New York's 'Free for All' Series Announces Spring Season

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The "Free for All at Town Hall" series will include performances by the forward-looking string quartet Ethel, mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, and guitarist Sharon Isbin this spring.

As the name suggests, the four-year-old series takes place at Town Hall on 42nd Street in Manhattan, and admission is free.

The season begins on May 14 with a performance by Ethel, playing works by Don Byron, Phil Kline, and others. On May 28, pianist Konstantin Lifschitz will play all of Shostakovich's 24 preludes and fugues in two recitals in the afternoon and evening.

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher makes her New York recital debut on June 11, playing works by Schnittke, Grieg, Brahms, and Ravel, accompanied by pianist Robert Kulek.

Finally, Isbin and Mentzer give a joint recital on June 25, performing works by Mozart, Granados, and de Falla. The program also includes solo guitar works by Albeniz, Granados, and others.

All of the concerts begin at 5 p.m., except for Lifschitz's recitals, which are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are required; they are available at the Town Hall box office starting at noon on the day of the performance.

The series was launched in 2002 by Jacqueline Taylor, the former director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Omus Hirshbein, the former head of the 92nd Street Y, with the aim of drawing wider audiences to chamber music. According to a spokesperson, nearly all of the concerts have been filled to capacity.

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