Lyrical Masters: Mozart and Schubert

February 2, 2017 | 7:30pm 

On Thursday, February 2, 2017, at 7:30 pm, at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, Friends of Mozart is pleased to present a program that contrasts the music of Mozart and Franz Schubert through works of exceptional expressive power and and lyrical inspiration.  Pianist Efi Hackmey opens the evening with the Impromptu in G-flat major, Op. 90, No. 3 by Schubert, which is followed by Mozart’s Sonata in B-flat major, K. 333, a work that shows the influence of the piano concerto.  Schubert’s remarkably intense and brief life (he lived only 31 years; a life shorter even than that of Mozart) is distinguished by a remarkable production of song composition (more than 600 works).  Lyricism marked his musical idiom in all genres, no less than in the exuberant and impassioned, large-scale Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 100, which the composer completed in 1827, in the penultimate year in his life, along with eight impromptus, and his great song cycle, Winterreise.


Mayuki Fukuhara, violin
studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and at Mannes College under Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo, and Felix Galimir.  He performs with several of the metropolitan area’s most prestigious chamber orchestras and ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Brandenburg Ensemble.  Mr. Fukuhara is a participating artist at the Marlboro and Caramoor music festivals.

Lindy Clarke, cello
is a founding member of the Claring Chamber Players, the Hudson Trio, and the New York Baroque Consort.  She has also been a guest artist with the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Bargemusic, and the North Country Chamber Players.  Lindy Clarke performs with numerous period instrument ensembles and orchestras, including the Classical Band, American Classical Orchestra, Grand Tour Orchestra, and the Long Island Baroque Ensemble, and Trio Pasqualati, a period instrument ensemble.  Lindy Clarke coaches chamber music ensembles through Alaria, the DiMenna Center, and Summertrios.  She acts as a musician coordinator as well as performer for Friends of Mozart and has served as coordinator for WQXR’s live broadcasts from the New York Botanical Garden.

Efi Hackmey, piano
performs widely as a soloist and chamber musician.  He recently founded the Chiarina Chamber Players, a concert series in Washington, D.C., which he directs together with cellist Caroline Bean Stute.  In 2013, Efi Hackmey released an album on the Naxos label with violinist Kinga Augustyn: Polish Violin Music, a recording that includes several premieres.  Recent performances have included solo recitals at Lincoln Center’s Rose Studio and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, as well as the Chopin F minor concerto with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel.  In addition, Mr. Hackmey has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.  A native of Israel, Efi Hackmey has appeared at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Jerusalem Music Center, and in special concerts presented by the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society.  Mr. Hackmey is currently on the piano faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C.  Since, 2009, he has taught at Summertrios chamber music festival.