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Martha-Ellen Tye Performing Arts Institute The Martha-Ellen Tye Performing Arts Institute epitomizes Iowa State’s landgrant mission of education and outreach. These programs serve a broad spectrum of constituencies and audiences. The goals of the Institute are: • to enhance the development of creativity in students through the performing arts. • to assist in the career development of young artists by providing performance opportunities and educational experiences. • to offer students at all educational levels the opportunity to interact directly with professional artists through master classes, workshops, lecture demonstrations and clinics.

In addition to to Mr. Hakhnazaryan’s residency, programs scheduled for the 2011-2012 season include: • Staged reading and masterclass with the Aquila Theatre Company • 17 school-time matinee performances • Residency with multicultural instrumentalist Todd Green • On Stage! - an audience development project for high school students •

Martha-Ellen Tye Career Development Award to be presented at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions-Iowa District

• Master class for singers in the 2012 MONC Iowa District Auditions • Drama workshop with the Montana Repertory Theater Company For more information, contact Sara Compton, outreach coordinator, at (515) 294-3347, toll free at 1-877-THE-CENTER, e-mail or visit us online at

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PROGRAM (subject to change)

Franz Joseph Haydn Sergei Prokofiev

Symphony No. 96 in D Major, HOB I:96 (“The Miracle”) Piano Concerto (Left Hand), No. 4, Op. 53 Leon Fleisher, pianist Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin To Be Announced L.V. Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Op. 92

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In collaboration with the Iowa State Center’s Performing Arts Series, the Institute introduces students at all levels to the performing arts and serves over 15,000 students from pre-school to college age each year. Workshops and performances in the schools, master classes with professional artists, and school-time matinees at Stephens Auditorium are offered in the areas of music, theatre and dance.

The Martha-Ellen Tye Performing Arts Institute Presents

Young Concert Artist

Narek Hakhnazaryan CELLIST

Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall Iowa State University


with Leon Fleisher, Piano Soloist, and Gérard Korsten, Conductor

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011 7:30 pm PROGRAM (subject to change)

Franz Joseph Haydn Sergei Prokofiev

Symphony No. 96 in D Major, HOB I:96 (“The Miracle”) Piano Concerto (Left Hand), No. 4, Op. 53 Leon Fleisher, pianist Termon Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin To Be Announced L.V. Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Op. 92

IRISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA with Leon Fleisher, Piano Soloist, and Gérard Korsten, Conductor

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OCTOBER 26, 2011 7:30 pm


44 and $40 | $25 (18 & under) | $20 (ISU students with student ID)

Overture Dinner begins at 5:30 pm | $25 Adult, $12.50 Child (12 & under)

For Tickets: Stephens Auditorium Ticket Office Ticketmaster: or 1-800-745-3000 | All Ticketmaster Outlets

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Sponsored by

Ames International Orchestra Festival Association Ames Commission on the Arts

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Young Concert Artist

Narek Hakhnazaryan CELLIST

Program Fantasiestücke, Op. 7 Zart und mit Ausdruck Lefhaft, leicht Rasch un mit Feuer


LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69 Allegro, ma non tanto (1770-1827) Scherzo Adagio cantabile – Allegro vivace

Intermission (1906-1975)

Variations on a theme from Rossini’s “Moses in Egypt”


You are invited to join Mr. Hakhnazaryan and Ms. Polera at a reception in the lobby following the recital Program subject to change

Artist Management: YOUNG CONCERT ARTISTS, INC. A non-profit organization dedicated to developing the careers of extraordinary musicians 250 West 57 Street, New York, New York 10019

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(with cellist Scott Kluksdahl) features the recording premiere of Richard Wernick’s “Duo,” as well as works of Robert Helps, Augusta Read Thomas and Elliott Carter. Noreen Polera holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Martin Canin.

Martha-Ellen Tye, Philanthropist

Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH

Allegro non troppo Allegro Largo Allegro

Ms. Polera’s mastery and affection for the complete standard cellopiano repertory is well-known, as is her attention and dedication to the works of living composers. In recent seasons she performed Elliott Carter’s venerable Sonata for Cello and Piano on tour in Paris, New York and Philadelphia, along with new works by Lowell Liebermann and YCA composers Benjamin C.S. Boyle and Kenji Bunch to critical acclaim. Her CD recording Sound Vessels

The late Martha-Ellen Tye is most remembered for her for charitable giving, embracing through her financial resources a philosophy that develops the “whole person – body, mind, and spirit.” Mrs. Tye devoted her life to making that philosophy possible for her community, her state, and her world. Named Outstanding Individual Philanthropist in 1989 by the Iowa Chapter of the National Society of Fund-Raising Executives, Mrs. Tye established many new projects especially in two areas: keeping the arts alive and investing in youth. These interests influenced her giving from the creation of the Martha-Ellen Tye Playhouse in Marshalltown to becoming the lead donor in the renovation of the Iowa State Center’s Fisher Theater, named for Mrs. Tye’s brother, J.W. “Bill” Fisher. For her generous gifts to Iowa State, Mrs. Tye received the ISU Foundation’s Order of the Knoll Campanile Award in 1997 recognizing her exemplary philanthropy and outstanding dedication.

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NAREK HAKHNAZARYAN, cellist Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan’s powerful and poetic playing has propelled him to the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 2011 XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. Already hailed a “seasoned phenom” (Washington Post) following his Kennedy Center debut, Mr. Hakhnazaryan’s 2011-2012 season brings his first New York concerto performance at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall as part of the Young Concert Artists gala with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under Ryan McAdams and with the London Symphony and Mariinsky Orchestras under Maestro Valery Gergiev. Series; the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts; and with the Additionally, Mr. Hakhnazaryan Pasadena Symphony and Naples performs extensively this season Philharmonic Orchestras. An as soloist with the Hilton Head, accomplished chamber musician, Signature (OK), Springfield (OH), Narek will be performing with the and Longwood (MA) symphonies Boston Chamber Music Society and in the U.S; in a five-concert tour has performed with Ravinia’s Steans across Europe with the Moscow Institute; the Caramoor “Rising Philharmonic; and other international Stars” series; and at the Young orchestras including the Verdi Concert Artists Festival in Tokyo. Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, and the Tokyo Symphony at Japan’s As First Prize winner in the 2008 Suntory Hall. He appears in recital Young Concert Artists International in California, Maryland, Missouri, Auditions, Mr. Hakahnazaryan and Kansas as well as in Europe debuted in the Young Concert Artists including a tour in Italy and as part of Series in New York at Carnegie’s the Verbier, Beethoven (Poland), and Zankel Hall, sponsored by the Tivoli (Denmark) festivals. Jerome L. Greene Foundation Prize, and in Washington, DC. Recent highlights include performances with the Boston (cont) Pops; as part of Boston’s Celebrity

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Mr. Hakhnazaryan has received scholarships from the Rostropovich Russian Performing Arts Fund which brought him concerts in Russia, Germany, Italy, Austria, France, Great Britain, Greece, Turkey and Canada. His prizes include First Prize in the 2006 Aram Khachaturian International Competition in Armenia and First Place in the 2006 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players.


Pianist Noreen Polera ranks among the most highly-regarded collaborative pianists and diverse chamber artists performing today. She maintains a career that has taken her to every major American music center and abroad to Europe, Russia, and Asian centers of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Seoul. Recent performances include Mr. Hakhnazaryan was born in those at Alice Tully Hall, Zankel 1988 in Yerevan, Armenia, into a Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 92nd family of musicians: his father is a Street Y, Jordan Hall, Gardner violinist and his mother is a pianist. Museum, the Kennedy Center, His early studies were at the Sayat- Salle Cortot, and appearances Nova School of Music in Yerevan at festivals including Caramoor, with Zareh Sarkisyan. At the age of Bard and Grand Teton, as well 12, Mr. Hakhnazaryan began studies as engagements at the Chamber at the Moscow Conservatory with Music Societies of Philadelphia Alexey Seleznyov. Working with and La Jolla. She has recorded Laurence Lesser, he received an for EMI, Audiophon and Artist Diploma from the New England Centaur Records. Conservatory of Music in 2011. Mr. Hakhnazaryan plays a 1698 David Noreen Polera has collaborated Tecchler cello, on loan from Valentine with leading soloists including Saarmaa, granddaughter of the David Shifrin, Matt Haimovitz, renowned luthier Jacques Francais. Carter Brey, Antonio Menesis, Aurora-Natalie Ginastera, Yo-Yo Ma and Leonard Rose. Winner of the Accompanying Prize at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, she regularly collaborates with laureates of the Queen Elisabeth, Tchaikovsky and Naumburg international competitions.

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2011 YCA Playbill  

Playbill for Narek Hakhnazaryan, Cellist