Fred Hersch

This Weekend: Jazz at The Maverick, featuring The Brilliant Pianist Fred Hersch + The Annual Friends of the Maverick Concert…

by Editor


Maverick Concerts, Woodstock NY  |  September 8  | 6:30

The acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch, returns to the Maverick as part of its “Jazz at the Maverick”  Saturday evening series of contemporary jazz concerts.



Described by Vanity Fair magazine “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and vocalist. An artist of unbounded imagination and skill, Mr. Hersch is, as Downbeat magazine declared, “one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation.” He was the first artist in the 75-​​year history of New York’s legendary Village Vanguard to play week-​​long engagements. Mr. Hersch was nominated for two 2012 Grammy Awards and has won the Coup de Coeur of the Charles Cros Academy in France. More than 70 of his compositions have been recorded, and Mr. Hersch has been awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship, grants from Chamber Music America, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Meet the Composer. He has held seven composition residencies at The MacDowell Colony, in addition to a wide variety of National Public Radio programs and CBS Sunday Morning with Dr. Billy Taylor.


Fred Hersch, photo by Matthew Sussman


Tim Fain, solo violin performs at this year’s
Friends of Maverick Concert  |  September 9  | 4:00

Don’t miss this your chance to attend this annual event!
There’s still time to become a Friend to Maverick Concerts.
Go to maverickconcerts​.org to donate on line

The program;
Bach, Philip Glass [Fain will perform a piece written for him]
and Eugène Ysaÿe

Tim Fain

Tim Fain

A native of Santa Monica, California, violinist Tim Fain is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Victor Danchenko, and The Juilliard School, where he worked with Robert Mann. Before Curtis, Fain studied with Eduard Schmieder in Los Angeles. The “charismatic young violinist with a matinee idol profile, strong musical instincts, and first rate chops” (Boston Globe) was featured as the sound of Richard Gere’s violin in Bee Season. As The Washington Post recently raved, “Fain has everything he needs for a first-​​rate career.”—Miriam Villchur Berg

Tim Fain writes: “I’ve commissioned a new work from American composer Philip Glass — It’s called Partita for Solo Violin, in seven movements. The piece is almost completed and so far, I think it’s really some of his best writing — so dark, lyrical, and melodic.

Tim Fain and Philip Glass

Tim Fain and Philip Glass

A few years back, I worked with Philip in a show called Book of Longing which was a song cycle he composed to the poetry of Canadian singer/​songwriter Leonard Cohen. There was this moment where the violin took center stage and I played this really fast and crazy little movement, which only lasted a couple of minutes, but made a big impression on me. Before this, Philip hadn’t really even written much for violin, and here was this totally intense two-​​minute piece that sounded like J.S. Bach played backwards! I kept coming off stage thinking ‘that was so cool.….but I want a whole piece!’ —Tim Fain



next week  |  Maverick’s final weekend

Saturday, September 15, 2012, 6:30 pm

Steve Gorn, bansuri flute; Allyn Miner, sitar;
and Ray Spiegel, tabla
An Evening of Indian Classical Music

Sunday, September 16, 2 pm

Final Concert of the 2012 Season
Tokyo String Quartet
Music of Haydn, Schubert, and Webern

Please note the special 2 pm time

For additional details, including a schedule of concerts, ticket prices, and seating information, visit www​.maverickconcerts​.org or call Maverick’s recorded message line at 845 – 679-​​8217.


Featured photo of Fred Hersch, by Steve J. Sherman

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