"Natasha Farny and Eliran Avni are two very skilled musicians who are creating something greater with this new partnership. They cast a perfect and dreamy spell... I was absolutely entranced by the sensitivity and poetry of the way they shaped the music -- lovely ideas, with the exacting technique to carry out these musical visions. Even our cynical engineers were touched by the music!"

— Mona Seghatoleslami, WXXI Radio

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Photo By: Isabelle Wroblewski

Photos By: Isabelle Wroblewski

Praised as possessing both “ironclad technique” and “ample suppleness” by The New York Times, Eliran Avni is an emerging force in the contemporary classical music scene. Hailed as “The new hope of Israeli music” by Ma’ariv, he  made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta at age 17. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist and chamber music collaborator throughout Europe, North and South America, as well as in his native Israel, and has played for live broadcasts for the Israeli and German broadcasting systems.

As a soloist, Eliran is known as a preeminent interpreter of the music of composer Avner Dorman.  Solo performance highlights include Dorman’s Azerbaijani Dance with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta at Carnegie Hall, Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the Alabama Symphony, and the Grieg Concerto with the Oakland East Bay Symphony.

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American cellist Natasha Farny has distinguished herself as a musician with significant versatility, sensitivity, and experience.  An accomplished soloist, Ms. Farny has performed with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, as well as several local orchestras throughout the Western New York region. She has taken solo and chamber music tours across Germany, the Czech Republic, and Brazil, and has played at many national venues like the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago and Brooklyn’s Bargemusic “Here and Now” Series. Ms. Farny can be heard on recordings of chamber music with the Centaur label. She will release her solo CD of French cello music in 2019. A vibrant teacher, she has been invited to give master classes at various institutions, including Weimar’s Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Germany, the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Italy, and the Eastman School of Music.

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PROGRAMS

No Words Necessary

Featuring songs without words arranged for cello and piano spanning the ages from baroque to jazz. The audience will choose 10-12 works from a menu and determine both the program items and the order.

 

Menu:

 

  • Schumann - Frauenliebe und Leben 

  • Mendelssohn - Song without Words 

  • Brahms - Meine Liebe ist Grün 

  • Kurt Weill - Speak Low 

  • Mozart - Non so più 

  • Sondheim – The Worst Pies in London 

  • Tchaikovsky - Kuda Kuda 

  • Alma Mahler – Ekstase 

  • Ellington - Sophisticated Lady 

  • Rachmaninoff - Vocalise 

  • Nadia Boulanger - Roses de Juin 

  • Debussy – Romance 

  • Purcell - When I am laid 

  • Ron Yedidya - Lullabye (Bossa Nova) 

  • Chopin – Polonaise Brilliant 

  • Fauré - Mandoline & C'est l'extase 

 

Total: 80 minutes

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Enchanted Fairy Tales

Take a fantastical musical journey with us through different lands and tales.

 

Program: 

 

  • Prokofiev - Andante from Cinderella 

  • Beethoven - "Magic Flute" Variations, WoO 46

  • Martinů - Variations on a Slovak theme 

  • Hindemith - Phantasiestücke, op. 8, no. 2 

  • Cassadó - Dance of the Green Devil 

 

Intermission

 

  • Caroline Mallonée - Crossings 

  • Janáček - Pohádka 

  • Rachmaninoff - Little Red Riding Hood for solo piano 

  • Cui - Orientale 

  • Debussy - Petite Suite 

  • Prokofiev - Cello Sonata, 2nd movement 

 

Total: 80 minutes

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Women’s Voices

Celebrating the amazing talent of female composers from the 19th and 20th centuries, these stunning and brilliant works, coupled with selected readings from their letters, provide insight into their thoughts about music.

Program:

 

  • Louise Farrenc - Allegro Moderato

  • Clara Schumann - Three Romances

  • Lera Auerbach - Preludes nos. 7, 23 & 24

 

Intermission

 

  • Ellen Taaffe Zwilich - Lament 

  • Ethel Smyth - Sonata in A minor, op. 5 

  • Hommage à Nina Simone 

 

Total: 68 minutes

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              La Vie en Rose

An evening of Parisian masterpieces accompanied by readings of French poetry.

 

Program:

 

  • Louise Farrenc - Sonata 

  • Franchomme - Caprice no. 9 for solo cello

  • Ravel - Pièce en forme de Habanera

  • Ravel - Sonata op. posthume 

 

Intermission

 

  • Poulenc - Improvisation for solo piano 

  • Roland Dyens - Filmaginaires: Musique en quête d'image 

  • Debussy - Beau Soir

  • Poulenc - Sonata 

 

Total: 73 minutes

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German Romantics

In addition to the celebrated works, Ekstasis is excited to offer several hidden gems.

 

Program: 

 

  • Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn - Fantasie 

  • Schumann - Frauenliebe und Leben 

  • Kurt Weill - Prologue, The Seven Deadly Sins for solo piano

  • Kurt Weill - Sonata 

 

Intermission

 

  • Bach - Cello Suite No. 1, Prelude and Allemande

  • Hindemith - Phantasiestücke, op. 8, no. 2 

  • Brahms - Sonata in E minor, op. 38 

 

Total: 80 minutes

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Send in the Clowns!

As a subject, clowns are a perfect vehicle for exploring human states of being, such as comedy, tragedy, irony, and even insanity. We will juxtapose music with poetry by Surrealist poets and Shakespeare.

 

Program: 

 

  • Stravinsky - Suite Italienne 

  • Leoncavallo - Canio’s Lament from "Pagliacci"

  • Debussy - Sonata 

 

Intermission

 

  • Stravinsky - Petroushka, Danse Russe, Chez Petroushka for solo piano 

  • Sondheim - Send in the Clowns

  • Milhaud arr. Farny – Scaramouche 

 

Total: 60 minutes

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Rachmaninoff Soirée

Through a reading of Rachmaninoff’s letters, we will explore his anxieties and struggles so as to shine a light on the complexity of the artist’s inner world. In addition, we will present the rarely-played solo cello sonata by Prokofiev.

 

Program: 

 

  • Rachmaninoff - Prelude and Dance Orientale, op. 2 

  • Prokofiev - Sonata for solo cello, op. 134

  • Rachmaninoff - Vocalise

 

Intermission

 

  • Rachmaninoff - Etudes-Tableaux for solo piano

  • Rachmaninoff - Cello Sonata 

 

Total: 70 minutes

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CONTACT US

Please write to us at  EkstasisDuo @ gmail . com

MANAGEMENT | Unbound Artists

 

BOOKING | Greg Kastelman

Greg@unbound-artists.com 

415.501.0446

 

PRESS | Laura Grant 

​Grant Communications

Massachusetts - New York

MAIL: 272 Broadway #8

Methuen, Massachusetts 01844

917.359.7319

212.600.0649

Laura@grant-communications.com

 

 

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