A Concert to Support Firefighters

lastcallfoundationSunday, November 1
4:00-6:00 pm

M. Steinert & Sons
Natick Mall
Natick, MA

Please join M. Steinert & Sons as we welcome a star-studded array of internationally renowned and award winning musicians for a concert to benefit the Last Call Foundation. The mission of the Last Call Foundation is to provide funding, education and research to advance the safety needs of the firefighting community.

Admission for this special concert is $15 per person. A reception will follow the concert.

Seating is limited and it is strongly recommended that you make advance reservations by emailing: benefitfirefighters@gmail.com

Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello
Constantine Finehouse, piano
Yelena Beriyeva, piano (Artistic Director)
Tamar Shalvashvili, piano
Charles Blandy, tenor

Works by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Scriabin and Despommier will be performed.

Last Call program

About the Artists

Rafael Popper-Keizer, Cello

Hailed by The New York Times as “imaginative and eloquent” and dubbed “a local hero” by the Boston Globe, cellist Rafael Popper-Keizer maintains a vibrant and diverse career as one of Boston’s most sought-after artists. He is principal cellist of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Emmanuel Music, and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and a core member of some of New England’s most celebrated chamber groups, including the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Winsor Music, the Ibis Camerata, Monadnock Music, and Dinosaur Annex. His 2003 performance with the Boston Philharmonic of the Saint-Saëns Concerto in A minor was praised by the Globe for “melodic phrasing of melting tenderness” and “dazzling dispatch of every bravura challenge”; more recent solo appearances include Strauss’ Don Quixote, also with the Boston Philharmonic; Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante, with Emmanuel Music; and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, with the Indian Hill Symphony.

Mr. Popper-Keizer has been featured on close to two dozen recordings, including the premieres of Robert Erickson’s Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra and Thomas Oboe Lee’s tone poem Eurydice, both with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Yehudi Wyner’s De Novo for cello and small chamber ensemble; Malcolm Peyton’s unaccompanied Cello Piece; and chamber works by John Cage, Gunther Schuller, and Martin Boykan. His most recent solo CD, At the still point of the turning world, on the Musica Omnia label, features major unaccompanied works by Kodaly and Gawlick.

As an alumnus of the New England Conservatory, Mr. Popper-Keizer studied with master pedagogue and Piatigorsky protégé Laurence Lesser; at the Tanglewood Music Center he was privileged to work with Mstislav Rostropovich, and was Yo-Yo Ma’s understudy for Strauss’ Don Quixote under the direction of Seiji Ozawa. His prior teachers include Stephen Harrison, at Stanford University, and Karen Andrie, at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Constantine Finehouse, Piano

Constantine Finehouse was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and attended New England Conservatory, Juilliard and Yale. His principal teachers included Fredrik Wanger, Natalia Harlap, Herbert Stessin, Jerome Lowenthal, Boris Berman and Bruce Brubaker. Praised by Rhein Main Presse Allgemeine Zeitung for his “interpretations of depth and maturity,” Finehouse has performed extensively in the US (including in California, Colorado, Connecticut, the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington) and abroad (including in Lausanne, London, Odessa, St. Petersburg, and Trieste). His newest album with cellist Sebastian Bäverstam features the universally-admired Brahms Sonata, Opus 38 for piano and cello, as well as several new works in the High Romantic style by Boston composer, Tony Schemmer. His 2009 solo recording, Backwards Glance [Spice Rack Records 101-01], interweaves music of Johannes Brahms and Richard Beaudoin.

The Bolcom Project, made in collaboration with his American Double partner, violinist Philip Ficsor, included a double-CD [Albany Troy 959/960] and a national tour. Fanfare praised the recording as “indispensable to any serious collector with an interest in later 20th-century duo repertoire for violin and piano.” As part of American Double, Finehouse also toured Hungary, performing sonatas by Brahms, Bolcom and Ravel. More recently, he collaborated with violinist Olga Caceànova at the Lausanne Conservatoire and on a 5-concert tour of North Carolina and Georgia, as well as with cellist Sebastian Bäverstam at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), Merkin Recital Hall (Kauffman Center) and Mozarteum (Salzburg). In partnership with pianists Ursula Oppens and Christopher Taylor, Finehouse is currently recording Bolcom’s complete piano solo works for Naxos Records.

The 2015-16 season brings recitals celebrating William Bolcom’s 75th birthday, in which Finehouse will be featured as a soloist as well as in chamber music performances across the United States. Of special note was a highly-praised solo recital at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in March, 2014. Finehouse has been awarded the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship from Juilliard, a 2004 St. Botolph Club Foundation Grant and a 2006 Classics Abroad Project Award. He serves on the faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory and Extension Divisions in Boston and as Visiting Artist/Faculty at Westmont College, Santa Barbara.


For more information visit www.cfinehouse.com or www.facebook.com/ConstantineFinehousePianist