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Thurs 12.8 - Ultreia Stage: Jameson Cooper & Ketevan Badridze
This event is presented by Ultreia, free of charge.
Jameson Cooper, first violinist of IU South Bend’s own internationally renowned ensemble, The Euclid Quartet, and pianist Ketevan Badridze, a member of the prodigious Toradze Piano Studio, will perform some of the world’s most exquisite, virtuosic, and passionate music for violin and piano. The duo will be performing also in celebration of and their critically-acclaimed debut album, “Prokofiev: Music for Violin and Piano,” released in September, 2016 on Afinat Records. A CD signing event will be offered following the performance.
Program: SERGEI PROKOFIEV Five Melodies, Op. 35bis CLAUDE DEBUSSY Violin Sonata in G minor CÉSAR FRANCK Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano There will be one 15 minute intermission.
Critical Acclaim for Jameson Cooper & Ketevan Badridze - Prokofiev: Music for Violin & Piano on Afinat Records:
“What a wonder… a superb new Prokofiev CD… Cooper treats the lyrical lines with loving sensitivity and manages tricky feats as if they are natural extensions of his nimble artistry… Badridze is a pianist of bold accomplishment.” – Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone Magazine, UK
“Outstanding playing… Both performers are in great form, with their outstanding techniques allowing them to explore the emotional depths of the dark and intensely personal F Minor sonata in particular. Cooper and Badridze have some top competition in this field – Viktoria Mullova, Alina Ibragimova, Jonathan Crow and James Ehnes – but this is a disc that can more than hold its own.” –The Whole Note Magazine, Canada
“Cooper and Badridze make the music flow with a natural flourish that 75 years ago seemed perhaps next-to-impossible. Cooper sings and Badridze gives the music drive in what are indeed two wonderful readings, among the very best…” – Classical-Modern Music Review, USA