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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Alexander Platt Returns Home to Curate Concert Series

The Westport Arts Center (WAC) has announced its new 2017-18 concert series led by curator and Westporter Alexander Platt.

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Alexander Platt: coming home to curate concert series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Matthew F. Witchell

WAC has combined its previously distinct jazz and chamber music programs into a singular concert series, an announcement said.

The five concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings between September and May 2018 at the Arts Center.

Platt will serve as a guide for concert attendees, sharing his perspective and insights at each of the performances. He takes over from his twin brother Russell, who has led the programs in recent years.

A native Westporter, Alexander Platt has previously served as the music director of eminent orchestras around the country, and will now make Westport his primary residence and focus.

“Westport has always been a beacon for the best and most-sought after musicians, and I am thrilled to return home to my roots to present this amazing roster of performers,” said Platt. 

“I look forward to reengaging with Westport’s enthusiastic performing arts audiences and to bringing my experiences back to the community.”

In addition to leading the concert series, Platt has created a consortium of local music organizations, including Beechwood Arts, Westport Library, and Suzuki School of Music, in order to collaborate during the season.

Season tickets for the 2017-18 concert series are available for purchase before Sept. 23.

Season ticket holders will receive two free companion tickets and exclusive access to special concert series events through the season. Free companion tickets are also available for seniors ages 65 and over.

The concert series will include five performances (with descriptions provided by the Arts Center):

• Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.: Anthony de Mare, the international pianist renowned for his explorations forging the worlds of classical and Broadway, will make his Westport debut with his acclaimed program “LIAISONS: Re-Imagining Sondheim at the Piano.”

• Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.: Igor Pikayzen, Westport resident and prize-winning young virtuoso violinist, will perform a program dedicated to the solo violin.

• Saturday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.: Julliard String Quartet, one of America’s pre-eminent string quartets, will perform a program centered on Beethoven masterworks and the modern Scottish composer James MacMillan.

• Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.: The Calidore String Quartet, one of the most exciting of the younger string quartets, will perform masterpieces of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, and the young Pulitzer-Prize winner Caroline Shaw.

• Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.: The acclaimed London/New York pianist Simon Mulligan, with The Simon Mulligan Trio, will end the season with a stunning program traversing the worlds of Jazz and Classical, ranging from classic repertoire of Mozart, Barber and Chopin to unique interpretations of The George Gershwin Songbook.

Visit http://www.westportartscenter.org for more information.

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