Encore! Hilary Hahn Returns to Troy Music Hall

TCC-117-4_HHahn_web7:30 pm • Wednesday, April 16th 2014
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • Troy, NY

In the final concert of its 117th Season, the venerable Troy Chromatic Concerts presents violinist Hilary Hahn’s return to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Wednesday evening.

Internationally famous for blending new and traditional pieces, Hilary Hahn has brought her love of classical music to a variety of audiences; appearing regularly with the world’s elite orchestras and has released 12 feature albums, an award-winning recording for children and various compilations. She’s won two Grammys and performed on several film soundtracks. In 2001, Time named Hahn as “America’s Best Young Classical Musician.”

Ms. Hahn’s appearance for Troy Chromatics marks the beginning of an eight-city tour through the eastern and western United States as well as Montréal. Internationally known pianist and chamber musician Cory Smythe will accompany Hahn.

The American violinist has never been content simply to play the standard Tchaikovsky and Brahms concertos with jaw-dropping precision—though she does that with spooky frequency. Ever since she burst on to the scene as a teenage prodigy she has also premiered new pieces, reconnecting the world of the virtuoso violinist to contemporary composers with all the diligence and perfectionism that she brings to her playing.”Richard Morrison of The Times

Of particular interest is Hahn’s epic project, In 27 Pieces. Hahn has developed a reputation as an advocate of new music, and this truly exemplifies it.

Nearly a decade ago, Hahn began to notice that new encore pieces were not being showcased as much as other types of contemporary works. She believes these shorter pieces remain a crucial part of every violinist’s education and repertoire, and that potential new favorites should be encouraged and performed as well. With Hahn’s In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores, she commissioned composers to write 26 short-form pieces for acoustic violin and piano, which she premiered over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons and recorded them along the way.

The composers commissioned were veterans like Antón García Abril to next generation wunderkinds like Nico Muhly. Through her website, Hahn did a “call for scores” for the 27th encore.  Jeff Myers’ piece, The Angry Birds of Kauai, was selected by Hahn for inclusion in the project and resulting recording which has recently been released on Deutsche Grammaphon.

In the concert world, the practice of “the encore”—derived from the French word encore and the Italian ancora—has been a way for audiences to demand an artist to once again demonstrate their artistry and/or technique. And many artists are pleased to deliver. Hahn believes “that the point of an encore is to create a little world of its own in a very short time, and that’s what all these pieces do.” In 27 Pieces, the average length of each piece is about three minutes.

The upcoming Wednesday night concert indeed demonstrates Hahn’s love of combining the traditional with the contemporary and includes at least two works from In 27 Pieces.

In addition to a Mozart sonata that hasn’t yet been determined, the program is to be:

  • Antón García AbrilThree Sighs¹
  • SchoenbergPhantasy for Violin and Piano, Op. 47
  • SchubertFantasia in C Major for Violin and Piano, D. 934 (Op. posth. 159)
  • TelemanFantasia No. VI in E minor for Solo Violin, TMW
  • Richard Barrett—shade¹

¹ from In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores

While Hahn’s violin case is generally quite active on twitter (@violincase) commenting on life as a traveling companion, Hahn has her own engaging personality shines through as an avid writer and interviewer, posting journal entries and information for young musicians and concertgoers on her website.

You’ll want to take a listen to Ms. Hahn as she turns herself from the subject of the interview to the interviewer with Tavis Smiley.  Enjoy!!

Upcoming Events

  • Membra Jesu Nostri: Selections for Good Friday and Holy Saturday – The Music of Buxtehude, Purcell and Dupré
  • First Reformed Church of Schenectady, Schenectady, NY
    Saturday, April 19th 2014 at 3:00 pm

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