

    Kalish is Distinguished Professor and Head of Performance Activities at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. From 1969 to 1997, he was a faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center and served as the “Chairman of the Faculty” at Tanglewood from 1985 to 1997. He often serves as guest artist at distinguished music institutions such as The Banff Centre, and the Steans Institute at Ravinia, and the Marlboro Festival, and is renowned for his master class presentations.

    Gilbert Kalish’s discography encompasses classical repertory, 20th-century masterworks, and new compositions. Of special note are his solo recordings of Charles Ives’s Concord Sonata and the sonatas of Joseph Haydn, as well as an immense discography of vocal music with Jan DeGaetani and landmarks of the 20th century by such composers as Carter, Crumb, Shapey, and Schoeberg. In 1995, he was presented with the Paul Fromm Award by the University of Chicago Music Department for distinguished service to the music of our time.



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    Schumann Quartet w/ Gilbert Kalish, piano

    Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Haydn: Quartet in G Major, Op. 33, No. 5
    Schumann: Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2
    Shostakovich: Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57


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    Dawn Upshaw, soprano and Gilbert Kalish, piano

    Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 8:00 PM

    Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
    427 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Ives: Songs My Mother Taught Me
    Ives: Memories
    Ives: Tom Sails Away
    Ives: Down East
    Ives: The Housatonic At Stockbridge
    Ives: The Cage
    Ives: Two Little Flowers
    Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2, Concord


    This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45 with Richard Wernick

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    Met Opera Winds; David Chan, violin; Gilbert Kalish, piano

    Date: Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 3:00 PM

    Location: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Stephanie Mortimore, flute; James Ognibene, clarinet; Elaine Douvas, oboe; Patricia Rogers, bassoon; Nathan Hughes, oboe; Joseph Anderer, horn; Anthony McGill, clarinet; David Chan, violin

    Martinu: Madrigal Sonata
    Janácek: Mládi: Suite for Wind Instruments
    Bartók: Contrasts
    Poulenc: Sextuor

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    Emerson Quartet w/ Gilbert Kalish, piano

    Date: Friday, October 13, 2006 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Mozart: String Trio in E-flat Major, K. 563, "Divertimento"
    Brahms: Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25

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    Harumi Rhodes, violin; Hiroko Yajima, violin; Samuel Rhodes, viola; Marcy Rosen, cello; Donald MacCourt, heckelphone; Gilbert Kalish, piano

    Date: Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 3:00 PM

    Location: Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Hindemith: String Trio No. 2
    Hindemith: Trio for Viola, Heckelphone, and Piano, Op. 47
    Hindemith: String Quartet No. 5, Op. 32

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    Imani Winds w/ Gilbert Kalish, piano

    Date: Friday, October 22, 2004 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Scott: Titilayo
    Schifrin: La Nouvelle Orleans
    Coleman: Steal Away [Arr.]
    Schuller: Sextet for Winds and Piano [Philadelphia Premiere]
    Hindemith: Kleine Kammermusik, Op. 24, No. 2
    Poulenc: Sextuor

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    Joel Krosnick, cello and Gilbert Kalish, piano

    Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2004 - 8:00 pm

    Location: Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Ginastera: Cello Sonata, Op. 49
    Wernick: Duo for Cello and Piano
    Shapey: Kroslish Sonate
    Carter: Cello Sonata


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