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Minimum Age:

All Ages

Doors Open:

6:30 PM

Show Time:

7:30 PM


If on a Winter’s Night…
travels through musical landscapes
György Kurtág: Selections from Játékok* Orlando Gibbons: Italian Ground Kurtág: Selections from Játékok* Claude Debussy: Ondine Kurtág: Selections from Játékok*
J.S. Bach: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (transcription)
Kurtág: selections from Játékok*
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Klavierstücke VIII
Kurtág: selections from Játékok*
Marco Stroppa: Ninnananna
Kurtág: selections from Játékok*
Robert Schumann: “Marche des ‘Davidsbündler’ contre les Philistin” from Carnaval
Chai’s If on a Winter’s Night… journeys through the landscape of Western Music, visiting an array of composers with whom she feels a vibrant kinship.  The featured selections, by Bach, Debussy, Gibbons, Schumann, Stockhausen, and Stroppa, are interleaved with miniatures from Kurtág’s playful Játékok (Games), in a structural gesture inspired by Italo Calvino’s intricately raveled novel examining the nature of reality and fiction, If on a winter’s night a traveler.


Ms. Chai explains: “I imagine this concert as a kind of train journey through Western Music, in which Kurtág’s beautiful music brings me to meet with each of these composers, speaking to them in their own musical language and engaging with them as the authentic innovators they were. As I laid out the order of the works, seeking to demonstrate the connections and common language I sense within them, I was inspired by Calvino’s gorgeous novel, If on a winter’s night a traveler, which in turn was inspiration for Marco Stroppa’s Miniature Estrose (from which Ninnananna is taken).


“The Kurtág ‘train’ of selections from his delightful Játékok references my own personal musical education; many of these works were given to me by my dear teacher, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and represent my own discovery of this phenomenal composer and his rich, important body of repertoire.”
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This event will be streamed live online through LPR’s streaming channel, beginning at 7:30pm.


Jenny Q Chai, piano

An adventurous and prodigiously talented young pianist, Jenny Q Chai seeks to create “fairy tales for grown-ups” in her themed and multimedia concert performances. Ms. Chai’s unique programs include standard classical repertoire such as Schumann and Debussy to 20th and 21st century piano works, often by living composers, such as Marco Stroppa and Nils Vigeland, with whom she has close affiliations.
Recently having made her Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall, piano performing artist Jenny Q Chai was praised by the New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini for her “resourceful technique and sensitivity” as well as playing that is “admirable for its refinement and directness.” In addition to Carnegie Hall, Jenny has played at prestigious New York venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, Symphony Space, Spectrum, the Stone and Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Series. Chai has also played at the Performing Arts Center in Beijing as well as Shanghai Concert Hall.
Recipient of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project, and first prize winner of the Keys to the Future Contemporary Solo Piano Festival, Chai was also recipient of the DAAD Arts and Performance award in 2010.
Chai recently received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Manhattan School of Music (advisor, Marilyn Nonken). She has also studied at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, at Curtis Institute of Music with Seymour Lipkin, and has received two degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Solomon Mikowsky, Nils Vigeland, and Anthony de Mare. In Germany, she studied with Pierre- Laurent Aimard, and performed in Ensemble 20/21, directed by David Smeyers, as well as the group Musikfabrik.
Jenny is also founder of FaceArt Music InterNations in Shanghai, and is planning a forthcoming CD of works by composer Nils Vigeland for Naxos Records. She appears on the roster of Ariel Artists.
Jenny Q. Chai Official Site

music of Bach, Gibbons, Schumann, Debussy, Stockhausen, Stroppa, and Kurtág
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