Sérgio and Odair Assad and Avi Avital

From Bach, Haydn and Debussy to Piazzolla and Brazilian choro
Pre-concert conversation with Sérgio Assad, Avi Avital and Da Camera’s Sarah Rothenberg, Zilkha Hall, 7:00pm

Johann Sebastian Bach: Selections from Sonata in E Major, BWV 1016
Joseph Haydn: Sonata No. 50 in D Major, Hob. XVI:37
Claude Debussy: La plus que lente
Béla Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances Sz. 56, BB 68
Astor Piazzola: Histoire du Tango
Marc Lavry: Three Jewish Dances, Op. 192
Three Brazilian pieces:
Jacob Bittencourt; Santa Morena and Assanhado
“Pixinguinha”: Glória
All works arranged by Sérgio Assad.

Israeli superstar mandolin player Avi Avital and celebrated Brazilian-born guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad are global musical citizens, at home with an international program ranging from Bach to Brazil. The Assads, with their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble-playing, team up with Avital, passionate and “explosively charismatic” (New York Times) in live performance. Avi Avital is a driving force behind the reinvigoration of the mandolin repertory. The trio explore both classical repertoire reimagined for guitar and mandolin, and traditional choro music, a popular genre in Brazil known for its upbeat rhythms and bravura virtuosity.

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“A musician who recognizes no boundaries except those of good taste and who has the artistry to persuade listeners to follow him anywhere.” – Gramophone on Avi Avital

“Call it one of the most engaging musical presentations of the season. Better yet, call it a stunning display of the music of the Western Hemisphere.” — The Los Angeles Times on Sérgio and Odair Assad