Rebecca Hartka, CD Release


Rebecca Hartka, CD Release

Fri · November 3, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 10:00 pm)

$15.00 - $20.00

Off Sale

Celebrate the release of a new recording Colors, Coleurs, Colores, Cores, that celebrates the threads of connection between styles and cultures, from Debussy to Gnattali, from Paris to Havana. This concert and album features the performances of Rebecca Hartka, cellist, Barbara Lysakowski, pianist, and Josè Lezcano, guitarist.

"The concept for this CD was inspired by a trip to Cuba in March with Josè as a guest at the Cello Festival of Havana, as well as a recent obsession with exploring French music with Barbara. I began to notice stylistic links between Latin styles and French music. For example, in the mid 19th century Chopin and Liszt's very personal style invited dissonant harmonies that sound quite 'jazzy.' Musicians combined these European harmonies with African rhythms and blue scales to form ragtime in the United States, tango in Argentina, habanera in Cuba, and choros in Brazil."

Rebecca Hartka
Rebecca Hartka
Rebecca Hartka has concertized in the United States and internationally in Italy, Cuba, Vietnam, and Thailand. The Hanoi Times described her playing as “…magical and eloquent.” Her 2014 release Light & Shadow: Sonatas of Rachmaninov and Poulenc with pianist Alys Terrien-Queen and her debut CD Folkfire with pianist Azusa Komiyama, released in October 2010, both received critical acclaim as well as National Public Radio play. Hartka is on faculty at Keene State College and the All Newton Music School. She holds her DMA and MM from Boston University and BA in Music from Oberlin College and Conservatory. Http://

Described by Fanfare Magazine as “an excellent guitarist as well as an imaginative composer,” José Manuel Lezcano has been honored with numerous awards and performed for audiences on four continents. Lezcano’s first Guitar Concerto (2004) released on the North-South label in 2007 as Remembrances/Recuerdos was nominated for two Grammy Awards for “Best Contemporary Composition” (for his Guitar Concerto) and “Best Performance, Soloist with Orchestra”. He is Professor of Music at Keene State College. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1960, he earned degrees from Peabody Conservatory (BM), University of South Carolina (MM), and Florida State University (Ph.D. music theory).

Born in Poland, Barbara Lysakowski is an active solo and chamber music pianist in her native country and in the Boston area. She has performed with cellist Hartka in Duo de ja vu, praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for a performance that "provided a kind of magic" with "impressive, lyrical talents". Lysakowski earned her collegiate studies and Master of Arts in Piano Performance with Academic Honors at the Academy of Music in Gdansk with teacher Waldemar Wojtal. She earned a MM at the England Conservatory with Randall Hodgkinson. She is a member of the piano faculty and a staff accompanist at All Newton Music School.
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301