Quattro Mani will be performing the New York premiere of Paul Lansky’s Shapeshifters with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Justin Brown, conductor
As part of the 2012 Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hall, Quattro Mani will be
performing the New York premiere of Paul Lansky’s Shapeshifters with the Alabama
Symphony Orchestra and Justin Brown, conductor, on May 10, 2012. Shapeshifters was
written for Quattro Mani, who premiered the work in 2008 with the ASO and recorded it
in 2011. Bridge Records will release the disc in Spring 2012. Spring for Music, an innovative festival of
North American symphony and chamber orchestras, was described by James Oestreich in the New
York Times as a festival “based on the gospel of inventive programming and calculated risk taking . . .
a most welcome addition.” For this year’s festival, six orchestras representing the best in distinctive
musical programming and creativity will perform on consecutive evenings over a one week period.
They are the Houston, Edmonton, New Jersey, Alabama, Milwaukee, and Nashville Symphonies.
Also included on the ASO’s program are the New York premiere of Avner Dorman’s Astrology and
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
Quattro Mani, formed in 1989, has gained international recognition with performances in Spain,
Austria, Korea, and many cities in the United States. The duo made their New York debut in January
2001 in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall to a sold-out house. Their special interest in twentieth and
twenty-first century repertoire has led to collaborations with such composers as George Crumb, Joan
Tower, and Frederic Rzewski and to participation in contemporary music festivals throughout the
USA and Europe. Quattro Mani has been featured on a number of critically acclaimed discs: Complete
Crumb Edition, Vol. 4 was nominated as “Best Chamber Music CD of the Year” by the International
Critics Committee of the Cannes Classic Awards. Complete Crumb Edition, Vol. 8 was chosen as one of
the top 10 CDs by Amazon.com. One of their most recent discs is Concertos for Two Pianos, which
includes works by Poulenc, Bartok, and Milhaud. American Record Guide says of this recording,
“Susan Grace and Alice Rybak are as ebullient as they are versatile.” International Record Review states,
“. . . the playing is first-class throughout; immaculate in technical terms and unfailingly musical . . .”
New releases in 2008 from Bridge Records included Kindred Spirits, a CD of music written expressly
for the duo, which American Record Guide distinguished as “. . . another enjoyable release from Quattro
Mani. . . .”
Susan Grace is Artist-in-Residence, Lecturer in Music, and Associate Chair of the music department at Colorado College and Music Director of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. Alice Rybak is
Lecturer in Music and Chair of the piano department at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of
Music. Quattro Mani is on the International Roster of Steinway Artists.
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