A “crack ensemble” (The New Yorker) with “a taste for the dramatic” (New York Times), Cantata Profana is passionately dedicated to new music, old music “to most anything, so long as the mixture is put together thoughtfully and put across persuasively” (New York Times). For their next Joe's Pub show, Cantata Profana is strapping its two dream pianists into the bench for what promises to be an exceptionally fun, virtuosic, and over-the-top show of four-hands fireworks. Daniel Schlosberg and Lee Dionne will be pulling out all the stops: hammering out Beethoven symphonies, wailing on Wagner operas, and attempting the impossible by taking American legend Conlon Nancarrow's mindboggling etudes for player piano and executing them with (granted, four) human hands. A romp through the best (or at least, most fun) works for two pianists sitting at the same instrument, this program has been a dream of Dan and Lee's for years and we can't wait to see what they come up with!
Cantata Profana's artists are specialists in a dizzying array of musical genres, able to transform themselves from “a stylish early music ensemble” (New York Times) into “exacting and sensitive” performers of contemporary music (Boston Globe) all within one show. At the heart of each signature Cantata Profana production is a vision for a new kind of programming: breathing life into classical music by carefully and lovingly curating rarely-heard works from every chapter of music history and reveling in how it all fits together.