Thursday, March 17, 2022

HASSAN ANDERSON, Oboe

with Lydia Brown, Piano

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PROGRAM

 

William Grant Still

Incantation and Dance

 

Francis Poulenc

Sonata for oboe and piano

 

Carl Nielsen

Two Fantasy Pieces for oboe and piano

 

Song without word

 

a. Gabriel Faure

Apres un Reve

b. Maurice Ravel

Vocalise

 

Eugene Bozza

Sonata for oboe and piano 

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ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

Recently named the Yale School of Music 2019 Distinguished Teaching Artist of the Year, American oboist Hassan Anderson is a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and teacher. Noted for his clarity of tone, range of colors, and energetic stage presence, Mr. Anderson was the oboist of the acclaimed innovative New York-based chamber music ensemble SHUFFLE Concert (Ensemble Mélange), a position he has held from 2011-2018. With the ensemble, Mr. Anderson toured Israel three times, performed on series throughout the US and Canada, including the Duplex, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center, New York’s Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society Series, Los Angeles’s L'Ermitage Concert Series, Pennsylvania’s Lancaster Performing Arts Center, and Pepperdine University Center for the Arts in California, as well as at such distinguished summer festivals as Cooperstown Music Festival, Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, Canada’s Chamberfest Ottawa, to name a few.

Mr. Anderson has recorded an album of works by various artists, including Schumann, Gershwin, Avner Dorman (world premiere), and Jonathan Keren (world premiere) with SHUFFLE Concert (in-house label, October 2013). He is also featured on “Unremembered,” a song cycle by Sarah Kirkland Snider (New Amsterdam Records, September 2015). Mr. Anderson’s newest release (New Focus Recordings, March 2020) is a world-premiere recording with the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble of John Alyward’s “Angelus.” 

A popular collaborator, amongst his numerous guest appearances with distinguished ensembles, are performances with the American Ballet Theater, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (ecce), and The Harlem Chamber Players. Mr. Anderson was recently named Co-Artistic Director of The East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (ecce) and Director of Educational Programming for the Harlem Chamber Players. Currently, Mr. Anderson serves on the faculty of the renowned Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The Harlem School of the Arts and is the founding Director of Music at Wetherby-Pembridge School (NYC). 

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Pianist Lydia Brown is one of the leading collaborative pianists of her generation. Winner of the Second Prize of the 1996 New Orleans International Piano Competition, recital appearances include the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Weill Hall, the Salle Cortot, SongFest, the Phillips Gallery and the Neue Galerie NY Cabaret series. Miss Brown has partnered artists on the rosters of the Pro Musicis Foundation, the Marilyn Horne Foundation, Young Concert Artists, the Piatigorsky Foundation and Concert Artists Guild. Since 2006 she has overseen the Vocal Program at the Marlboro Music Festival and School in addition to serving on the music staffs of the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera. She is the current Chair of the Collaborative Piano Department of The Juilliard School.