Sat. 22 October 2022 – 20:00
Emily Beynon

Project Paloma - deel II

Flute & Piano masterpieces from the Second World War

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: This concert will take place in de Uilenburgersjoel - Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 91

Splendor musician and top flutist Emily Beynon effortlessly moves between her activities as the principal flutist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, her performances as a soloist and chamber musician, her passionate teaching position and her work for the Netherlands Flute Academy which she co-founded in 2009. In her series Project Paloma, she presents a variety of masterpieces from the time of the Second World War in which the flute plays a central role – and she investigates why the flute got so much attention in this period specifically. Today it's time for part 2!

For millennia, composers have used the flute as a musical symbol of purity, innocence, tranquility and peace. So perhaps it is no coincidence that so many flute/piano masterpieces were written in the horrendous years of the Second World War. Could composers – either consciously or subconsciously – perhaps be searching for a musical peace? Over the coming five years, Emily will present five concerts with a selection of WWII flute/piano masterpieces, in collaboration with British pianist Andrew West and various guest speakers. To commemorate the Second World War, lest we forget the horrors and atrocities, and to raise funds and awareness for Musicians without Borders.

Project Paloma, Part 2 - Russia - Prokofiev en Weinberg
Guest speaker for this edition, Nina Targan Mouravi, Georgian by birth, is a visual artist and poetry translator, specializing in bilingual readings of Russian and Georgian poetry. She has published several anthologies, including by Osip Mandelstam and Vera Pavlova. Her translations from Mikhail Lermontov will be published shortly.

Nina will recite Russian poems tonight, by Anna Akhmatova Gorenko, among others.

Andrew West and Emily Beynon have a partnership which spans more than twenty years, performing throughout Europe, at venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Edinburgh International Festival. Andrew has been an Artistic Director of the Nuremberg International Chamber Music Festival since 2005. The festival has promoted a wide range of British music, from Purcell to Adès, and has produced several of Benjamin Britten's operas. Andrew is particularly known for his work with singers. His duo partners include Benjamin Appl, Susan Gritton, Robert Murray, Christopher Purves, Hilary Summers, and Roderick Williams. He appears regularly with the tenor Mark Padmore. Their concerts have included recitals throughout Europe as well as Lincoln Center, New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington DC. He is Chairman and Artistic Director of the Kirckman Concert Society, which for over 50 years has promoted exceptional young musicians by offering them London debut recitals. From January to June 2019 there will be a series of seven Kirckman recitals at St John's Smith Square. Recordings include Lieder by Strauss, Marx and Bruno Walter with Emma Bell for Linn; Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin with Robert Murray, for Stone Records; and most recently a three-volume CD of Parry's English Lyrics, featuring Sarah Fox, James Gilchrist, Susan Gritton and Roderick Williams.

Emily Beynon - flute
Andrew West - piano
Nina Targan Mouravi - speaker

Music by Sergei Prokofiev and Mieczysław Weinberg

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: This concert will take place in de Uilenburgersjoel - Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 91

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