Sérgio and Odair Assad and Avi Avital

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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.

“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