FredFest!

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Music performed:
Oliver Knussen Reflection, Igor Stravinsky Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet, Elliott Carter Caténaires, John Zorn Ouroboros, Steve Mackey Fusion Tune, Milton Babbitt Minute Waltz; An Encore, Derek Bermel Coming Together, Igor Stravinsky Duo Concertante: Gigue and Dithyramb, Rubin Kodheli Improvisation, Rodericus arr. Chris Otto Angelorum psalat, Charles Wuorinen Trio, Edgar Meyer Concert Duo: Movement I, William Wolstenholme Canzona, W.A. Mozart Quintet for Clarinet and Strings: LarghettoArnold Schoenberg Canon XXII

The New Yorker:
The cellist Fred Sherry has been central to New York music for a half century, and no wonder: a dynamic, ebullient, and magnanimous artist and teacher, Sherry co-founded the ensembles Tashi and Speculum Musicae, served as the artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and has advocated tirelessly for living composers. For this seventieth-birthday concert, the clarinettist and composer Derek Bermel shows the esteem in which Sherry is held by assembling a constellation of distinguished participants, including Peter Serkin, Jeremy Denk, Ursula Oppens, Richard Stoltzman, Leila Josefowicz, and the JACK Quartet.

— Steve Smith