Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, Musical America’s 2012 Artists of the Year, will co-present The Singing Cello with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic in the Ent Center’s Chapman Foundations Recital Hall on March 19. The Artist Series brings the best of internationally acclaimed and emerging performers to the Pikes Peak Region, and is proud to include this engaging program as part of its first season. As a musical instrument in and of itself, the human voice melds smoothly with the expressive vibratos and fluid tonalities of stringed instruments. The Singing Cello aims to explore the complexities of this cross-fertilization with four works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Grieg, illuminating the interrelationship between instrumentality and vocality.
The husband-and-wife duo expand on their inspiration:
“Among all of the musical instruments, the cello is closest to matching the timbre of the human voice. When selecting repertoire for a cello program with this in mind, we began with Beethoven’s elegant variations on a Handel opera which contains an early, spectacular cantabile moment for the cello, followed by Mendelssohn’s second, mature cello sonata, a tour-de-force for a virtuosic pianist and romantically-inclined cellist. Mendelssohn’s ‘Song Without Words’ follows, a touching instrumental version of this popular form, and the program concludes with Grieg’s hyper-romantic sonata that expresses the spirit of his beloved Norway.”
David Finckel and Wu Han have played at the many of the world’s most prestigious venues. They demonstrate an enviable versatility with their comprehensive repertoires, which include new works from today’s most talented composers. As some of the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today, David Finckel and Wu Han’s talent, energy, imagination, and dedication saturates their careers as concert performers, recording artists, educators, artistic administrators, and cultural entrepreneurs. This performance will be one to remember, so get your tickets today.