Friends of Freiburg Concerts at the Liederkranz

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We are excited to announce our new concert series: Friends of Freiburg Concerts at the Liederkranz

Thursday, February 23 6:00-9:30pm
The Liederkranz Club, 6 East 87th Street, New York, NY 10128
Doors open at 6:00pm
Concert begins: 6:30pm
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Admission: Suggested donation of $35 per person
Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

On Thursday, February 23 we will present the inaugural concert with an evening of chamber music by Johann Sebastian Bach.

An evening of music & conversation on Johann Sebastian Bach with special guests Alexander Polzin and Michael Fennelly, moderated by Sarah Stephens.

We are delighted to have two very accomplished artists as our guests. World renowned Berlin-based sculptor & painter Alexander Polzin and New York-based acclaimed conductor and pianist Michael Fennelly will join us in a conversation and performance moderated by Freiburg alumna, Friends of Freiburg board member and opera manager Sarah Stephens.

The enduring qualities of Bach’s music and its influence on contemporary art, music and performances will be explored and discussed, and accompanied by performances of an extraordinary chamber music orchestra.

Please join us to launch this exciting new concert series with these exceptional artists!

About the Artists:

Alexander Polzin, born in East Berlin in 1973, originally trained as a stonemason. He enjoys an international career as a sculptor, painter, stage designer and opera director. In addition, he has developed unique collaborations with writers, composers, musicians, choreographers and scholars from around the world. Highlights include solo exhibitions at the Vatican Museums, Rome; the Salzburger Festpiele, Salzburg; the Getty Center, Los Angeles; the Galerie Kornfield, Berlin; the San Francisco International Arts Festival; and the Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin. His musical and stage collaborations have involved the 92nd Street Y New York; the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf; Teatro de Communale, Bologna; Staatsoper Berlin; Teatro Real, Madrid; the Easter Festival, Salzburg; the Grand Théâtre de Genève; and La Monnaie Opera Brussels.

Praised as a pianist with “flair and energy” (The New York Times), Bösendorfer artist Dr. Michael Fennelly gained international attention upon his completion of George Gershwin’s unfinished setting of Rhapsody in Blue for piano, orchestra, and symphonic chorus, which he performs later this season with the National Chorale in Lincoln Center and for which he received a knighthood in Spain.  Michael has toured extensively on all seven continents, from Andorra and Antarctica to Zimbabwe and Xinjiang. Dr. Fennelly represented the US State Department in a tour of Japan, made his solo piano debut in Carnegie Hall, was the US winner of the Horowitz Competition in Kiev, and is Music Director of the Athena Music Foundation.

Sarah Stephens is the Co-founder & President of Stephens Nicolson Artists Management, an international agency for opera based in New York and Berlin. She studied German Literature at the University of Freiburg, the University of Vermont and received her BA and MA from the University of Minnesota. Sarah began her first opera management agency in 1994 in Bremen, Germany. In 2008, she moved to NYC to expand her work and founded the current agency. Her management agency represents opera singers, conductors, stage directors worldwide. Sarah is Co-founder and on the Executive Board of OMAI – Opera Managers Association International. Recently, she was appointed by the Minnesota State Arts Board as an Artist Evaluator and Panelist. As a member of the Friends of Freiburg University Board of Directors, she has moderated many panels and given opera introductions.

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