Artists: Iva Casian-Lakos (Cello), Stella Cho (Cello), Jamie Clark (Cello), Rainer Crosett (Cello), Jonah Ellsworth (Cello), Nitzan Gal (Cello), Hsiao-Hsuan Sharen Huang (Cello), Youbin Jun (Cello), Ana Kim (Cello), Minji Kim (Cello), Kenny Lee (Cello), Daniel Mitnitsky (Cello), Taeguk Mun (Cello), Noémie Raymond-Friset (Cello), Miguel Vásquez (Cello), Ye Young Yoo (Cello), Stephen Drury (Piano), Robert Anemone (Violin), Robert Mayes (Cello), Paul Biss (Violin), Miriam Fried (Violin), Marcus Thompson (Viola), Laurence Lesser (Cello)

First Monday 30th Anniversary Season

First Monday arrived at Jordan Hall on October 7, 1985. 30 years later, we’re still celebrating the best of chamber music, with imaginative programming, splendid artists, and musical conversation under the direction (or should we say devotion) of Laurence Lesser, occupant of the Walter W. Naumburg Chair in Music.

We’ll pay tribute to our start by scattering performances of works done during that inaugural season throughout the current season of six concerts, featuring as much as possible the musicians who performed them back then. On this program, the Ives and Tchaikovsky are reprised from the first season.

As always we strive for the perfect mix of familiar masterpieces and the new and unfamiliar. Still in stunning Jordan Hall and still free! Let’s see how long we can keep it up!

Lee Hyla: Now Exclusively Cello

Lee Hyla died on June 6, 2014 in Chicago. He was 61.

All of us who knew Lee as a composer, teacher, and friend were saddened and shocked beyond words by his passing. That this vibrantly alive, profoundly good-humored and incomparably unique person is no longer with us seems impossible. Lee’s enormous gifts as a composer completely matched every aspect of his deeply human qualities as a person, and they included absolute honesty, devotion (to friends, family, and his craft) explosive energy, and unquestionable clarity and vision. His compositional voice, as many have remarked, was absolutely unique – no one mistakes a Lee Hyla work for that of another composer. His direct, open way of seeing a person or a piece of music gave him unmatched gifts as a teacher, a teacher who inspired and changed the musical lives of everyone he connected with.

We gratefully dedicate Now Exclusively Cello to Lee’s memory and spirit.

—Stephen Drury

Program

Hyla: Now Exclusively Cello
Iva Casian-Lakos (Cello), Stella Cho (Cello), Jamie Clark (Cello), Rainer Crosett (Cello), Jonah Ellsworth (Cello), Nitzan Gal (Cello), Hsiao-Hsuan Sharen Huang (Cello), Youbin Jun (Cello), Ana Kim (Cello), Minji Kim (Cello), Kenny Lee (Cello), Daniel Mitnitsky (Cello), Taeguk Mun (Cello), Noémie Raymond-Friset (Cello), Miguel Vásquez (Cello), Ye Young Yoo (Cello)

Ives: Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello
Moderato
TSIAJ: Presto
Moderato con moto
Stephen Drury (Piano), Robert Anemone (Violin), Robert Mayes (Cello)

Tchaikovsky: Quartet for Strings no 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30
Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato
Allegretto vivo e scherzando
Andante funebre e doloroso, ma con moto
Finale: Allegro non troppo e risoluto
Paul Biss (Violin), Miriam Fried (Violin), Marcus Thompson (Viola), Laurence Lesser (Cello)

Date: March 2, 2015 - 8:00PM

Price: Free

Location: NEC's Jordan Hall

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