‘Close Encounters with Music’ returns to Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts welcomes back the Close Encounters With Music chamber series for two special concerts in the Virginia G. Piper Theater: “Dvorak Serenade” on Jan. 28 and “Sergei Rachmaninoff: Russian Orientalia” on Feb. 18.

As part of the Close Encounters With Music series, baritone Mischa Bouvier will join pianist Roman Rabinovich, violinist Itamar Zorman and cellist Yehuda Hanani for “Dvorak Serenade” Jan. 28.

As part of the Close Encounters With Music series, baritone Mischa Bouvier will join pianist Roman Rabinovich, violinist Itamar Zorman and cellist Yehuda Hanani for “Dvorak Serenade” Jan. 28.

Tickets start at $19 and are available through www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or 480-499-TKTS (8587).

Close Encounters With Music is an enriching concert experience that brings together sublime chamber music, distinguished performers and insightful commentary.

Internationally renowned cellist and Close Encounters With Music Artistic Director Yehuda Hanani introduces each program from the stage, putting the composers and their times in perspective, before joining his musical guests in a virtuoso performance.

Showcasing the lyrical and melodious music of the famous Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, “Dvorak Serenade” features Hanani with violinist Itamar Zorman, winner of the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition and recipient of the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and pianist Roman Rabinovich, winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.

Cellist Yehuda Hanani performs “Dvorak Serenade” on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Cellist Yehuda Hanani performs “Dvorak Serenade” on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Their program includes one of Dvorak’s greatest and most dazzling chamber pieces – the “Dumky” Trio – along with other instrumental works.

Adding a vocal dimension to Dvorak Serenade, acclaimed baritone Mischa Bouvier sings Dvorak’s rarely heard “Biblical Songs,” “Gypsy Songs” and “Song to the Moon” from his fairy-tale opera “Rusalka.”

For the second Close Encounters With Music concert, “Sergei Rachmaninoff: Russian Orientalia,” virtuoso Russian pianist Vassily Primakov joins Hanani in an exploration of the many facets of Rachmaninoff, who was celebrated as a keyboard innovator, powerful genius and the last truly great figure in the Russian Romantic tradition.

As part of the Close Encounters With Music series, pianist Vassily Primakov and cellist Yehuda Hanani will perform “Sergei Rachmaninoff: Russian Orientalia” on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

As part of the Close Encounters With Music series, pianist Vassily Primakov and cellist Yehuda Hanani will perform “Sergei Rachmaninoff: Russian Orientalia” on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue.

The nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale, Ariz., to manage Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.

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