Sasha Cooke and Jason Vieaux will perform as a duo to conclude the 17-18 International Series for CCGS, presented in collaboration with the Cleveland Chamber Music Society.
Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has been called “equal parts poise, radiance and elegant directness” (Opera News). Sought after by the world’s leading orchestras, opera companies, and chamber music ensembles for her versatile repertoire and commitment to new music. Ms. Cooke has worked with orchestras around the world including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Hong Kong, Leipzig, and more.
Jason Vieaux is the winner of the 2015 Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, the 6th guitarist to win this category. His performances include concertos with over 50 orchestras; chamber music with the Escher SQ, and flutist Gary Schocker. He served as Artistic Ambassador to Southeast Asia, concertizing throughout the region. Mr. Vieaux is head of the Guitar Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
The duo will perform Spanish and American works. Together, they will perform de Falla’s Siete canciones populares españolas; selections from Granados’ 12 Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, H.13 (“El tra-la-là y el punteado,” “El mirar de la maja,” “El majo discrete”); selections from Copland’s Old American Songs (“Simple Gifts,” “The Little Horses,” “At the River,” “Ching-A-Ring Chaw”); and three songs by Bernstein including “Who am I” from Peter Pan, “Somewhere” from West Side Story, and “Conga” from Wonderful Town.
Vieaux will also perform solo guitar works, including Albéniz’ Rumores De la Caleta and Torre Bermeja; Tárrega’s Capricho Arabe; and Metheny’s Always and Forever.
...perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.NPR