World premier of Chamber Accord brings classical music at its finest

The award-winning pianist Gabrielius Alekna  and cellist Ann Alton will team up for a concert of piano and strings chamber music by their newly formed group Chamber Accord on Sunday (Nov. 16) at 4 pm.

The concert titled "A Romantic Journey from Schubert to Mahler and Beyond" features chamber music for piano and strings.  Alekna  and Alton will perform Chopin's Cello Sonata, and will be joined by Sarasota musicians, Sean O'Neil (violin) and Shawn Snider (viola) for Mahler's rarely heard piano quartet and other works.  

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance online on this page. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the concert. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Alekna will also perform solo pieces by the 20th century Lithuanian composer,  Vytautas Bacevičius.  Cellist Alton remarked, "We performers feast on the lyricism and rich emotion of Romantic era music, but the Bacevičius pieces will cleanse the palate.  It's a rare treat to hear a live performance by one of the key exponents of  Bacevičius music."

Alekna, winner of the second prize at the 2005 International Beethoven Piano Competition, has garnered more than a dozen top prizes in competitions on both sides of the Atlantic.  He appears regularly as soloist with orchestras in the United States and abroad, and  has won critical praise for  his  "sterling virtuosity and  assured but refined pianism."  Daniel Barenboim  has recognized him as  “a highly gifted pianist and musician.” On  Alekna's recent release of Vytautas Bacevičius' complete Mots for the Toccata Classics label, Fanfare commented,  "Gabrielius Alekna gives masterly performances of seriously challenging scores."  

Called "an exquisite performer" by High Performance Review and "an outstanding artist" by Albany Times Union, Alton has appeared as recitalist, orchestra soloist, and chamber musician in major halls throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.  She has won awards from the Woolley Foundation, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Koussevitsky Foundation, and the National Arts Club.  She is principal cellist of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and has recorded on the Albany and Vox labels. Alton has been featured on American and German television.

Alton and Alekna have enjoyed collaborating together in chamber music for over a decade since first meeting at Juilliard where they were teaching.  Alton recently moved to Venice, FL, where she met violinist Sean O'Neill, and violist Shawn Snider.  O'Neill is concertmaster of the Venice Symphony and violinist with the Sarasota Orchestra. Snider is principal violist with the Venice Symphony and a member of the Southwest Florida Orchestra. 

 

 

 

 

 

 For more information, visit uusarasota.org/chamberaccord/ or call 941-371-4974.