MB1800 Hells Kitchen presents PHOENIXtail on Thursday, March 21 at 8 pm, and Nina Stern, Daphna Mor & John Hadfield on Thursday, April 4 at 8 pm
MB1800 Hell’s Kitchen presents
PHOENIXtail, baroque quartet
Nina Stern and Daphna Mor, recorders; John Hadfield, frame drum
PHOENIXtail, the new youthful baroque quartet, performs “Mediterranean Cruise,” music from Italy and France by Couperin, Leclair, Corelli, and others. The performers are Beth Wenstrom, director and violin; Priscilla Smith, oboe and recorder; Ezra Seltzer, cello; and Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord. It is the second of three concerts on the MB1800 Hell’s Kitchen series at the DiMenna Center. PHOENIXtail takes its name from the mythical bird which is reborn out of its own ashes, and accordingly, brings out the fantastical side of repertory of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. The musicians of PHOENIXtail were members of the inaugural class of Juilliard’s ground-breaking Historical Performance Program where they played together with Juilliard415.
“Not only could Wenstrom [director and violin] execute the most fearsome runs with breathtaking ease, she could make the most singing tones come out of her violin without ever resorting to anachronistic vibrato.” —Ann Arbor Observer
Daphna Mor and Nina Stern
Nina Stern and Daphna Mor, recorders; and John Hadfield, frame drum, perform “Flauto Doppio,” music from the Middle Ages through the Baroque from a variety of places: Flanders, Italy, Armenia and Spain. The “flauto doppio” of the title refers to the double flute (a folk instrument) which is actually two flutes attached at the top. This is the the last of three MB1800 Hell’s Kitchen concerts. Nina Stern and Daphna Mor have appeared as a duo with many groups: the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Voices of Ascension, and the world music ensemble, Pharaoh’s Daughter. Individually, their careers take them world-wide. Percussionist John Hadfield performs with many ensembles and artists including Yo Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble, Saturday Night Live Band, and Bang on a Can. He is on the faculty at NYU’s Steinhardt School.
“Recorder virtuosos Nina Stern and Daphna Mor brought a spirit from east of the East River, Brooklyn, to music more or less east of the Danube...” —New York Times
"John Hadfield's percussion is so impeccable.” —Time Out New York
DATE & TIME:
PHOENIXtail Thursday, March 21 8 pm
Nina Stern, Daphna Mor & John Hadfield Thursday, April 4 8 pm
The DiMenna Center 450 West 37th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues Manhattan