NHSO Concertmaster Ani Kavafian Gives Farewell Recital on May 13

Wednesday • May 3, 2017

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) will celebrate Ani Kavafian’s artistic gifts and contributions to the community during her tenure as concertmaster at a special season finale event on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7:30pm at Trinity Lutheran Church (New Haven). Ms. Kavafian will be joined by NHSO New Generation Artist Michael Brown for an intimate recital featuring Ani’s favorite solo and duo works by Mozart, Bach, Franck, Mendelssohn, and Kreisler.

Violinist Ani Kavafian enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has performed with virtually all of America’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and many others. She is a renowned chamber musician, and is an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center appearing in performances in New York City and around the United States. Her numerous solo recital engagements include performances at New York’s Carnegie and Alice Tully halls, as well as in major venues across the country. She has served as concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra since 2009 and is Professor of Violin at Yale University. She plays the 1736 Muir McKenzie Stradivarius violin.

Pianist Michael Brown was the winner of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and has recently performed debuts with the Seattle and Maryland Symphony Orchestras; a Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium debut with the New York Youth Symphony; and recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Louvre, Alice Tully Hall, and Weill Hall. Also a composer, recent commissions of Mr. Brown’s compositions include a piano concerto for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and works for the Look & Listen Festival, Bargemusic, and the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. He has recorded several albums, including an all-George Perle CD for Bridge Records and a solo album for CAG Records. Michael is the first prize winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Competition and was recently appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor of Piano at Brooklyn College. He is a Steinway Artist and a member of Chamber Music Society Two. He was appointed a New Haven Symphony Orchestra New Generation Artist in 2011 and, as such, has appeared with the NHSO on multiple occasions.

Tickets: Adult tickets are $30 – $59. College student tickets are $10 and KidTix (children ages 7-17) are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Blue Star tickets for active military personnel and their immediate family are free. For tickets and information call 203.865.0831 x20 or visit www.NewHavenSymphony.org.

Before the concert: Join the NHSO for an intriguing free pre-concert discussion led by Ani Kavafian, from 6:30-7:00pm the night of the concert. This talk will be located at Trinity Lutheran Church.

The Classics Series media sponsor is the New Haven Register. KidTix and Blue Star Tix are sponsored by Frontier Communications.