McLean Community Center 3:00 pm Sunday, December 20, 2015
My Favorite Things: Holiday Celebration
Featuring Tanya Anisimova, Cello
Antonin Dvorak – Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, 1st movement
Kenton – Angels We Have Heard On High
Carol Sing Along, Children’s Songs, Hanukah Medley
Richard Rodgers – My Favorite Things
Programs and artists subject to change.
Cellist/composer/mystic Tanya Anisimova is a unique artist whose performances often encompass standard repertoire, original compositions and arrangements, and even otherworldly improvisations with her own vocal accompaniment. Her formal training and early career could be called “mainstream”—a graduate of Yale University, Boston University, Moscow Conservatory, and Moscow Central Music School, First Prize winner at Concertino Prague International Competition and the All-U.S.S.R. String Quartet Competition, and a top prizewinner at Min-On International Competition in Tokyo and First Shostakovich International Competition in St. Petersburg.
But her art has broadened into an exploration of music of all kinds. International recognition first came to Anisimova upon the CD release of her cello arrangements of J.S. Bach’s Complete Violin Sonatas and Partitas. In 2007, she and Paul Katz premiered her “Caravan” for two cellos; a saxophone arrangement of the piece was selected as the favorite work at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress in the United Kingdom.
Recent highlights include sold-out recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York, International Port Fairy Festival in Australia, a video performance of Bach’s Chaconne, as well as performances of Shostakovich Concerto #1 in New Orleans and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations in Virginia Beach, Stage8 TV and “The Red Door Series” in Connecticut. She gives improvisation workshops around the United States.
The Washington Post has described cellist Anisimova as a “highly focused artist” graced with “spiritual authority” and “an easy mastery of her instrument” and her original music as “melodious, mystical, and deeply emotional.”