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DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN PRESENTS GARDEN PROJECT

December 13, 2017

Phoenix – Desert Botanical Garden is pleased to present Garden Project, a program curated by pianist-composer Michael Brown, featuring himself, clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, violinist Elena Urioste and cellist Nicholas Canellakis. The concert is April 8 and will be held in the enchanting Binns Wildflower Pavilion.

Four internationally recognized musicians join forces to premiere Michael Brown’s Garden Quartet, a new work for clarinet, violin, cello and piano written for and inspired by Desert Botanical Garden, Wave Hill in New York and Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Each movement of the work is written specifically to reflect the individual nature and characteristics of each of these Gardens. The program will also include traditional chamber works by Debussy and Fauré, as well as a movement from Olivier Messaien’s 20th Century landmark work—Quartet for the End of Time—and Klezmer-inspired arrangements.

Following the performance, there will be a Q&A with the performers followed by an informal reception with light refreshments. The work is commissioned by Wave Hill, which will host the world premiere on Feb. 25.

The Composer & Performing Artists: Michael Brown, a rising star in the music world, recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, member of Lincoln Center’s prestigious Chamber Music Society 2 program and described by The New York Times as “one of the leading figures in the renaissance of composer-performers”, is the composer for the commission. The work will be written for a quartet of his regular musical colleagues, clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, violinist Elena Urioste and cellist Nicholas Canellakis.

WHEN:      Sunday, April 8, 2018, Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Concert is 7 – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:   Desert Botanical Garden, Binns Wildflower Pavilion, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ  85008

COST:       Members: $35 | General Public: $40

TICKETS: Tickets are on sale beginning Nov. 22. Order online at dbg.org, call 480.941.1225 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily) or visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily)

INFO:        For more information, call 480.941.1225 or visit www.dbg.org.

About Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden features 50,000 plants from across the world. The Garden allows visitors to experience the beauty of the desert like never before. For 78 years, the Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States.

 

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