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Last year, watching Le
Vent du Nord at a small club in Montréal, the thought occurred, “How is it
even possible that this band keeps getting better and better?” Indeed, these four electrifying Québécois musicians
show us something new and thrilling every time we hear them. Their blend of traditional
music with a gutsy cosmopolitan edge, polished instrumentation, and unbelievable
harmonizing vocals creates an experience of sheer musical delight for audiences.
If you have had the pleasure of hearing
them before, you are most likely a lifelong fan. If you haven’t, we promise
that you are about to become one.
Interestingly, this is not our first time presenting
a guitar/accordion duo (remember Julien Labro and Jason Vieaux?). This concert
should prove just as extraordinary as two celebrated instrumentalists come
together for an evening of intimate musical connections to explore their common
Balkan roots and shared love of classical and traditional music. In a program that includes
original compositions; arrangements of Falla, Bartók, and Satie; and the
mournful music of sevdah (sometimes
called 'Bosnian blues'), Ključo and Tadić share the fruits of their unique musical partnership and
heritage, creating unforgettably beautiful and poignant music.
A cultural diaspora told through song and story, “Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom” traces the history of the Sephardic
Ladino-speaking people. Expelled from their homes in Spain and Portugal in the
15th century, they wound their way through Europe, settling and
bringing their distinctive music, food, language, and culture to Sarajevo, Salonica,
and Jerusalem. The award-winning Guy Mendilow Ensemble performs
traditional Jewish Sephardi songs and legends, sung in the endangered
Judeo-Spanish language, Ladino. Epic tales of sailors and love lost to the
seas, fantastic dreams, and the intrigue of kings and queens all come to life
in a performance that crackles with rich musical storytelling, beautiful
singing, and exquisite arrangements.
We look forward to welcoming the PacificaQuartet back to the Lane stage. Much loved by our audience and recognizedfor its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and daring repertory choices,the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finestchamber ensembles performing today. The Pacifica tours extensively throughoutthe United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, playing regularly in theworld’s major concert halls to popular acclaim, and is also currently thequartet-in-residence at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Theprogram includes the Quartet in G minor,Op. 76, No. 1 by Haydn; Quartet No.3 by Shostakovich; and the Quartetin F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 by Beethoven.
Young, energetic, traditional, political, and cutting edge, this East LA band’s sounds derive from Veracruz,Mexico, and the rhythms of the infectious musical form Son Jarocho. Formed in a neighborhood café, Las Cafeteras uses Afro-Mexican rhythms, Afro-Caribbean marimbol and cajón, and acoustic instruments like jarana, requinto, adonkey jawbone, and a wooden platform called the Tarima to form the backbone of their music. Their songs incorporatepoetry in English and Spanglish with inspiring lyrics that tell stories of loveand the fight for justice and equity in a harsh environment. We’re excited towelcome them back to Burlington after a sold-out show at Signal Kitchen thispast spring. In addition to their concert on the Lane Series, they’ll beparticipating in workshops and class visits with UVM’s Latin American andCaribbean Studies Program.
The Lavrova Primakov Piano Duo
was established in August 2010. Since then, they have performed extensively
throughout the U.S. and garnered accolades from audiences and critics. Their
longstanding friendship and collaborative partnership translates easily to the
concert stage, and they enter each project with a level of pride, respect, and
devotion to their audiences. Trained at the Moscow Conservatory and at Juilliard,
Natalia Lavrova enjoys a diverse
international career and is also the director of the Music School of New York
City. Vassily Primakov is a
Juilliard graduate and a Young Concert Artists Winner, and is hailed as a
pianist of world class importance. He appeared on the Lane Series in 2012 and
was joined for his encore by Ms. Lavrova. Their duo program includes the Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasie by Tchaikovsky; Suite No. 1, Op. 5, by Rachmaninoff;
the Sonata for Two Pianos by Brahms;
and La Valse by Ravel.
The Berlin-based ATOS Trio(Annette von Hehn, Thomas Hoppe and Stefan Heinmeyer) has been performingtogether since 2003. Praised for its warmth of sound, pitch-perfect unanimityof phrasing, and dynamic interpretations, the ensemble impresses both audiencesand critics alike and performs regularly at prestigious venues and festivalsall over the world. The trio released several acclaimed albums of classicalrepertoire and have also won several awards, including theKalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and First Prize, GrandPrize, and Audience Prize at the 5th Melbourne International ChamberMusic Competition. For the Lane Series, the ATOS will perform the Trio in B-flat Major, KV502, by Mozart;Trio in D Major by Korngold; and Trio No. 2 in c minor, Op. 66, byMendelssohn.
It almost never happens: the instantaneous rebooking
of a band immediately following the performance. But after last season’s
spectacular holiday concert with Cape Breton Quintet Còig, we simply couldn’t resist.
This ensemble of young Cape Breton musicians simply has the magic of great
playing and singing, a warm and friendly stage presence, and, of course, the
music, which is Celtic in tradition and new world in spirit and energy.
Initially formed as a showcase band for the Celtic Colours Festival, Còig
deserves the incredible accolades and sold-out houses that continue to grow as
the ensemble matures into one of the truly great traditional bands performing