Bates Recital Hall
2406 Robert Dedman
Austin, TX 78712
Sunday, July 16 at 3:00 pm
Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman
SPONSORED BY DR. JEFFREY LAZAR
Combining classical duos with reimagined folk tunes from the Jewish Diaspora, Eastern Europe, Balkans, and Middle East, St. John and Herskowitz promise to deliver with passion, furor, and spectacular extemporization. Includes works by Franck, Gershwin, and Farah.Buy Single Tickets Buy Packages
Sonata for Violin and Piano | Cesar Franck (1822-1890)
- Allegretto ben moderato
- Allegro Molto
- Recitativo-Fantasia: Ben moderato
- Allegretto poco mosso
But Not For Me | George Gershwin (1898-1937), arr. Matt Herskowitz (1968)
Fascinating Rhythm | George Gershwin (1898-1937), arr. Matt Herskowitz (1968)
Ah Ya Zayn (Palestine) | John Kameel Farah (1972)
Čoček (Macedonia) | Milica Paranosic (1973)
Sari Siroun Yar (Armenia) | Serouj Kradjian (1975)
Nagilara (Israel) | Matt Herskowitz (1968)
Czardashian Rhapsody (Hungary) | Martin Kennedy (1978)
Lara St. John, violin
Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John has been described as “something of a phenomenon” by The Strad and a “high-powered soloist” by the New York Times. She has performed as soloist with orchestras throughout the world, and has given recitals in major international concert halls.
The Los Angeles Times wrote “Lara St. John happens to be a volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone that pours out of her like molten lava. She has technique to burn and plays at a constant high heat.”
Lara owns and runs her own label, Ancalagon, founded in 1999. Bach: the Six Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo was the best-selling double album on iTunes in 2007. Her Mozart recording won a Juno Award in 2011. In 2014, her Schubert album with Berlin Philharmonic harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet, cellist Ludwig Quandt and soprano Anna Prohaska was chosen as one of ‘The Best CDs of Spring’ by Der Tagsesspiegel.
Lara began playing the violin when she was two years old. She made her first appearance as soloist with orchestra at age four, and her European debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra when she was 10. She toured Spain, France, Portugal and Hungary at ages 12 and 13 and entered the Curtis Institute at 13. Her teachers have included Felix Galimir and Joey Corpus. She performs on the 1779 “Salabue” Guadagnini thanks to an anonymous donor and Heinl & Co. of Toronto.
Matt Herskowitz, piano
Uniquely combining the superlative technique of a classical virtuoso with his prowess in jazz, world music and free improvisation, pianist, composer and arranger Matt Herskowitz has carved out a unique and personal voice in music. Over the course of the last decade, Matt has produced a series of critically-acclaimed recordings, premiered his works in settings from New York’s Central Park to Germany’s Köln Philharmonie, collaborated with top classical, jazz and pop artists, and has performed at music festivals across the globe.
In addition to his other projects, Matt is also half of the Montreal-based piano duo, Piano Chameleons. With acclaimed jazz pianist John Roney, the duo creates unique jazz arrangements of popular classical pieces. Their debut album was released in October 2016 on Justin Time Records, and has received many rave reviews.
Matt also records and performs with renowned Canadian violinist Lara St. John. Matt invited her to perform on his 2010 album, Jerusalem Trilogy. Lara then invited Matt to play on Shiksa, her album of original compositions and arrangements based on traditional eastern European folk songs. She also commissioned Matt to compose a piece for this album, Nagilara, based on the famous Jewish folk song Hava Nagila. The album has received critical acclaim since its release in 2015.
A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Matt is originally from Rensselaerville, New York, and has made Montreal his adopted home since 1999.