Schoenberg, Toch, and Webern at NYU this Friday

Anton Webern and Arnold Schoenberg in the late 1920s.

You are invited to traipse down to NYU’s Black Box Theater at 82 Washington Square East this Friday night, December 1, for a free 8.00pm concert of music by Arnold Schoenberg, Ernst Toch, and Anton Webern, performed by my lovely wife Marilyn Nonken and friends. Those esteemed friends are violinist Rolf Schulte and cellist Coleman Itzkoff, and they’ll be presenting the following program:

Webern: Vier Stücke, Op. 7

Webern: Drei Kleine Stücke, Op. 11

Toch: Divertimento, Op. 37, No. 1

Schoenberg: Drei Klavierstücke, Op. 11

Schoenberg (arr. Steuermann): Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Here are a few bios of the participating parties:

Upon performing Schoenberg’s piano music, Marilyn Nonken was recognized as “a determined protector of important music” (New York Times). A Steinway Artist and Associate Professor at New York University, she studied with Leonard Stein, Schoenberg’s longtime assistant.

Fresh from his success at the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna, violinist Rolf Schulte is an expert in the music of the New Viennese School. He has recorded most of Schoenberg’s chamber works, the Violin Concerto, and Phantasy, as well as music of Anton Webern.

Cellist Coleman Itzkoff, Artist-in-Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today, has performed as soloist nationwide, recently giving his Walt Disney Concert Hall concerto debut. He performs regularly at the Aspen Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Music@Menlo, and Bargemusic.

It’s a lovely evening in an appropriately intimate space for this early-20th-century program of chamber music, and a good way to shake off the winter cold. I hope you’ll be there.

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