A Message from
Artistic Director Tomasz golka
Dear Friends and Music Lovers,
Welcome to our website! Here you can find information about our concerts, guest artists, tickets, and lots more.
I am very excited to share with you our 2022-2023 Season! As a result of such enthusiastic audience support, we are adding a fifth concert this season!
Our opening concert on October 2 "From Vivaldi to Venuti" features brilliant jazz violinist Hiro Goto with bassist Igor Kogan and pianist Bryan Pezzone. You will not only get to hear great jazz played by these brilliant musicians but also Baroque favorites (like the original version of Pachelbel's Canon & Fugue and Vivaldi's La Folia) with myself and Anna Kostyuchek on violin and the jazz-influenced 2nd Sonata for Violin and Piano by Pullitzer Prize winner William Bolcom.
Next on November 13 begins the three-part series "Sonatas, Partitas y Canciones." Join us as we explore the complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin of Johann Sebastian Bach - the most beloved, monumental, and influential works ever composer for this instrument. Each of the three concerts, which will take place over the next two seasons, will feature a Sonata (modeled after 18th century church sonatas), a Partita (a suite of dances), and two sets of Latin American songs, played and sung by the great Mexican guitarist and vocalist José García ("...an artist with passion and clearly displays the gift of connection with an audience" - @CriticalJazz).
On January 22 join us for "A Brave New World" as we explore some of the mavericks of the chamber music literature. You will hear the stunning 2nd movement "Lyric" of the String Quartet by the highly celebrated George Walker - the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for composition. You will also experience the epic String Quartet, Opus 131 by Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the greatest musical compositions not just by the master but by anyone. Finally, the concert concludes with the "American" Quartet of Antonín Dvořák, a piece written while the composer was living in America and one of the all-time favorites in the entire repertoire. For this concert I am joined by the wonderful instrumentalists YuEun Kim, Sharon Ray, and Evgeny Tonkha.
March 5 brings us the second part of "Sonatas, Partitas y Canciones" in tandem with songs by guitarist/vocalist José García, this time featuring the 2nd Sonata in A minor and the 2nd Partita in D minor, which includes the famous Ciaconna (or Chaconne, as it has incorrectly become known... but you will learn more about that only at the concert!).
Finally, our season wraps up on April 23 with "From Palace to Salon" with the piano quartets (all in the haunting key of G minor) by some of the greatest masters: the beloved one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the fiery one of Johannes Brahms, and the undiscovered gem of one of the most fascinating figures in all of music history Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de St. Georges. The internationally-renowned pianist Robert Thies returns to Village Concerts and is joined by me as well as the superb Steve Huber on viola and the phenomenal Clement Chow on Cello. Don't miss it!
I look forward to seeing you at our concerts, and, if you should feel so inclined, please feel free to hit the DONATE tab above to continue supporting our organization.
Artistic Director, Village Concerts