“Their rock star status...is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience...” That is how The Sarasota Herald Tribune described SYBARITE5, classical music’s most dynamic new music group. Sybarite5 has a special sound by adding the deep sonorous richness of a double bass to the string quartet. SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the US, forever changing the perception of chamber music performance.
Jacob MacKay has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He has participated in the 2014 Palestine Sacred Music Festival, the 2015 Festival International de Musique de Chambre in France and the 2016 Ramallah Orchestra Tour in Israel and Palestine. In 2016, Jacob graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University, receiving highest honors in Music. At Brandeis he was a Leonard Bernstein Music Fellow.
Since 1969, the internationally acclaimed vocal sextet The
Western Wind has devoted itself to the special beauty and variety of a cappella music. The Ensemble’s repertoire reveals its diverse background – from Renaissance motets to Fifties rock ’n’ roll, from medieval carols to Duke Ellington, from complex works by avant-garde composers to the simplest folk melodies. This is their second Impromptu appearance .
The identical twins Peter and Zoltán Katona were born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1968, and began their musical education at the age of ten. As the Katona Twins they’ve put out nine CDs so far, covering a wide spectrum of music ranging from Mozart, Bach, and Scarlatti, to Queen, the Doors, and the Beatles They have deservedly become among the classical guitar world’s musical “must see” performers. They have been called “A symphony for two, Twin Peaks of Classical Music.”
This will be Eroica Trio’s second time to perform at Impromptu. The most sought-after trio in the world, the Grammy®-nominated Eroica Trio thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Whether playing the great standards of the piano trio repertoire or daring contemporary works, the three young women who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify the concert stage with their passionate performances. The New York Times writes, “They play chamber music for the concert hall. There is an edge of the seat intensity to every note they produce.”
Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet; Michael Brown, piano
The New York Times has declared Michael Brown “a young piano visionary,” praising him for ““a magnificent performance” and a “powerful technique and a vivid imagination.” The multi-award-winning Spanish clarinetist José Franch-Ballester is considered one of the best classical soloists and chamber music artists of his generation. This collaboration will feature Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. Written in Key West in 1941, this Sonata is one of Bernstein’s first published pieces of music.