Husband-wife pianists to open chamber series at Pequot
Published 6:06 pm, Thursday, July 28, 2011
The concert is scheduled at 5 p.m. in the library, 720 Pequot Ave.
Bax and Chung will perform a two-piano program of works by Mozart, Lutoslawski and Brahms (the two-piano version of the Piano Quintet in F Minor). The program features arrangements more frequently heard in orchestral and chamber-ensemble concerts.
The couple performed in the arts center's chamber series last year.
"Their vitality, musicianship and personal interplay thrilled and inspired our audience last summer," said Richard Epstein, a member of the arts center's chamber music committee. "We have brought them back by popular acclaim."
Bax is a member of the Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two, a three-year residency program for gifted young artists. He won first prizes at the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition in England and the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan,
"His playing quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity," Gramophone magazine said, according to an arts center news release, while the Dallas Morning News called listening to Bax "an out-of-body experience."
The Canadian Chung made her debut at age 10 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. She has performed an extensive concerto repertoire, appearing with more than 60 orchestras. As a recitalist she has performed in more than 30 nations.
Gramophone lauded her "stylish and refined performances," according to an arts center's release, while Le Soir credited her performance for "combining vigor and suppleness with natural eloquence and elegance."
She and husband are artistic co-directors of the Dallas-based Joaquín Achúcarro Foundation, which educates and provides performance opportunities for pianists.
Other concerts in the series include:
Sept. 17: The Brooklyn chamber orchestra, the Knights, at Saugatuck Congregational Church.
Nov. 6: The flute, viola and harp group Janus Trio in the Westport Arts Center Gallery.
Feb. 26: Pianist Janina Fialkowska at the Pequot Library.
Tickets for the opening concert are $25 for adults, $10 for college students and $5 for children 18 and under. Arts center members receive a 10 percent discount.