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Jennifer Koh, violin and Shai Wosner, piano

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner’s Bridge to Beethoven project explores the impact and significance of Beethoven on a diverse group of composers and musicians. Programming Beethoven's violin sonatas alongside contemporary works inspired by these sonatas, the project makes for a unique reflection on influence, innovation, and originality by some of the most incisive minds of classical music's new generation. The piece receiving its Philadelphia premiere, Iyer's Bridgetower Fantasy, is inspired by the “Kreutzer” Sonata and the Afro-European violinist who inspired Beethoven's work, George Bridgetower. It is not programmatic, but it takes on an episodic character assembled from contrasting fragments. The dance rhythms, recurring figures, and gestural contours are intended to feature the embodied expertise and expressivity of the performers.

Beethoven: Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1
Iyer: Bridgetower Fantasy [Philadelphia Premiere]
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A Major, Op.47 “Kreutzer”

Learn more about Koh and Wosner's "Bridge to Beethoven" project in this video:

Shai Wosner, piano

Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and insightful performances of a broad repertoire—from Beethoven and Schubert to the music of today. A frequent recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician, Mr. Wosner is known for imaginative programming that links music of the past and present, for instance the pairing.

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Jennifer Koh, violin

Jennifer Koh

Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. An adventurous musician, she collaborates with artists of multiple disciplines and curates projects that find connections between music of all eras from traditional to contemporary. She believes that all the arts and music of the past and present.

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Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

Address: 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

  The Perelman Theater is part of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, located on the southwest corner of Broad and Spruce Streets in Center City Philadelphia. The smaller of the two concert halls in the Kimmel Center, the Perelman Theater is a 627-seat auditorium with seating on the plaza, plaza tier, first balcony, and second balcony levels.…more info