After the busy holiday season, January is a wonderful time to relax and enjoy the Westport Arts Center’s winter Chamber and Jazz concerts.
For Chamber music enthusiasts, the Horszowski Trio will perform at the Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) on Sunday, January 15 at 3 p.m. The members of the Horszowski Trio are considered to be up-and-coming “rock stars” in the chamber music world.
Hailed by The New Yorker as “destined for great things,” the Horszowski Trio – Jesse Mills, Raman Ramakrishnan, and Rieko Aizawa – will play a stellar program of Beethoven’s Trio in E-flat major, Op. 70, No. 2, Joan Tower’s For Daniel (2004), and Dvořák’s Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky.”
Of the Trio, Westport Arts Center Chamber Music Co-Curator, Alexander Platt, explained, “The genre of the piano trio — violin, cello, and piano — is a unique treasure in classical music: a form which demands that three great artists play together, but simultaneously as soloists. The Horszowski Trio, with whom I’ve been developing a relationship over several years, is the finest of the younger American ensembles who’ve devoted themselves to this very special calling.”
After the concert, attendees will have the opportunity to attend a casual reception and meet the Trio and Chamber Co-Curator.
For Jazz fans, the Westport Arts Center will present the music of The Saxtet led by Darren Litzie on Thursday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m. The Saxtet has developed into one of the Northeast’s most exciting eight-piece jazz ensembles.
The Arts Center will be transformed into a one-night-only jazz lounge complete with high top tables and complimentary wine and appetizers as the Saxtet presents a tribute to jazz legends Benny Goodman and Stan Getz. They will perform their own arrangements of songs such as “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Flyin’ Home,” and “The Girl from Ipanema.”
The Thursday night Jazz Lounge has become a popular addition to the Westport Arts Center’s Jazz line-up in 2016. Attendees will also have an opportunity to get a sneak peak at the Arts Center’s upcoming exhibition opening January 27, featuring unique portraits of community members, government officials, students, and artists.
Curator for the Westport Arts Center’s Jazz program, Brian Torff stated, “The talented pianist Darren Litzie has assembled a unique and versatile jazz ensemble. The Jewish contribution to American jazz has been considerable, and this concert will pay tribute to two legends – swing clarinetist Benny Goodman and the cool tenor saxophonist Stan Getz. They are both major voices of the Jewish-American jazz experience.”
Tickets for both music events can be purchased at www.westportartscenter.org or by calling the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070. Tickers are $30 for non-members, $25 for members and $10 for students. A limited number of discounted Senior tickets will be available for presale at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport. Corporate sponsorship and group ticket opportunities are also available.
The Westport Arts Center thanks WPKN and WSHU for their support.
Two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills first performed with Raman Ramakrishnan, founding cellist of the prize-winning Daedalus Quartet, at the Kinhaven Music School over twenty years ago, when they were children. In New York City, they met pianist Rieko Aizawa, who, upon being discovered by the late violinist and conductor Alexander Schneider, had made her U.S. debuts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Their musical bonds were strengthened at various schools and festivals around the world, including the Juilliard School and the Marlboro Festival. Ms. Aizawa was the last pupil of the legendary pianist, Mieczysław Horszowski (1892-1993), at the Curtis Institute.
The Trio takes inspiration from Horszowski’s musicianship, integrity, and humanity. Like Horszowski, the Trio presents repertoire spanning the traditional and the contemporary. In addition, they seek to perform works from the trove of composers with whom Horszowski had personal contact, such as Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Martinu, Villa-Lobos, and Granados.
The Horszowski Trio’s busy schedule last season included the Bard Music Festival, Caramoor, Princeton Summer Chamber Concerts, Southern Oregon University Chamber Music Concerts, Friends of Chamber Music of Stockton, Music at Kohl Mansion, and the University at Buffalo. Current season highlights include the Chamber Music Society of Philadelphia, Dumbarton Oaks, the Kravis Center, University of Richmond, UCLA, the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, and the New School Concerts in New York.
Darren Litzie and the Saxtet
Pianist/Composer Darren Litzie has been performing throughout the tri-state area in a wide variety of settings for over ten years. Holding a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance Degree from Western Connecticut State University, Darren has studied with Peter Tomlinson, Dr. Rex Cadwallader, Jim McNeely, Mike Holober, Jimmy Greene, and Jamie Begian. He has performed with such artists as Dave Scott, Andrew Beals, Chris Morrison, Thierry Arpino, Dave Livolsi, Nick Biello, Harvie S, and Phil Palombi. Darren has also been the touring keyboardist for singer Andrew Strong of the band/1991 film The Commitments. Stops on the tours have included The Regatta Bar in Boston, B.B. King Blues Club in New York City, and Anthology in San Diego.
The Saxtet was formed in 2012 by a group of friends who first met while studying music together at Western Connecticut State University. Inspired by the Grammy-winning eight-piece jazz ensemble Supersax, the goal of The Saxtet is to hold true to the large jazz ensemble tradition of swing but also move it forward by performing fresh, bold arrangements that have an eye firmly pointed toward the future.
About the Westport Arts Center
The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber and Jazz music.
The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; AB Bernstein; the Brant Foundation; CBP; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Connecticut Cigar Company; Connecticut Office of the Arts; Delamar Southport; Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., DanceSport; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP; Fleishers Craft Butchery; 4th Row Films; GWAY Marketing Gymnasium; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover Milford; Lillian August; the Mitchell’s Family of Stores; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Random Acts; Rosenkranz Foundation; Saugatuck Wine & Grape; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Stamford Tent; Sun Hill Foundation; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Vespa Restaurant; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Family Counseling; Westport Now; William J. Rosenbloom Charitable Trust; Xerox Foundation; WPKN; and WSHU Public Radio Group.
For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 or www.westportartscenter.org. The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.