The Frederick R. Koch Foundation proudly presents the return of the Live from Elm Court video concert series. The series, curated by conductor and pianist Louis Lohraseb, includes five episodes filmed at the Foundation’s Elm Court estate, featuring emerging classical artists giving intimate programs of chamber music and art songs. The episodes will stream for free on The Frederick R. Koch Foundation’s Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo, and Website, premiering the week of 03-28-2022 - 04-01-2022.
The first episode features sopranos Liv Redpath and Erica Petrocelli performing an extensive array of mélodies by Debussy, including a world-premiere of a new transcription of the beautiful but rarely heard “La fille aux cheveux de lin” for voice and piano, including the unpublished second ending that has never been performed, and exists in a manuscript donated to Yale University’s Beinecke Library by Frederick R. Koch. Episode two highlights sister chamber duo violinist Madalyn Parnas and cellist Cicely Parnas playing works by Jocelyn Hagen, Bach, Mark Summer, and Saint-Saëns. In the third episode, the Parnas sisters return with Lohraseb to perform a piano trio and violin sonata by Mozart. Episode four has clarinetist Narek Arutyunian and violist Chieh-Fan Yiu joining Redpath, Petrocelli, and Lohraseb for a program of Mozart, Brahms, and Schubert, including an exquisite performance of Schubert’s “The Shepherd on the Rock”. For the fifth and final episode, Petrocelli returns with Lohraseb and cellist Parnas for a program of mélodies by Debussy and Fauré, culminating in a trio for voice, cello, and piano by Amy Beach.
Of the return to the series, The Frederick R. Koch Foundation Director and Trustee Jamie Saakvitne said: “We are pleased to continue this important series which provided these incredible artists an opportunity to perform during the pandemic. The choice of music has been inspired by Elm Court’s serene architecture, and draws in part from the manuscript collection Frederick R. Koch donated to Yale's Beinecke Library.”
Music director Louis Lohraseb said of the Elm Court Series: “It was so special to return to Elm Court for another filmed series there, and to be able to collaborate with these wonderful performers and friends - including my wife Erica Petrocelli."
Each episode includes a brief interview with the artists, who share some thoughts on their programs. The series was produced by Saakvitne and Carl Halvorson, with video by Joey Moro, and audio by Ian Scot.