Extraordinary Imaginations

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center brings a fun and bold program exploring the early 20th century and its era of tireless innovation.

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From left to white: black and white images of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Reynaldo Hahn, Eugene Ysaye, and Ernest Bloch.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Apex Concerts is proud to partner with the nation’s premier chamber music organization — the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center — for a fun and bold program exploring the transformational time of the early 20th century, an era of tireless innovation and limitless imagination. Whether it is Samuel Coleridge-Taylor diving into both his Sierra Leonean heritage and his use of African-inspired themes or the Venezuelan composer Reynaldo Hahn adopting the drama of the latest Parisian fashion of the 1920s and the language of his adoptive France. Witness the Belgian composer and virtuosic violinist Eugene Ysaÿe reflecting on the playing style of the Romanian violin prodigy George Enescu.

The evening culminates with the magnificent Piano Quintet by the Swiss-American Ernest Bloch, whose compositions are often described as reflective of his Jewish heritage, with highly dramatic scores influenced by philosophical, poetic, and religious themes.

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: African Dances for Violin and Piano
  • Reynaldo Hahn: Quintet in F-sharp minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello
  • Eugène Ysaÿe: Sonata for Solo Violin “Ballade” Op. 27 no. 3
  • Ernest Bloch: Quintet No. 1 for Piano, Two Violins, Viola and Cello