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The Garden Project with Michael Brown, Alexander Fiterstein, Nicholas Canellakis, and Elena Urioste

The Garden Project with Michael Brown, Alexander Fiterstein, Nicholas Canellakis, and Elena Urioste
Classical Series

Date & Price

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 8:00 pm


Reserved Seating: $28

Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $24*

Ticket price includes all-day Gardens Admission

Tickets limited. Sell out likely. 

Michael Brown, pianist-composer
Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
Nicholas Canellakis, cello
Elena Urioste, violin

Four internationally-recognized musicians join forces to premiere Michael Brown's Garden Quartet, a new work for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. Commissioned by Wave Hill where it will premiere, the project has been generously funded by Chloe Kramer, in memory of her husband Alan Kramer. This piece is written by Michael Brown and inspired by the Desert Botanical Garden, Wave Hill, and Longwood Gardens. Each movement of the work is written specifically to reflect the individual nature and characteristics of each of these gardens. The quartet of musicians also teams up in different combinations to perform music by Debussy, Fauré, Messiaen, and Klezmer-inspired arrangements. 

Listen to the Brown–Urioste–Canellakis Trio

More about the Brown–Urioste–Canellakis Trio

Pianist Michael Brown, violinist Elena Urioste, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis have established themselves as three of the most sought-after young virtuosos on the classical music scene today. Winners, individually, of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, BBC New Generation Artist Scheme, Sphinx and Concert Artists Guild competitions, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center auditions, they have performed in prestigious venues across the United States and Europe, including Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, and London's Wigmore and Royal Festival Halls.

Engagements for the Brown—Urioste—Canellakis (BUC) Trio in 2016-17 included a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and recitals at Lincoln Center’s Merkin Hall in New York City; ArtPower! in San Diego; the Norton Building Concert Series in Chicago; Corning Civic Music, NY; Danbury Concerts, CT; and Los Alamos Concerts, NM. Michael Brown, also a noted composer, was commissioned by the Norton Building Concert Series to write a new work for the trio, which premiered during the same series in November 2016.

Recent season highlights have included a Vancouver Recital Society debut, as well as a Midwestern tour with performances at the Ravinia Festival, Illinois State University, Eureka College, and Chicago’s classical music radio station WFMT, in addition to a solo appearance with the Heartland Festival Orchestra.

In addition to being extremely like-minded about their approaches to music, repertoire preferences, and rehearsal dynamics, the three friends also enjoy cooking together, eliciting guttural laughs from each other, and going in search for the perfect pour-over cup of coffee during their travels.

Joining the trio is clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, who is considered one of today’s most exceptional artists. Fiterstein has performed in recital, with distinguished orchestras, and with chamber music ensembles throughout the world. He won first prize at the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition and received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant Award. As a Juilliard graduate, he won first prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and received awards from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. He is currently Professor of Clarinet and Chair of Winds at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Find out more on their websites: Michael Brown, Alexander FitersteinElena Urioste, and Nicholas Canellakis.

*Gardens Preferred & Gardens Premium Member Discount 
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive up to 15% off 2017–2018 Performance Series tickets and receive access to the Member Pre-sale. If you are eligible, your discount code was provided to you via e-mail. Use the discount code to unlock your Membership pricing. 

Coffee Reception

Enjoy a complimentary coffee reception with the artists after this performance.