NOTE: All tickets have been distributed for this free concert.
Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrández, 26, is poised to become the Pablo Casals of his generation. He has been racking up international awards and garnering praise from the world’s finest musicians, and now he will make his Kansas City debut in a free Discovery Concert. Noted for his expressive playing, Ferrández is sure to make his 1696 “Lord Aylesford” Stradivarius cello sing.
Ferrández, who began playing cello at the age of three, was given lessons by his father, a cellist with the Spanish National Orchestra. His innate talent and hard work led to a scholarship from the Pablo Casals Foundation, as well as prizes from many prestigious cello competitions. He is the first cellist to be loaned a Stradivarius from the Nippon Music Foundation. The cello is one of the oldest Strads in the world, dating from 1696.
American pianist Julio Elizalde, praised as a musician of "compelling artistry and power" by the Seattle Times, has appeared with many leading artists of our time.
Bruch: Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Shostakovich: Sonata for cello and piano in D minor, Op. 40
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
Franck, arr. Jules Dessert: Sonata in A major for violin and piano
An audience/artist conversation from the stage will immediately follow the concert.
See related Education Event: free master class led by Pablo Ferrández.