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CLAUDIO ARRAU - PIANIST

Autographed Avery Fisher Hall program excerpt for a performance by the legerndary Chilean piano virtuoso with Gerard Schwarz and The Y Chamber Symphony, New York City, January 16, 1981.  We include an original sepia 4” x 8” trimmed photograph dated 1958 on the verso.

Arrau (1903-1991) at this point in his career could choose his engagements without recourse.  The fact that he was willing to perform with a fairly new chamber orchestra in 1981 speaks to the fact that he was not ego driven and was working with smaller and new ensembles. 

The Y Chamber Symphony was founded by Gerard Schwarz in 1977.  Schwarz was then 30 years old, a member of the New York Philharmonic trumpet section and a relatively unknown conductor.  He worked with Omus Hirshbein, the long time Music Programming Director at the 92nd Street Y who funded the orchestra as “the house band”.  The orchestra grew and began playing performances at large venues within a few years of operation and by 1986 renamed themselves The New York Chamber Symphony. A decade later they were the house chamber orchestra of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.  When Schwarz resigned at the end of the 2001-2002 season the orchestra folded.     

The all-Beethoven program was a departure for this orchestra which was focused on 20th Century composers and played a number of world premieres written especially for them.

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