A Glimpse into the Crescendo Circle Performance Featuring Jonathan Biss & Midori
December 19, 2023
On October 31st, 2023, Midori and Jonathan Biss delivered a captivating performance to an audience of Crescendo Circle members at Steinway Hall, enchanting everyone present with their artistry. This impactful afternoon was an opportunity for Crescendo Circle members to engage with the highest caliber of classical talent and support Midori & Friends’ efforts to bring comprehensive music programs to under-resourced schools, unlocking a world of opportunities for young minds. Howard Sendrovitz, Midori & Friends Board President, introduced the performance with a beautiful message encapsulating what the concert series is all about, “The Crescendo Series is an embodiment of our commitment to enriching lives through the transformative power of music.”
The Breathtaking Program
Crescendo Circle members were enraptured by an hour-long musical dialogue featuring a captivating collaboration between Midori and Jonathan Biss. The internationally acclaimed artists commenced the concert with Mozart’s Sonata for Piano and Violin, KV 303, setting the stage for the awe-inspiring sounds that followed.
Taking the solo spotlight, Jonathan Biss masterfully performed Franz Schubert’s Impromptu in F minor, D. 935 no. 1, and in B-flat Major, D. 935 no. 3. Biss generously shared his profound connection to the piece, expressing, “Schubert’s music accomplishes something unique. He has a way of conveying the essence of solitude and loneliness. It’s expressed so beautifully. I feel like he puts you in touch with a vulnerable part of yourself that doesn’t always find expression, and I admire him greatly for that.”
The grand finale of the program was Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, a duet that showcased the power of the artists’ interpretation and technique. Post-concert, Biss reflected on the profound collaboration with Midori throughout their careers, stating, “We really understand each other musically and also as people. I think the way we view the world, the things we consider to be important, again both artistically and as a member of society, we have been aligned on those things.” This connection was unmistakably conveyed through the harmonious sounds, physicality, and energy emanating from the two artists at Steinway Hall.
Member Reviews & Reception
“What a perfect afternoon! Thank you! It was so wonderful!” – Paige Cameron, Crescendo Circle Member
“Short program. Exquisite playing. Rapturous.” – Nancy Solomon, Crescendo Circle Member
The artists joined the Crescendo Circle members for a reception following the performance. This was a wonderful opportunity for members to deepen their connection with Midori & Friends and engage with other members of the community. Toasts and cheers to wrap up a truly epic event!
Become a member today!
Do not miss the next concert in the Crescendo Circle Performance Series! The next concert will feature world renowned pianist Yefim Bonfman at a private loft in Tribeca on January 4th, 2024. Celebrate the New Year by becoming a member of the Crescendo Circle! Joining the Crescendo Circle is an extraordinary opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of students in New York City schools through the transformative power of music. Please join a community of philanthropists committed to fostering creativity, self-expression, and academic success through music education. Your contribution will directly support Midori & Friends’ efforts to bring comprehensive music programs to under-resourced schools, unlocking a world of opportunities for young minds.