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Retrospect

16 May - 20:00 h (Local Time)
FreiRaum

Photo: Matthias Leitzke

Lecture concert with the SHARON KAM TRIO
Sharon Kam, clarinet
Ori Kam, viola
Matan Porat, piano
Felix Schmidt, moderator

Soiree on 16 May 2017 at 20:00h in the FreiRaum

When Sharon Kam tells stories with her clarinet, her instrument becomes almost like a human voice. The audience can look forward to pieces ranging from Mozart to Bartók and will learn more about the Israeli musician's life and musical activity from her conversation with classical music curator Felix Schmidt.

THE TRIO
Israeli clarinettist Sharon Kam coaxes sounds from her instrument that at times express joy and vitality, at others melancholy and introspection. Her teacher Chaim Taub drew on song as a model for working on phrasing, Sharon Kam says, and she plays songs by Verdi and Puccini arranged for clarinet on her CD Opera!. At the Autostadt lecture concert, the clarinet takes the place of the alto in two songs by Johannes Brahms. The result is a varied concert performance together with Kam's chamber music partners Ori Kam and Matan Porat. 

THE ARTISTS
More than any other composer, Mozart has been a constant throughout Sharon Kam's career. At the age of 16 she performed Mozart's clarinet concerto as her orchestral debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. On the occasion of Mozart's 250th birthday she performed his clarinet concerto at the Estates Theatre in Prague and was broadcast live on television in 33 countries. Kam has been one of the world's leading clarinettists for the past 20 years. She has played with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other renowned orchestras in Europe, Japan and the US. Now based in Hanover, Sharon Kam is a chamber music enthusiast and has worked with musicians like Tabea Zimmermann, Carolin Widmann and Martin Helmchen as well as the Artemis and Kuss quartets. She is also committed to contemporary music and has performed world premieres of works for clarinet by Krzysztof Penderecki and by Herbert Willi at the Salzburg Festival, and by Iván Eröd and Peter Ruzicka in Donaueschingen.

Among Sharon Kam's close musical and personal associates is her younger brother Ori Kam. He is violist in the Jerusalem Quartet and founded the Israel Chamber Music Society. Not only a committed chamber musician, Ori Kam also performs as a soloist with orchestras like the National Symphony Orchestra in the USA and almost all Israeli orchestras. He was a member of the Berlin Philharmonic from 2004 to 2006 and is professor of viola at the University of Geneva.

Pianist Matan Porat is known for his sophisticated sound dramaturgy with dynamic contrasts within the progression of musical moods. As a composer, his style is more analytical. Porat performs both as a soloist and chamber musician and toured the world with Peter Brook's Magic Flute for solo piano and seven singers. He has composed commissioned works for musicians like Andreas Scholl and Nicolas Altstaedt and for the Academy of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.


PROGRAM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Trio in E-flat major for piano, clarinet and viola, KV 498 "Kegelstatt Trio"

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales). Four pieces for clarinet, viola and piano, op. 132

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Two songs for alto, viola and piano, op. 91
"Gestillte Sehnsucht"
"Geistliches Wiegenlied"

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Moments Musicaux for piano, D 780, nos. 1–3

Béla Bartók (1881–1945)

Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano