At 2 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, violinist Jacques Israelievitch, violist Caroline Coade, cellist Arie Lipsky and pianist Kanae Matsumoto — faculty members and accomplished musicians in their own right — will blend their skills together in the Faculty Artist Chamber Concert.
When asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, George Mallory, the English mountaineer who was among the first to attempt the climb, replied, “Because it’s there.” Jacques Israelievitch, faculty member in the School of Music’s Instrumental Program, cited the same reasoning for deciding to perform a marathon concert of Johannes Brahms’ viola and violin works.
Jacques Israelievitch, strings chair in Chautauqua Music Festival’s Instrumental Program, will host a violin master class at 2 p.m. today in McKnight Hall. Five students will each play one piece and he will critique their performances. Israelievitch said he hopes to open a dialogue between himself and the students so that they can have a new perspective on the pieces.
The New Arts Trio will expose a ghost during its closing performance at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. The final program for the season features trios from Beethoven and Brahms.
The scores are also on the New Arts Trio’s past CD, recorded in Chautauqua and which will be available at the faculty artist recital, featuring the trio’s founder and pianist Rebecca Penneys, cellist Arie Lipsky and violinist Jacques Israelievitch.
Jacques Israelievitch revels in deciphering the notes less-played. Kanae Matsumoto loves to give spirit to the notes she plays. Together, they revitalize classics.
In a dedication to rarely performed classical pieces, violinist Israelievitch and pianist Matsumoto will host a recital at 4:30 p.m. today in Fletcher Music Hall.
One of the last times the two appeared on stage, they played all 10 Beethoven sonatas in one day. It took six hours.
“We came out fairly unscathed,” Israelievitch said. “So, when we finished the last sonata, I felt like we could start all over again.”
“Beauty … and the beast,” violinist Jacques Israelievitch said, pointing to his instrument, and then to his fellow ensemble mate, cellist Arie Lipsky. Rebecca Penneys, pianist, smiled in the background as all three unwound before their morning rehearsal.
The New Arts Trio, featuring Israelievitch, Lipsky and Penneys, will perform in the faculty chamber concert from 4–5:30 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. The self-described low-budget orchestra will play Beethoven’s Piano Trio, Op. 70 No. 2, and Schubert’s Piano Trio, Op. 99.
“It’s very juicy music,” Israelievitch said. “Especially with Schubert, you go on a journey. As you take your time, the audience should feel like they are in an oasis of beauty. And they can forget about everything else for about 40 minutes.”
“When I talk to students, I always find metaphors to compare musical things to life,” said Jacques Israelievitch, renowned violinist and chamber musician.
From 2 to 4:30 p.m. today in McKnight Hall, Israelievitch will be teaching a violin master class. The 64-year-old strings chair at the School of Music has been teaching since he was 16. He is the youngest graduate at Le Mans Conservatory in France, having finished the program at age 11.
“If you can read words, you can read music,” Israelievitch said. “You’re such a sponge at that age. You can learn things by osmosis.”
A fractured right knee does not keep Rebecca Penneys from the piano. Penneys, piano teacher at the School of Music and founding member of the New Arts Trio, simply pedals with her left foot, an unusual but impressively adaptive technique.
“It’s amazing when you have an injury how quickly the other side just takes over,” said Penneys, sitting outside the Sherwood-Marsh Piano Studios with a soft cast wrapped around her right knee. An accidental slip and fall caused the injury early last week.
The New Arts Trio, made up of Penneys, violinist Jacques Israelievitch and cellist Arie Lipsky, will make its season debut in the Logan Chamber Music Series at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall as scheduled, but with a slight change to the program. Instead of enlisting its standard potpourri of composers, the ensemble has opted for a concert featuring solely Mozart trios.
Violinist Jacques Israelievitch loves art. Every year, he supports the Chautauqua School of Art by purchasing paintings, ceramics, pottery and sculptures, which he displays around his apartment and violin studio.