BAXTER CONCERT HALL, CAPE TOWN
THURSDAY JULY 26th, 8:15pm
Tickets at COMPUTICKET: R90 / R50 for students and seniors
World- renowned American clarinetist David Krakauer will perform one show
in Cape Town at the Baxter Concert Hall with New York-based Capetonian
pianist Kathleen Tagg. “Beyond Crossover” is a unique recital program that
voyages without intermission from Brahms, Steve Reich and Debussy all the
way to Krakauer’s famous circular breathing improvisations and Klezmer.
Highlights of Krakauer’s lauded career include his renowned partnership
with the *Kronos Quartet* on Osvaldo Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of
Isaac the Blind, touring with the *Emerson String Quartet;* performing
during the inaugural season of *Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall with renowned
jazz pianist Uri Caine*; an eight-year tenure with the Naumburg
Award-winning Aspen Wind Quintet and performing in the International *Emmy
Award-winning BBC documentary Holocaust*, A Music Memorial from Auschwitz.
Krakauer is in demand worldwide as a guest soloist with the *world’s finest
orchestras i*ncluding the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Detroit Symphony, the
Weimar Staatskapelle, the Phoenix Symphony, the Dresdener Philharmonie, and
the Seattle Symphony. Krakauer’s discography contains some of the most
important clarinet recordings of recent decades. The Dreams and Prayers of
Isaac the Blind (Osvaldo Golijov and the *Kronos Quartet/Nonesuch)*received the
*Diapason D’Or in France.* The Twelve Tribes was designated *album of the
year in the jazz category for the Preis der Deutschen
Schallplattenkritik.*He has also recorded with violinist
*Itzhak Perlman/ the Klezmatics *(Angel) and *Dawn Upshaw/ Osvaldo Golijov
(Deutsche Gramophon)*. His unique sound can be heard in Danny Elfman’s
score for the Ang Lee film Taking Woodstock and throughout Sally Potter’s
Dr Kathleen Tagg
Kathleen Tagg is a South African pianist based in New York City.
Since moving to New York from Cape Town in 2001, Kathleen Tagg has reveled in the diversity and energy of New York’s musical life. Recent years have seen her performing often at New York’s Carnegie Hall and venues as diverse as Lincoln Center, the South Orange Performing Arts Center Opening Gala, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, the Goethe Institute, Polish Consulate, Kosciusko Foundation, Gladstone Gallery, Yamaha, Steinways, Bechsteins, HERE Arts Center, DROM and many more.
Outside of the United States, Kathleen’s activities include recitals all over South Africa as well as performances in Europe, India and Zimbabwe. Concerto performances have been with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, CAPAB Orchestra, Cape Baroque Ensemble and the University of Cape Town Orchestra.
Since her first radio broadcast at the age of seven, Kathleen was an active member of South Africa’s music world. Kathleen studied at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Mannes College of Music, New York, and the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Doctorate, taking the Helen Cohn Award as the outstanding doctoral graduate.
She taught for four years at the Manhattan School of Music, and has taught at the Great Neck Conservatory in Long Island, the Bronx Conservatory and the Piano School of New York City, amongst others. She was a 2010 Stern Fellowship Holder for Songfest at Pepperdine.
Kathleen has premiered many new works, many written for her, including works for piano and electronics. She has had the honor to work with many renowned composers on their music including Pierre Boulez, John Musto, Jake Heggie, Kevin Volans, Ben Moore, Tom Cipullo, Peter Klatzow and Hendrik Hofmeyr. She also performs her own works, and loves experimenting with the capabilities of electronic music in conjunction with acoustic instruments. Her enormous solo and chamber music repertoire spans works from Scarlatti to works written in 2010.
Recent highlights include performances in New York and India with the Sabina Rakcheyeva Ensemble as well as the recording of the group’s debut album and multiple solo and chamber music concerts in South Africa. Other highlights include Chicago performances with OneSun Duo, filming for the movie Black Swan directed by Daren Aronofsky, a new show of original music at Lincoln Center and other New York and Chicago venues, musical direction of Mosheh at HERE Arts Center, and the musical direction of a new musical, “Erika’s Wall” written by KT with Sophie Jaff presented at “The Music Theater Company” Summer Mainstage in Chicago.
Kathleen collaborates with musicians and artists on a wide variety of instruments, and a wide array of styles. She is an avid chamber musician and collaborative pianist with an enormous repertoire, and has also appeared on recordings of non-Classical music (world music, pop, gospel). She also possesses a large repertoire of concertos and works for Piano and Orchestra.
In recent years, Kathleen has received support from the Ernst Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, National Arts Council of South Africa, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the South African Music Rights Organisation and the New York Performing Arts Foundation and scholarships from the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes and the University of Cape Town amongst others.