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Marina Lomazov & Joseph Rackers, piano
August 5, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. @The Wilson Center

A Metamorphic Journey

Vivace Music Foundation artistic directors Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers kick off Vivace’s second season in Wilmington with Brahms’ mammoth sonata for two pianos (which would later become his famous piano quintet). A North Carolina premiere, iconic works by Rachmaninoff, Bach and Scriabin, and Kapustin’s thrilling variations make this a concert you cannot miss.

Richard Goode, piano
August 6, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. @The Wilson Center

Beethoven’s Greatest Variations

One of the world’s greatest pianists visits Wilmington and Vivace Music Foundation to present Beethoven’s grandest set of variations: the Diabelli. According to Gramophone, “Every time we hear him (Richard Goode), he impresses us as better than we remembered, surprising us, surpassing our expectations and communicating perceptions that stay in the mind.”

Bonnie Thron, Axel StraussJason Moon, Jennifer Frautschi, Seth Parker Woods & Dmitri Vorobiev
August 7, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. @The Wilson Center

The Master-Trio of Our Time

Principal cellist of the North Carolina Symphony, Bonnie Thron, joins Naumburg Violin Award winner Axel Strauss and virtuoso pianist Dmitri Vorobiev in a performance of Mendelssohn’s thrilling C minor piano trio, once referred to by Robert Schumann as “the master-trio of our time.” Additional works by Shostakovich and Strauss kick off Vivace’s string festival in grand fashion.

Thomas Sauer & Colin Carr
August 10, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. @The Wilson Center

Grandly Heroic

British cellist Colin Carr has appeared throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist. Colin and his longtime duo partner Thomas Sauer join Vivace to present one of the most beautiful pieces ever written: the Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata. Recent performances have brought the Carr-Sauer duo to venues throughout the United States and Europe, including on major concert series in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Amsterdam and London. The Calgary Herald says of Carr: “Colin Carr has provided some of the most memorable performances we will ever likely hear…”.

Ani Kavafian, Movses Pogossian, Jason Moon, Jennifer Frautschi, Natasha Brofsky, Seth Parker Woods & Alexander Kobrin
August 11, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. @The Wilson Center

Hats off Gentlemen, a Genius!

Violinist Ani Kavafian has performed as soloist with virtually every major orchestra in the world. Join us as she performs Schumann’s best work with an all-star cast, featuring Vivace artistic advisor Jennifer Frautschi, 2021 Vivace Award Winner Jason Moon, cellist Natasha Brofsky and pianist Alexander Kobrin

Schumann’s piano quintet highlighted his year of chamber music, in which he composed three string quartets, several pieces for piano trio and a piano quartet. The quintet, however, defined the genre that would later be championed by Brahms, Shostakovich, Franck and Dvorak. The work was premiered by Clara Schumann (and published on her birthday!).

Alexander Kobrin, piano
August 13, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.@The Wilson Center

The Van Cliburn of Today

 

Referred to as the Van Cliburn of today by the BBC, virtuoso Alexander Kobrin returns to Vivace for a dynamic program of works by Haydn, Schubert, Shor/Pletnev and Rachmaninoff. Gold medalist in the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and top prizes at the Busoni, Hamamatsu and Chopin competitions, Kobrin is a virtuoso like none other. According to The New York Times: “He surrendered neither the smoothness nor the dynamic fluidity that the modern piano allows, and he gave his sense of fantasy free rein, creating an almost confessional spirit.”