Gil Morgenstern’s Reflections Series International with Percussionist Yousif Sheronick and Cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach
Where: City Winery
155 Varick St.
212-608-0555 Price: $40
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Reality Chamber Theatre
This bold new series of interactive concerts pulls back the curtain on the creative process. Audiences are invited to be a part of the nuts and bolts of creating exciting, interesting and illuminating programs.
Acclaimed for his artistry and technical brilliance, violinist Gil Morgenstern is devoted to tearing down the traditional barriers between classical music and new audiences. His vision is to unlock the mystery surrounding the music by presenting the audience with a more complete concert experience, meticulously curated from start to finish, placing music in an historical and artistic context, and organically integrating it with other artistic disciplines in innovative and unexpected ways.
Morgenstern has toured the world, performing on five continents in recitals and as guest soloist with leading orchestras. The New York Times has called him “a brilliant and musically curious artist;” “a rare poet of the violin” reported The South China Morning Post; and “Morgenstern played a program that tested every part of a violinist’s equipment and he did it all beautifully,” wrote The Washington Post. His latest recording was one of the top ten bestselling classical music albums on Amazon and the No. 1 classical CD for over a month on emusic.com.
Gil Morgenstern’s many honors include a command performance at the White House when he was just 21 years old, a performance at the inaugural festivities for President Clinton, and a citation from the floor of the House of Representatives entered in the Congressional Record for outstanding service in the arts.
Yousif Sheronick has performed around the globe to critical acclaim, genre hopping with leading artists in the classical, world, jazz and rock music arenas. The New York Times hails Yousif for his “dazzling improvisations” and his “wizardry on a range of humble frame drums”. Of Lebanese descent, Yousif was recently featured in Drum! Magazine highlighting his versatility in an article titled “At The Corner Of The World”. His influences are far reaching as he grew up playing rock and roll drum set, studied classical percussion through a masters degree at Yale University and went on to study music from Brazil, India, Africa and the Middle East. These combined influences propelled Yousif into performances with Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Lark Quartet, Ethos Percussion Group, Branford Marsalis, Sonny Fortune, Cindy Blackman Santana, Glen Velez and Paul Winter. His many musical influences are highlighted in duoJalal, his venture with violist and wife Kathryn Lockwood.
Alexis Pia Gerlach
Cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach has been lauded by the press for the “gripping emotion” and “powerful artistry” of her interpretations; qualities which have led to a career striking for its wide range of artistic collaborations. She has appeared extensively in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras across the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Her recording with pianist Fabio Bidini of the Franck and Rachmaninoff Sonatas is released on the Encore Performance label. As a sought-after chamber musician she performs at major festivals including Marlboro, Aspen, Bridgehampton, La Musica di Asolo and Caramoor, and as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A frequent collaborator with dancers, Gerlach has performed as on-stage solo cellist with the Paul Taylor Dance Company on tour in India and at New York’s City Center, and as a duo with New York City Ballet principal dancer, Damian Woetzel.