Pianist Javor Bracic
The Art of Listening
Friday, April 10th
7pm: Cocktails | 8pm: Performance
GA: $40 in Advance | GA: $45 Day Of | GA: Series Tickets – $175
Series Tickets Includes all five Chamber Concerts!
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Pianist Javor Bracic – Art of Listening
Have you ever wondered what makes classical music so beautiful and poignant?
Did you ever get the feeling that you didn’t understand music enough to fully enjoy a concert?
The Art of Listening is perfect for you!
The Art of Listening is an interactive tour through the essential works, concepts, and characters of classical music. Mingling live performance and collaborative inquiry, each session of this unique conversation-concert takes the audience on a deep dive into the rich inner world of a chosen masterwork.
After a “cold opening” performance of the work by award-winning pianist Javor Bracic (and guests), audience members are invited to jump in with in-the-moment thoughts and impressions. Building on the audience’s insights, Bracic skillfully facilitates a discovery of the work’s emotional narrative and its underlying theoretical concepts, illuminating the poetry, nuance, and daring innovation that give the composition its power.
A discussion of historical, cultural, and biographical context offers further dimension, and poses questions about how and why the piece might still be relevant to our lives today. After the discussion, the piece is performed a final time in order to allow the audience to listen and experience it in an entirely new way.
The Croatian pianist Javor Bračić was hailed by New York Concert Review for “deep, genuine musicianship and an outstanding technique” at his solo Carnegie Hall debut recital presented by New York Concert Artists. His CD album Tribute to Haydn was released by Labor Records, and his performance was broadcast on WQXR in the McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase. He was the first prize winner of international piano competitions Luigia Stramesi and Citta’ di Minerbio in Italy, Les Rencontres des Jeunes Pianistes in Belgium, Zlatko Grgošević in Croatia, and New York Concert Artists’ Carnegie Recital Debut Audition.
Mr. Bračić has started a series of conversation-recitals under the title The Art of Listening in order to promote the understanding and appreciation of classical music. He has given over thirty such recitals and was praised by the audience for his “contagious enthusiasm” and “unique ability to elucidate imagery both as a performer and teacher.”
Mr. Bračić was born in Zagreb, Croatia, where he took lessons from Jelica Kuzmin at the Pavao Markovac Music School. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the University of Mozarteum Salzburg, in the class of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. He received another Master’s Degree and a Professional Studies Diploma under full scholarship at Mannes College The New School for Music in New York as a student of Pavlina Dokovska. He was awarded the Graduate Center Fellowship to pursue a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the City University of New York, in the class of Ursula Oppens, Richard Goode, and Norman Carey. His approach to music was also influenced by the teaching of Alexander Mullenbach, Jerome Lowenthal, Thomas Riebl, Irena Grafenauer, Cordelia Höfer-Teutsch, Mark Shapiro, Marc Ponthus, Carl Schachter, Raymond Erickson, and members of the Hagen Quartet, the Orion Quartet, and the Takacs Quartet.
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