NEC Philharmonia + Loebel: New Paths
In her early compositions, African-American composer Julia Perry was influenced by spirituals and the blues. After studying in post-World War II Europe with Luigi Dallapiccola and Nadia Boulanger she adopted a more abstract style, of which A Short Piece for Orchestra (1952) is representative. Yet another stylistic shift occurred in the 1960s when, in response to civil rights movement, Perry produced music suffused with the spirit of Rock ‘n Roll and Rhythm and Blues. One can only speculate what other paths she might have followed had she not died prematurely at age fifty-five.
Aaron Copland’s Orchestral Variations is a 1957 orchestration of his astringent Piano Variations (1930). The orchestral version casts new light on a landmark of American piano music, one in which Copland moved beyond his jazzy pieces of the 1920s to a more dissonant language. That language proved to be but a brief stop on Copland’s path to the folksy Americana of Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid and other popular works.
Jonathan Senik '23, winner of an NEC Concerto Competition, is tonight's Brahms soloist.
This performance is open to in-person audiences, and can also be viewed below via livestream.
Watch Livestream from Jordan Hall:
- NEC Philharmonia
- Jonathan Senik '23, piano
Julia Perry | Short Piece for Small Orchestra (1952)
Aaron Copland | Orchestral Variations (1957)
Johannes Brahms | Concerto for Piano No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 83
Allegro non troppo
Jonathan Senik was born in Israel and by the age of eight had already performed an entire concerto with a symphony orchestra. He studied for ten years with his first teacher, Mrs. Yulia Zimin, and was then a student of Prof. Mark Shaviner at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University. He won top prizes at all national competitions in Israel and has played with most orchestras in his native country. He has collaborated with many conductors, including Vag Papian, Yi-An Xu, and Lahav Shani, the new chief conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, in a special event for the board of governors of the Tel-Aviv University. He has met and worked with well-known pianists and musicians, such as Daniil Trifonov, Prof. Dmitry Bashkirov, Prof. Boris Berman, Prof. Claudio Martinez-Mehner and many others. He was mentored by Prof. Tomer Lev and, for the past few years, by Murray Perahia as part of Jerusalem Music Center's program for outstanding young musicians. Jonathan is a graduate of Thelma-Yellin high school of arts in Givatayim, has received merit scholarships from the America-Israel Foundation, and is currently supported by the Ronen Foundation and Bistritzky Foundation.
A frequent chamber musician. Jonathan received first prize at the Buchmann-Mehta chamber music competition. He has performed in many special venues, such as Tel-Hai international piano masterclasses and the Arthur Rubinstein Virtual Pianofest.
Jonathan is an undergraduate student at NEC where he studies with Alexander Korsantia and is the recipient of the John F. and Robert W. Cartwright Endowed Scholarship in Piano in Memory of Julius Chaloff and Homer Humphrey.Artists
- Jonathan Senik '23, piano
Hannah Chaewon Kim
Cheng-Hsuan Ethan Chen
Chae Lim Yoon
Haeun Honney Kim
Samuel M. Zacharia
Sae Rheen Kim
Gregory Miguel Padilla
Ryoei Leo Kawai
So Jeong Kim^
Nathalie Graciela Vela*
Tyler J. Bourque
Ki Yoon Park
Hannah Cope Johnson*
Morgan Mackenzie Short‡