Hailed as “a pair of adventurous young talents” who “play with their antennae tuned to each other,” cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist-composer Michael Brown have been captivating audiences with performances that combine masterpieces from the standard repertoire with original compositions and arrangements.
The duo’s Brookings concert is 3 p.m. Sunday at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 102 Park Ave.
Canellakis and Brown recently toured the U.S. with a program of American composers, culminating in a New York City recital presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Their debut duo album, “Out of Darkness,” featuring works by Barber, Shostakovich, Brown, and Canellakis, was released on CAG Records in 2016.
Canellakis and Brown are both artists with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, having been winners of the Society’s CMS Two international auditions. Both maintain active solo careers, performing concertos throughout the U.S. each season.
Canellakis made his Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium debut in 2015 as soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra. Brown is a 2018 Emerging Artist of Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient. Brown is also a critically acclaimed composer who has written works for Canellakis, and is also composer-in-residence with the New Haven Symphony for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, being commissioned to write a new symphonic work with Canellakis as soloist.
The Brookings program will feature the only two works that Chopin wrote for cello and piano: the “Introduction and Polonaise Brilliante,” a lively virtuosic Polish dance, and his “Sonata in G minor.” Also included are three American works: Barber’s “Sonata,” Gershwin’s “Preludes,” and Michael Brown’s “Prelude and Dance” from 2017.
Canellakis has a special connection with the Barber sonata, having studied with the cellist Orlando Cole who directly assisted Barber with its composition, and who was able to give Canellakis specific guidance on Barber’s wishes for interpretation.
Single tickets for the next two concerts are $20 and an additional final concert will be free to the public. Students under 18 are admitted free.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies. Further information may be obtained by visiting the Friends of Music website at brookingsharborfriendsofmusic.org or by calling 541-469-7625.