The Crypt Sessions

Matan Porat


Church of the Intercession 550 W 155th St New York, NY 10032

Matan Porat, piano

Wine & Food Tasting @ 7pm

Showtime @ 8pm

Thank you to our sponsor Yamaha for the piano

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the long version

Matan Porat is a sonic storyteller - weaving disparate threads into a musical tapestry that takes listeners through time and space, journeying toward something greater. Amidst the flickering candles of the Crypt, Porat will present his light-inspired program Lux, where twelve pieces, composed across twelve centuries, trace the course of a day from dawn to dusk. Each piece possesses its own unique luminescence - beginning with a Gregorian chant for the break of day, ending with Beethoven’s immortal “Moonlight” sonata, and interspersing works that range from contemporary composers Thomas Adès and Matthias Pintscher to Bartók, Debussy, Schumann and more.

The short version

Come hear one of today’s brightest pianistic talents light a candle in the crypt, and shine a path through the darkness for us to follow.

The Music

Gregorian Chant: Introitus Lux Fulgebit
Robert Schumann: Gesänge der Frühe op. 133- I. Im ruhigen Tempo
Claude Debussy: La Cathédrale engloutie (from Preludes, book I)
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Sonata no. 21 op. 53 in C Major “l’aurore”- III. Rondo. Allegretto moderato
Alexandre Scriabin: Sonata no. 4 op. 30 “sea of light”
Debussy (arr. Porat): Prélude à l’après midi d’un Faune
Franz Liszt: Harmonies du Soir (from Transcendental Etudes)
Thomas Adès: Darknesse Visible
Bela Bartók: Night Music (from Out of Doors suite)
Gregorian Chant: Exortum est in tenebris
Beethoven: Sonata no. 14 op. 27 no. 2 “moonlight”- I. Adagio sostenuto

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The Artists

Hailed by the New York Times for his “magnificent sound and breath of expression”, pianist and composer Matan Porat has performed in distinguished venues including the Philharmonie in Berlin, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Gaveau in Paris and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, and with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, and Hong Kong Sinfonietta.