On February 29, 2012 at 7:30pm, Inna serves as artistic director/curator for a Liszt Festival, featuring Faliks on piano along with pianists J.Y. Song and Tanya Gabrielan. The program includes Liszt solo works, transcriptions and four hand/two piano repertoire. Ju-Ying Song‘s numerous awards include Pro Piano Artist of the Year, Pro Musicis International Award, Grand Prize at Palm Beach Invitational Piano Competition, $25,000 Christel Award from American Pianists Association, Sudler Prize for outstanding achievement in the arts from Stanford University, and Petschek Award, Juilliard’s highest honor awarded to a pianist. Hailed by the London Times as “a pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle,” Tanya Gabrielian combines emotional vulnerability with thoughtful artistry, captivating audiences worldwide with her gripping, commanding performances. The concert will be held at Yamaha Artist Services Piano Salon, 689 5th Ave., New York City. 212-339-9995 for more information.
October and November 2011 Appearances in New York and Chicago
On October 21 and 23, Inna will perform a varied program at Chicago’s Music in the Loft including Schubert’s Sonata in a minor opus 143, Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, numbers 10 and 11, Sofia Gubaidulina’s Chaconne, and Beethoven’s Appassionata sonata opus 57. Music in the Loft, founded in 1992, is dedicated to advancing the professional careers of today’s finest young musicians by providing a venue for the performance of chamber music in an intimate and acoustically superior setting. Performances will be held on Friday, October 21 at 8pm and Sunday October 23, at 3pm. Tickets are $25 ($10 for students) are area available at www.musicintheloft.org
And on November 18, Inna’s Music/Words series returns with Ms. Faliks on the piano along with Cecily Parks, poet. Cecily Parks is the author of the poetry collection Field Folly Snow and the chapbook Cold Work. Her poetry, reviews, and essays appear in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Orion, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. The program will include works by CPE Bach, Debussy, Rameau and Beethoven. Pianist Inna Faliks created the series Music/Words in order to foster a chance for poets and musicians to work together and inspire each other, as well as to allow different audiences to come together for these musical-literary events. The concert will be held at Yamaha Artist Services Piano Salon, 689 5th Ave., New York City. Tickets are $20. 212-339-9995 for more information.
Peninsula Music Festival, Door County, Wisconsin, August 18
Pianist Inna Faliks performs the Liszt First Piano Concerto in her Peninsula Music Festival debut, under the baton of Victor Yampolsky. The concert begins with the Liszt symphonic poem Orpheus, previously performed at the PMF in 1995. The program concludes with Berlioz’s orchestra tour de force, Symphonie Fantastique, last heard there in 2003.
Thursday, August 18, 2011 – 8:00 PM – Liszt – Berlioz Fest III
Liszt: Orpheus, S. 98
Liszt: Piano Concerto #1, S. 124, E-flat Major
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14
All Summer Symphony Season concerts are held in the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek, WI. Visit the Peninsula Music Festival web site for more information.
Inna plays Brooklyn’s Bargemusic June 30th
Moored in Brooklyn just under the Brooklyn Bridge, Bargemusic presents great music up to five days a week, every week of the year. Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge into a “wonderfully intimate wood-paneled room with thrilling views of lower Manhattan and excellent acoustics.” Experience why critics call Bargemusic “the perfect chamber-music hall” and why artists say it is “unlike any other place in the world to perform.”
On Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 8PM, Bargemusic presents pianist Inna Faliks in a diverse program featuring works by Schubert, Liszt, the NYC premiere of a new work by Ljova, and more.
- Schubert – Sonata in A minor, D.784, Op.143
- Liszt – Transcendental Etudes No.11 in D flat, “Harmonies du soir”, Transcendental Etudes No.10 in F minor
- Ljova – Sirota (*NYC premiere)
- Chopin – Barcarolle opus 60
- Morton Feldman – Music for Philip Guston
- Sofia Gubaidulina – Chaconne
- Rodion Schedrin – Basso Ostinato
Tickets are $35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student) and are avaialble at www.bargemusic.org
SIROTA by Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin Recorded live at WFMT
Inna recently recorded SIROTA for solo piano and historical recording by Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin, live at the studios of WFMT in Chicago, April 4 2011. The work was commissioned by Inna Faliks and the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies; and dedicated to Inna Faliks & Gershon Sirota.
SIROTA (the title means “Orphan” in Russian, which could be coincidental) is a composition for solo piano that incorporates a recording made by cantor Gershon Sirota in Warsaw in 1908. Often referred to as “The Jewish Caruso”, Gershon Sirota was born in the Ukraine, and served as cantor in Odessa, Vilnius, and in Warsaw, where he perished in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
The piece features a fragmented melody line that is driven by a relentless limping pattern comprised of a falling and rising D-minor chord. After the climax, the pianist’s role becomes that of an accompanist at a synagogue, where Sirota is chanting prayers for Rosh Hashannah (the Jewish New Year).
The World Premiere was performed by Inna Faliks at the Highland Park Community House in Highland Park, IL, on February 27, 2011
Upcoming Spring Performances
Happy Spring! Welcome to my new web site. Please check it out for upcoming performances, projects, music, recordings, etc.
Below are some upcoming concerts, starting with this Monday night at 8 pm Central Time, 98.7 fm WFMT radio in Chicago, or www.wfmt.com to hear me play on Mondays Live! Music will include Schubert, Beethoven and Ljova’s beautiful Sirota for piano and recorded chorus, recently composed for me.
In other live radio upcoming events – Music/Words, my poetry music series, is live on WFMT this month! Tune in to hear great music alongside accomplished and brilliant poets reading from their work. More i
April 13, 3 pm – Schostakovich Quintet with New Millenium Orchestra members, Inna Faliks and Jasmine Lin + Jesse Ball, poet
April 20, 3 pm – Matt Hagle, music of Brahms, Chopin and Debussy, + Regan Good, poet
April 27, 3 pm – Inna Faliks, music of Gubaidulina, Liszt and Chopin, + Sandra Beasley poet
On April 29th, hear fantastic Boston violinist Sharan Leventhal and myself at the Cornelia Street Cafe NYC, corneliastreetcafe.com, joined by award winning poets Susan Miller and LB Thompson
Finally, May 1st bring the Chicago premiere of Music/Words to Pianoforte Chicago – with Mark Levine, poet extraordinaire, and myself at the piano.
More exciting things are to come in the summer, featuring a Bargemusic recital on June 30th with the NYC premiere of Ljova’s Sirota. Stay tuned, and happy spring and summer!
Next Music/Words – April 29 at Cornelia Street Café
On Friday April 29th, 2011, at New York City’s Cornelia Street Café, Music/Words will feature Inna Faliks, piano, Sharan Leventhal, violin; and Susan Miller and LB Thompson, poets. The varied program will include Schubert’s Sonata in a minor opus 143, Concert Piece (1959) by Seymour Shifrin (1926-1979), and Ravel’s Sonata for violin and piano. Cornelia Street Café is located at 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, NYC. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 212-989-9319.
Since winning the Kranischsteiner Musikpreis at the 1984 International Contemporary Music Festival in Darmstadt, Germany, violinist Sharan Leventhal has built an international reputation as a champion of contemporary music. Her more than 100 premieres include works written by Gunther Schuller, Virgil Thomson, William Kraft, Pauline Oliveros, Tania León, and Simon Bainbridge.
LB Thompson’s poetry chapbook Tendered Notes: Poems of Love and Money won the Center for Book Arts’ annual chapbook competition in 2003. Her poems have appeared in Fence, Pool, Lyric, The Women’s Review of Books and The New Yorker. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.F.A. in Poetry from New York University and was a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. Her essay about her long period of illness, “Torpor: Metaphors of Hibernation,” appeared in Prairie Schooner in 2009. Ms. Thompson teaches English to college freshmen, works as a free-lance copyeditor and lives on the North Fork of Long Island. She recently completed a poetry manuscript entitled The Dark Skirt of the Universe, and is at work on a novel and a collection of essays.
Susan L. Miller has published poetry in Iowa Review, Black Warrior Review, Calyx, Commonweal, Meridian, and Sewanee Theological Review, and has poems forthcoming in the anthology Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion, and Spirituality. She has twice won a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize for poetry. She teaches Poetry and Expository Writing as a Russell Teaching Fellow at Rutgers University, where she also helps coordinate and curate an LGBT reading series and a reading series of religious writing. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn.
Called “A delight to hear” and “riveting” by Phil Greenfield of the Baltimore Sun, Inna Faliks (www.innaonline.com) played her debut with the Chicago Symphony at age 15, and performs regularly at major venues in US and abroad. A winner of many international competitions including the 2005 International Pro Musicis Award , Ms. Faliks has recently performed at Carnegie Hall, Paris’s Salle Cortot, Metropolitan Museum, Bargemusic a recital tour of Russia, and in multiple TV and radio broadcasts worldwide. Her CD, Sound of Verse, has been enthusiastically reviewed this year by Gramophone, American Record Guide and other press. Recent festival appearances include Verbier, Taos, and Brevard. She performed the NY and LA premieres of 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg – variations by contemporary composers on Bach’s Aria. Her former teachers include Gil Kalish, Leon Fleisher and Boris Petrushansky.
Weill Hall Pro Musicis Concert
On Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 8:00 PM, in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as part of their 45th Anniversary year, Pro Musicis presents pianist Inna Faliks, winner of the 2005 Pro Musicis International Award.
- Ludwig van Beethoven, Fantasy in G minor, Op. 77
- Franz Schubert, Sonata in A minor, Op. Posth. 143
- Franz Liszt, from Transcendental Etudes, No. 11 & 10
- Sofia Gubaidulina, Chaconne
- Maurice Ravel, Gaspard de la Nuit, Poems for Piano
Tickets $25 (seniors/students $15) at the Box Office or online at www.CarnegieHall.org or CarnegieCharge 212-968-4288
For information, Pro Musicis, 212-787-0993 www.promusicis.org
Three Jewish Composers – Three Centuries in Highland Park, IL
On February 27th at 2pm, Chicago’s Spertus Institute presents Pianist Inna Faliks in a a rare musical exploration of three outstanding Jewish composers. She’ll highlight 19th-century composer Franny Mendelssohn, 20th-century master George Gershwin, and acclaimed contemporary composer Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin, who will join her for a musical dialogue. Ljova’s influences include klezmer, jazz, and classical music, whose styles he blends into something wonderful and new.
Inna Faliks is one of today’s most passionate and poetic young pianists. She performs in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris, and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall. She is curator and founder of the poetry-music series Music/Words.
Ljova was hailed by Billboard Magazine as “one of New York’s fastest-rising composers.” A Moscow native, he moved to New York in 1990. Today he arranges music for Yo Yo Ma, the Kronos Quartet, Jay-Z, and others and composes original music. He also performs as a violist in his own group, Ljova and the Kontraband.
This program takes place at the Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL. Tickets are $18 | $10 for Spertus members | $8 for students.