Beethoven Concerti at Kaufman Center

Beethoven's piano concerti are a testament to the composer’s enormous creativity and his undisputed

place in the piano repertoire. Like his symphonies and sonatas, the piano concerti not only are the

cornerstones of the classical style, but also forge the way to the Romantic period.

On Thursday, August 13, 2009 7pm at Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th Street NYC) The Piano Passions’

2008/2009 pianists end their concert season with a collaboration with Ensemble du Monde, chamber

orchestra, performing Beethoven’s concerti No. 3 Op. 37, 4 Op. 58 and 5 Op. 73 “Emperor”.

Pianists Richard Dowling, Kimball Gallagher and Beatrice Long are the featured soloists. The orchestra,

Ensemble du Monde, will be lead by its Music Director and Conductor Marlon Daniel.

General Admission: $35. Tickets are available at the Merkin Hall box office and also online at

Ludwig van Beethoven

Concerto No. 3 in C Minor Op. 37 – Richard Dowling

Concerto No. 4 in G Major Op. 58 – Kimball Gallagher

Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major Op. 73 “Emperor” – Beatrice Long


Piano Passions was established in 2005 as a concert series to increase public exposure of exceptional pianists. Exclusively run by the

performers, it delights audiences with four to six concerts a year, featuring solo piano repertoire and a roster of outstanding musicians

from all over the world. The unique series aims to create a bridge between musicians and the community through innovative

programming and artistic diversity.


Ensemble du Monde

Founded in New York City in 2000 this dynamic young chamber orchestra, Ensemble du Monde (Ensemble of the

World), was so named because of its representation of international musicians, currently representing over thirteen countries.

The orchestra performs throughout the New York area, the United States and abroad.

In 2000 the ensemble was selected by Daimler Chrysler and Mercedes Benz to perform at the world première inauguration of

their new MAYBACH Car, an event that received worldwide multimedia press coverage. A Lincoln Center début followed in

2002 and in 2004 the ensemble made its Carnegie Hall début, which included renowned soprano, Deborah Voigt and the

New York City Gay Men's Chorus. Frequent radio broadcast have included Radio Free Europe where selections from the

ensemble's popular 'Baroquen Promises' Series at Tenri Cultural Institute of New York were broadcast internationally. This past

July 2007 the ensemble was featured in a world premiere live performance of the “Save the Goldfish” episode from

Nickelodeon’s EMMY winning show the‘Wonder Pets’ at New York’s Javits Center.

Led by its Music Director and Conductor, Marlon Daniel, the ensemble performs music from the Baroque era to the Avant-

Garde in addition to the standard Classical repertoire. It frequently plays overlooked masterpieces and world premières.

Programs are usually thematic in nature and based on the concept of presenting a variety great music not limited by

cultural, musical or stylistic boundaries. To encompass this vast repertoire the orchestra expands and contracts, which allows

the group maximum "flexibility" to perform as a small chamber group or a full-scale symphony orchestra.

Upcoming performances include a series of orchestral concerts dedicated to French composers from the 19th through the

21st centuries, "Current Concerti" a project that allows talented young composers to exhibit their newly created concertos in

world première performances, concert performances Bizet’s Carmen in Concert with some of the most talented up and

coming stars of the opera world at Allice Tully Hall and a Zankel Hall début in collaboration with Opera Ebony.

The orchestra currently resides at Merkin Hall, Kaufman Center in New York, where it performs a series of innovative concerts

throughout the year.

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