Salomon Series - April 22, 2018

2:00pm at Town Hall


Ives Sonatas


Stefan Jackiw and Jeremy Denk are recognized as two of today’s most significant chamber music artists, captivating audiences with playing that combines purity of expression with impeccable technique. Having performed together for the better part of a decade, they have developed such a natural rapport that one reviewer speculated that “the legendary 19th-century recitals of violinist Joseph Joachim and pianist Clara Schumann couldn’t have sounded better than Jackiw and Denk” (Seattle Times). But leave it to the ever-candid Denk to define his recital partner best: “Stefan’s a rare combo: super-smart, perhaps even analytical, but not remotely cold or cynical. He helps you to remember that classical music is not just erudite crap for snobs and nerds–it’s supposed to take your exhausted, stultified synapses and give them a thrill they won’t soon forget.”

Hudson Shad, spawned at Arts at St.Ann's, Brooklyn, in 1992, returns to NYC to join pianist Jeremy Denk and violinist Stefan Jackiw for Ives' Four Violin Sonatas as part of the Peoples' Symphony Concerts. Hudson Shad has likely racked up more performances as The Family in Kurt Weill's "Seven Deadly Sins" than any other group in history. They have performed in over 50 different locations, from Arezzo to Zagreb, numbering over 100 performances worldwide. In NYC, they've performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, BAM, Arts at St.Anns, Joe's Pub and Irving Plaza with NYPhil (twice), Brooklyn Phil (four times), Toyota Comedy Festival, Riverside Symphony and They Might Be Giants. Hudson Shad performed previously at Town Hall with Garrison Keillor and Prairie Home Companion. Members of Hudson Shad in this performance are: Mark Bleeke, tenor; Eric Edlund, baritone; Peter Becker, bass/baritone; and Wilbur Pauley, bass.