To close the 2015-16 season of TownMusic, the Town Hall Seattle new-music chamber music series that Joshua Roman leads as Artistic Director, he welcomes an ensemble of chamber musicians — violinists Arnaud Sussman and Johnny Gandelsman, violist Kyle Armbrust, and pianist Andrius Žlabys — to perform works written by clear-eyed composers in the midst of troubled times. The Tuesday, May 24 program includes Britten’s String Quartet No. 2, Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, and the world premiere of a Town Hall commission by Andrius Žlabys honoring the victims of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, near his own birthplace in Lithuania.
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Monday, May 23rd, 2016
On Tuesday, I’ll be joined on my chamber music series Town Music by Johnny Gandelsman, Arnaud Sussman, Kyle Armbrust, and Andrius Žlabys for a program of 20th and 21st Century works. We’ll present the world premiere of “Movement for String Quartet and Piano”, written by Andrius and commissioned by Town Hall Seattle. Andrius is a fantastic musician and a regular collaborator of mine, so I jumped at the chance to interview him over the phone about composing, performing, and his new piece.