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Daydreams in Music: Einstein & his Violin

  • Leo Baeck Institute 15 West 16th Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

As part of its exploration of Gravity 350, the Chelsea Music Festival presents a program at the Leo Baeck Institute celebrating Albert Einstein’s contributions to science as well as his lifelong love for the violin and chamber music. Einstein is known to have said that “life without playing music is inconceivable...I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music...I get most joy in life out of music.” The program will celebrate the music that inspired and helped Einstein, with works by Mozart, Dutilleux, and a World Premiere of a Festival commission by Nicolas Namoradze called Gravity: Concerto for Double Bass and String Ensemble.

An exhibit of Albert Einstein’s artifacts and mementos will also be on display.


Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor Poème, Op. 8 (1923) 

Nicolas Namoradze (b.1992) Gravity: Concertino for Double Bass and String Ensemble(2016) 

Henri Dutilleux (1916–2013) Ainsi la nuit for string quartet (1973) 

Takuma Itoh (b.1984) Event Horizon for String Quartet (2009) 

W. A. Mozart (1756–1791) Violin Sonata No. 32 in B-Flat Major, K. 454 (1784) 

Performers Include:                                             

Violin | Fanny Clamagirand, Lisa Lee, Amy Galluzzo, Natalie Kress, Alex Shiozaki (Momenta Quartet), Emilie-Anne Gendron (Momenta Quartet)
Viola | Stephanie Griffin (Momenta Quartet), Greg Luce
Cello | Angela Lee, Michael Haas (Momenta Quartet)
Piano | Melinda Lee Masur
Bass | Dominik Wagner