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The Westport Arts Center is thrilled to present Jenny Lin, one of today’s most respected young pianists, on Sunday, October 30 at 3 p.m. This concert will be held at the Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport, CT (245 Post Road East).

Jenny Lin is known for her ability to combine classical and contemporary literature and has received substantial critical acclaim.

The concert is generously sponsored by Lance Lundberg and Joyce & David Thompson.

The New York Times described her as possessing “remarkable technical command” and “a gift for melodic flow.” The Washington Post praises “Lin’s confident fingers…spectacular technique…surely one of the most interesting pianists in America right now.”

For this performance, Lin will perform the theme “Sketches of Spain,” including Antonio Soler’s Fandango, Enrique Granados’ Los Requiebros, El Fandango del Candil, Quejas o la maja y el ruisenor, and El Amor y la Muerte from his Goyescas, and Maurice Ravel’s Alborada del Gracioso from Miroirs. Additionally, Lin will perform Igor Stravinsky’s Tango, Manuel de Falla’s Serenata Andaluza – Fantasia Baetica and Guido Agosti’s Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird.

Co-curator of the Westport Arts Center Chamber series, Alexander Platt, stated, “We’ve dubbed this concert ‘Sketches of Spain,’ as I think that one of the great pleasures of life is hearing music from the classic Spanish piano repertoire — an amazing sound-world of passion, elegance, and introspection. The centenary of the death of Enrique Granados — the forgotten Spanish master composer, who lost his life to German U-Boats while crossing the Atlantic — gives us a noble excuse to revisit this glorious world, courtesy of my friend, the acclaimed pianist Jenny Lin.”

“Granados, Manuel de Falla, and the French impressionist Maurice Ravel, celebrating his Basque heritage, in some of the finest bravura works of the keyboard — I can’t think of a better way to spend an autumn afternoon,” added Platt.

Unique to the Westport Arts Center series, the performance will include commentary by the Arts Center’s Performing Arts co-curator Russell Platt, providing an opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation for the music performers and genres.

Individual concert tickets and season tickets are now available for both the Westport Arts Center’s Chamber and Jazz Music series. Season ticket holders enjoy significant benefits. In addition to a cost savings of up to 15%, season ticket holders receive reserved preferred seating at all concerts and an opportunity to engage with the musicians immediately following the concerts. The tickets are transferable.

New to 2016-17, each season ticket holder will also receive the benefit of sponsoring two students to also attend a concert.

This concert is the final opportunity to see the MORE Than Words exhibition, focused on courage, empowerment, and resilience in the face of bullying.

Tickets can be purchased at www.westportartscenter.org or by calling the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070. A limited number of discounted Senior tickets will be available for presale at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport. Corporate sponsorship and group ticket opportunities are also available.

The Westport Arts Center thanks WSHU Public Radio Group for promotional support.

More About Jenny Lin

Ms. Lin’s orchestral engagements have included Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with Collegiate Chorale and American Symphony, Valentin Silvestrov’s Metamusik with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Garden of Spain with La Orquesta Sinfónica de Gijón; Ernest Bloch’s Concerto Grosso No. 1 with SWR Rundfunkorchester; world premiere of Stefano Gervasoni’s Pinao Concerto with Orchestra Sinfonica Nationale della RAI, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. She has also worked with NDR Radiophilharmonie, Flemish Radio Orchestra, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and performed with conductors such as Lothar Zagrosek, James Bagwell, Jiri Starek, Urs Schneider, Alexander Mickelthwate, Peter Bay, Jac van Steen, Ovidiu Balan, Wen-Pin Chien, Kek-Tijang Lim, John Kennedy, Carlos Amat, Oliver Diaz, and Celso Antunes.

Her concerts have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, Miller Theatre, MoMA, Whitney Museum, San Francisco Performances, Freer Gallery of Art, Morgan Library, (Le) Poisson Rouge, National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery, Spivey Hall, and throughout Europe and the Far East; as well as Festivals worldwide at Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart, BAM’s Next Wave, Spoleto and Portland International Piano Festivals in the USA, Chopin Festival in Austria, Flanders and Ars Musica Festivals in Belgium, Shanghai New Music Festival in China, Divonne Festival in France, Schleswig-Holstein, Potsdam and Husum Piano Rarities Festivals in Germany, Kings Place in London, Millennium Festival in Spain, Festival Archipel in Switzerland, and Winnipeg New Music in Canada.

Westport Arts Center Upcoming Chamber Music Concert Schedule

 The Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition at Unitarian Church Westport

Semi Finals: November 5

Finals: November 6

Now in its 45th year, the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition is a showcase for exceptional musicians from around the world. The Competition is held annually on a rotating basis in voice, strings and piano and is a springboard for the careers of extraordinarily talented musicians. Presented by the Connecticut Alliance for Music.

 

Pedja

Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church

Hailed by critics as a “thinking” musician with engaging stage presence and a gratifying combination of virtuosity and eloquence, pianist Pedja Muzijevic has defined his career with creative programming, unusual combinations of new and old music, and lasting collaborations with other artists and ensembles.

 

Horszowski Trio

Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church

Described by The New Yorker as “destined for great things,” when the members of the Horszowski Trio  – Jesse Mills, Raman Ramakrishnan, and Rieko Aizawa – played together for the first time, they immediately felt the spark of a unique connection.

 

Jason Vieaux

Sunday, April 7, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.”

Jazz Music Concert Schedule

Steve Katz

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 3 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center

A previous member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Katz’ performance will feature a solo concert and a book signing for Is Steve Katz a Rock and Roll Star?

 

Atla and Matt De Champlain

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center

Performing together since they were 15, the DeChamplains focus on Jazz standards.  For this special performance, they will perform the music of Jewish composers.

 

The Saxtet under direction of Darren Litzie

Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center

Pianist, composer and educator Darren Litzie will perform a tribute to Benny Goodman and Stan Getz.

 

Jazz Jam

Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 3 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center

Free-wheeling jam session with community musicians, including Jazz, Blues, and other styles.

 

Greg Wall

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 3 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center

Rabbi Wall (also known as “the Jazz Rabbi”) is a celebrated musician and recording artist who performs a blend of jazz, world, and Jewish music.

About the Westport Arts Center

 The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber and Jazz music.

The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; AB Bernstein; the Brant Foundation; CBP; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Connecticut Cigar Company; Connecticut Office of the Arts; Delamar Southport; Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., DanceSport; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP; Fleishers Craft Butchery; 4th Row Films; GWAY Marketing Gymnasium; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover Milford; Lillian August; the Mitchell’s Family of Stores; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Random Acts; Rosenkranz Foundation; Saugatuck Wine & Grape; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Stamford Tent; Sun Hill Foundation; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Vespa Restaurant; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Family Counseling; Westport Now; William J. Rosenbloom Charitable Trust; Xerox Foundation; WPKN; and WSHU Public Radio Group.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 or www.westportartscenter.org.   The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

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