92NY Presents “Voice and the Violin” Joshua Bell & Larisa Martinez, soprano October 20, 2022
Leading NYC cultural institution welcomes audiences to a live, in-person opener for their 22/23 season
The 92nd Street Y, New York (92NY), one of New York’s leading cultural venues, presents:
“Voice and the Violin”: Joshua Bell and Larisa Martinez
on October 20, 2022 at 7:30pm ET at the Kaufmann Concert Hall.
Joshua Bell, Larisa Martinez, and Peter Dugan open the season with an array of arias, solos, and duets specially arranged for them.
The concert will also be available for viewing online for 72 hours from time of broadcast.
Tickets for both the in-person and livestream options start at $25 and are available at 92ny.org/event/joshua-bell-and-larisa-martinez.
Mendelssohn, “Ah, ritorna, età dell’oro” from Infelice
Bloch, “Nigun” from Baal Shem
Massenet, “Je suis encore tout étourdie” from Manon
Hérold, “Jours de mon enfance” from Le pré aux clercs
Chopin, Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2 (arr. Bell/Wallace)
Delibes, “Les Filles des Cadix”
Rachmaninoff, “O Cease Thy Singing, Maiden Fair”
Wienawski, Scherzo-Tarantelle, Op. 16
Narciso Figueroa, “Mi Rancho”
Bernstein, West Side Story Suite (Arr. Brohn/czarnecki)
“Our concept for the Voice and the Violin program began during the pandemic, while we were quarantined and finding new ways to collaborate and enjoy music together.
Although finding repertoire written specifically for violin and voice can be a challenge, we discovered and fell in love with these gems featured in tonight’s performance.
An example of this comes from one of Mendelssohn’s lesser-known works, “Ah, ritorna, età dell’oro” from Infelice.
It was wonderful to explore a work by one of our favorite composers that was originally written for this unique instrumentation.
Another happy discovery was Hérold’s “Jours de mon enfance” from the opera Le pré aux clercs. This piece features exciting dialogue moments between the voice and the violin, making it especially fun for us to perform this piece together.
Larisa is especially proud to showcase the song ‘Mi Rancho’ by Puerto Rican composer Narciso Figueroa, and lyrics by Luis Lloréns Torres, as a little gem from her homeland. Closing the performance is a medley based on Bernstein’s beloved West Side Story suite, arranged by our friend Charles Czarnecki. Based on an earlier violin and orchestra arrangement of the suite, this piece now sparkles in a new light.
We are so happy to see this project come to fruition and are thrilled to be performing it with our friend Peter Dugan.” – Joshua Bell and Larisa Martínez