NY Philharmonic’s artist-in-association gives recital

The Howland Chamber Music Circle’s annual winter series of piano concerts continues with a performance by Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan.

The concert will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St. in Beacon, and will be followed by a reception to meet the artist.

Barnatan has been named the New York Philharmonic’s first “Artist in Association,” a major three-season appointment highlighted by multiple concerto and chamber music collaborations with the orchestra. The Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient’s recent Kennedy Center solo debut prompted The Washington Post to marvel: “Although there was firecracker technique on display, it was Barnatan’s intelligence, musicality and story-telling ability that most impressed.”

His 2013 recording of Schubert’s late sonatas reveals “superior playing, in which penetrating musicianship, compelling interpretive insight, and elegant pianism achieve near perfect equilibrium” (BBC Music magazine), while his solo album Darkness Visible was described as one of the “Best of 2012” by The New York Times.

To launch his unprecedented new partnership with the NY Philharmonic, Barnatan makes his subscription debut playing Ravel’s concerto under Alan Gilbert. For his concert at the Howland Center, Barnatan has chosen to play Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110; Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26, by Samuel Barber; Prélude, Chorale et Fugue by Cesar Franck; and Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel by Johannes Brahms.

Tickets at $30 ($10 for students) can be reserved by calling 845-297-9243. See also howlandmusic.org, where information on this and other programs can be found.

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