Two fast-rising young stars will share the stage at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 1, in Lewes when Coastal Concerts hosts violinist Elena Urioste and pianist Michael Brown.
Each of these artists is a highly acclaimed soloist, with Urioste’s performances called stunning and Mr. Brown hailed as a young piano visionary by The New York Times. When these formidable talents play as a duo, the rapport between them is something special.
Currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Urioste, who grew up in Philadelphia, is a first-place laureate in both the junior and senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition. She appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 13, and since then has made debuts with major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, impressing audiences with her tone, lyricism and captivating stage presence. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Urioste is no stranger to the Lewes area, having performed as a teenage student in summer chamber music concerts held in the city a decade ago.
The other half of the duo, pianist Michael Brown, is First Prize Winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. With degrees in both piano and composition from The Juilliard School, he is a winner of that school’s 2012 William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award.
Brown has appeared on four continents in such major venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and, most recently, London’s Wigmore Hall. He is a two-time winner of Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and has worked with such piano luminaries as Mitsuko Uchida, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Pamela Frank, Adam Kent, and Richard Goode.
Leading off the program will be “Four Souvenirs” by American composer Paul Schoenfield, a work that draws on jazz, blues and folk elements. Next will be one of Elgar’s major contributions to chamber music, the "Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 82," to be followed by Britten’s rarely performed "Op. 6 Suite" and a two-part work by Copland comprising a bluesy segment titled “Nocturne” and a wildly contrasting one, “Ukulele Serenade.” Capping the afternoon will be music from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” arranged by legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz.
The 2 p.m. matinee will take place at wheelchair-accessible Bethel United Methodist Church Hall, Fourth and Market streets, Lewes. Tickets are $30. Ages 10-18, along with one adult per youth, are admitted free with advance reservations; call 888-212-6458. Also, at the door only, students 19 and older can purchase discounted tickets for $10 upon presentation of a valid college ID.
For online purchases and more information, visit coastalconcerts.org. Tickets may also be obtained at the door on the afternoon of the performance (all forms of payment) or in advance (cash only) at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and at Lewes Gourmet/Puzzles on Front Street.
Coastal Concerts is a nonprofit organization promoting classical music appreciation in central Delmarva. This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.