Classical Encounters Foundation Inc

A California Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation
Presents a Program Featuring 

David Kaplan - Piano
Sherman Howard - Actor

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David Kaplan, pianist, has been praised for his "grace and fire" by the Boston Globe, and by The New York Times for "striking imagination and creativity." Performing widely as a recitalist and chamber musician, David enjoys a multifaceted career defined by creative programming. Recent highlights include appearances at London's Barbican Centre performing Reich and Adams, as a guest soloist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and at Miami's Arscht Center with Itzhak Perlman. David is a veteran of many distinguished chamber music festivals and series: he has appeared at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, Barge Music, and the Canadian festivals of Banff and Orford. In addition, he has been a guest at Ravinia, Tanglewood, Bard, and the Mostly Mozart Festival, where he performed in Avery Fisher Hall. As a member of the New York-based Metropolis, Le Train Bleu, Declassified, and ACJW Ensembles, David has performed frequently in New York's most exciting venues, from Zankel Hall to Le Poisson Rouge. Since 2011, Kaplan is Co-Artistic Director of Lyrica Chamber Music, a New Jersey concert series now in its twenty-seventh season.

Kaplan´s enthusiasm for contemporary music has led him to premiere dozens of works, including piano concertos by Timothy Andres (2008) and Alex Weston (2012). His longstanding piano-duo collaboration with Andres has also resulted in the critically acclaimed Nonesuch Records release Shy and Mighty for two pianos (2010) and the premiere of Retromusic for four-hands, presented by the Metropolis Ensemble (2012). The New Haven Advocate wrote that Kaplan and Andres "dazzle on the ivories." Other highlights have included his role as guest soloist in the Hans Abrahamsen's Piano Concerto at the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, and in Carnegie Hall premiering two-piano works of Ezra Laderman with pianist Greg Anderson. For the 2014-15 season, David commissions short pieces to embed within Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze from 17 extraordinary composers who include Augusta Reed Thomas, Andrew Norman, and Martin Bresnick.

Versatile far beyond the modern keyboard, Kaplan's credits as a harpsichordist include Elliott Carter's Sonata and the world premiere of Conrad Winslow's Chariots, both for harpsichord and chamber ensemble, as well as numerous performances of Bach's 5th Brandenburg with the Ensemble ACJW. He has been a guest at the Pianosalon Chritofori in Berlin, performing works of Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann on an 1880's Steingräber and an 1850 Erard. Kaplan has drawn special notice as a Beethoven interpreter: he was featured in WQXR's 2011 Beethoven Sonata Marathon, and by Vermont Public Radio and the Burlington Ensemble in live studio recordings of the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas with Benjamin Capps, which were described by the Rutland Herald as "masterful and deeply compelling performances, seldom heard at this level except by the great masters.

Kaplan was recently awarded the Doctorate of Musical Arts from Yale, where he studied with Claude Frank. His earlier mentors include Walter Ponce at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Miyoko Lotto in his native New York City. In addition, he has had the opportunity to learn from many other distinguished pianists, including Emanuel Ax, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Ursula Oppens, Murray Perahia, Manahem Pressler. and the late Charles Rosen. Under the auspices of a Fulbright Grant, he studied conducting with Lutz Köhler at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Away from the keyboard, he devotes time to cartooning and cooking, and is mildly obsessed with classic cars. David Kaplan is a Yamaha Artist.

Sherman Howard's Broadway credits include Gore Vidal's The Best Man, A Bengal Tiger In The Baghdad Zoo, All My Sons, and Inherit The Wind. His off-Broadway credits include the title role in Bauer (59E59), Another Part of the Forest (Peccadillo Theatre), Titus Andronicus and Tell Out My Soul (Public Theatre), Geography of a Horse Dreamer and The Crate (Ensemble Studio Theatre), I'm Not Rappaport (Roundabout). His recent regional credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Old Globe), The Tempest, The Lion in Winter, No Man's Land, The Cherry Orchard, Much Ado About Nothing, the title roles of both Galileo and Enrico IV and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). Further regional credits include the title roles of Hamlet (Kentucky Shakespeare Festival), Macbeth (North Carolina Shakespeare Festival), and Sheridan (La Jolla Playhouse). He appeared in The Price (Pittsburgh Public), Nine Armenians (Intiman), Jumpers (Northlight Theatre), The Contractor (A.C.T.) His extensive television credits include Homeland, Madam Secretary, The Blacklist, The Good Fight, Person of Interest, Cold Case, Law and Order, Seinfeld, ER, Las Vegas, One Life to Live, Op-Center, The Stand, all three Star Trek spin-offs, et al – along with many and varied animated series, video games, television commercials, etc. After making his living as a professional actor in theater, film, and television for over four decades, Mr. Howard has savored the chance to merge his theatrical skills with his personal passion for concert hall music. He has performed with pianist, David Kaplan in Richard Straus's Enoch Arden at Bargemusic. In the 2013/14 season he performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Rachmaninoff's "The Bells" conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. He also appeared in the role of Prospero in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's unique presentation of Jean Sibelius' The Tempest Suite conducted by Jacque Lacombe.



Franz Liszt: Ballade no. 2 in b minor
Frederick Chopin: Ballade no. 2 in F major


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Richard Strauss Enoch Arden, melodrama for narrator and piano.