On Sunday April 15, NOVA presents the penultimate concert of the 40th Anniversary Season. This event offers the final opportunity to hear pianist Jason Hardink performing on the series during his distinguished tenure as Artistic Director.
The program features an engaging juxtaposition of modern and historical repertoire that has been the hallmark of Mr. Hardink’s time with NOVA.
On the first half of the concert, Anne Francis Bayless (cellist of the Fry Street Quartet) and Brant Bayless (Utah Symphony Principal Viola) will perform a J. S. Bach solo cello suite with solo viola music by György Kurtág woven throughout.
A husband and wife duo, Mr. and Mrs. Bayless are extraordinary soloists and chamber musicians, ranking among the most accomplished and exciting classical performers residing in the Intermountain West.
The concert will end with a new commission by Inés Thiebaut, a virtuosic concerto for piano and ensemble composed for Artistic Director Jason Hardink, and J.C. Bach’s uplifting and witty Concerto for Piano and Strings in E-Flat, opus 7, no. 5.
"It's been such an honor to lead NOVA for the last 9 seasons,” says Jason Hardink. “We have incredibly creative and accomplished classical musicians residing in Utah, they have made the job a pure joy. And our adventurous audience and the broad range of community-wide financial support have allowed us to grow beyond the expected reach of a regional chamber music series and make an impact on the national and international stage."
Inés Thiebaut was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in music theory at the University of Utah and holds a Ph.D in Composition from the CUNY Graduate Center (New York). While at CUNY she studied with Jason Eckardt, a composer featured extensively on NOVA over the past ten years. She is the co-founder and executive co-director of Dr. Faustus, an organization dedicated to the commission and promotion of new music.
Audience members are invited to join composer Inés Thiebaut and Artistic Director Jason Hardink for a pre-concert discussion. Pre-concert talks are held in room 270 at the University Of Utah School Of Music at 2:30 PM.
Sunday April 15, 3 PM
Libby Gardner Hall, University of Utah School of Music
$20 general admission, $18 seniors, students free.