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David Handler, Artistic Director
David Handler, (1980), Title TBD, (2108), (World Premiere)
Thea Musgrave, (1928-), Aurora, (1999), (East Coast premiere)
John Corigliano, (1938- ), The Red Violin: Suite for Violin and Orchestra, (1999),
Tessa Lark, violin
Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, (1840-93), Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48, (1880)
Pezzo in Forma di Sonatina: Andante non Troppo – Allegro moderato
Valse: Moderato – Tempo di Valse
Elegie: Larghetto elegiaco
Finale: (Tema Russo): Andante – Allegro con spirito
Claude Debussy, (1862-1918), Clair de Lune (1890), L. 75, (arr. Lipton)
**The performance of Ensemble LPR has been made possible by a generous grant from the Hess & Helyn Kline Foundation**
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Named after and headquartered at the acclaimed New York City venue (Le) Poisson Rouge, Ensemble LPR is an assemblage of some of New York’s finest musicians. In 2008 LPR changed the classical music landscape, creating a new, accessible environment in which to experience art music, and in doing so expanded classical and new music listenership. Le Poisson Rouge Co-Founder David Handler brings this same ethos to Ensemble LPR, of which he is Founding Artistic and Executive Director.
Ensemble LPR personifies the venue’s commitment to aesthetic diversity and artistic excellence with an eclectic spectrum of music—from works by the finest living composers, to compelling interpretations of the standard repertoire. The group has worked with esteemed classical musicians, conductors, and composers, including Lara St. John, Taka Kigawa, Simone Dinnerstein, Jennifer Koh, Fred Sherry, Ursula Oppens, Daniel Hope, André de Ridder, Christopher Rountree, Max Richter, and Timo Andres, as well as prominent artists from non-classical backgrounds such as Johnny Greenwood (Radiohead), David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Bryce Dessner (The National), Oscar-Nominated composer Mica Levi, John Lurie, and San Fermin.
Ensemble LPR has recorded on Deutsche Grammophon and performed at notable NYC venues including (Le) Poisson Rouge, Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell, BRIC House Ballroom, and House of Yes.
The group will soon celbrate its fifth anniversary season. The New York Times has heralded Le Poisson Rouge as “[a] forward-thinking venue that seeks to showcase disparate musical styles under one roof” and “[the] coolest place to hear contemporary music.” The Los Angeles Times raves, “[The] place isn’t merely cool…the venue is a downright musical marvel.”
Le Poisson Rouge Co-Founder David Handler brings this same ethos to Ensemble LPR, of which he is Founding Executive & Artistic Director.
Ensemble LPR Mission
Ours is a uniquely exhilarating moment for music.
The old hierarchies of taste have been called into question; the old distinctions of genre have been revealed as obsolete.
Never before has such an abundance of musical riches been so widely available to so many listeners — laypersons and experts alike.
And yet, alone among the major art forms, classical music seems resolutely wed to anachronisms of tradition and ritual that first sprang up in the nineteenth century. Indeed, a newcomer to classical music might be forgiven for wondering:
Why, in the year 2018, is the work of classical music so little a part of the larger cultural dialogue?
Why, in a city like New York, is the work of orchestras and composers of so little relevance to the lives of people who follow the arts, and to people who do not?
Why, among its peer art forms, is classical music the least nimble and most conservative in its patterns of thinking?
When did a genre dominated by genius and virtuosi become sclerotic, rigid, unresponsive?
Ensemble LPR is that newcomer.